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Finally, we are about to enter what’s commonly known as the ‘American swing’ on the ATP Tour. With several Masters events and the US Open as the conclusion, for me, it’s one of the most exciting times of the year. Of course, all of the events that are played at this point in the season are hard-court events. And the first of these is kicking off tomorrow, with the ATP 500 Washington event kicking off with the first rounds on Monday. The draw has recently been put together too, which is what I will be focusing on here.
In case you missed it, guys like Rublev, Hurkacz, Dimitrov, Murray, Fritz, and many others are all due to compete. Some of the bigger names are missing, but this is fairly standard until we get to the first Masters events in the USA. Anyway, the ATP Washington event still promises plenty of great tennis! And if you want to get familiar with how the tournament is shaping up, I suggest reading through the information presented below.
Washington ATP 500 Draw – A Full Breakdown
As a reminder, this tournament is scheduled to begin on August 1st. At the time of writing, this means that the first games are starting tomorrow. I’ve taken an in-depth look at the draw recently. And I believe there are many things that you need to be aware of before the action begins. So without further ado, here is the key information for you to check out:
Key Seeded Players
As mentioned previously, the top guys won’t play in the ATP 500 Washington tournament. Mind you, there are several top 10 players involved. And the majority of the top 20 are heading to Washington for this one. In terms of the top seeds, guys like Rublev, Hurkacz, Fritz, Opelka, and Dimitrov occupy the first five spots, respectively. So this already shows that many of the world’s best are about to battle things out in the DC heat.
Top First and Second Round Matches
Now that you have an idea of the top seeds, let’s move to some of the initial matches. Looking at the list of first-round games, I think that Goffin vs Sock, Kozlov vs Draper, and Kyrgios vs Giron are the three top matches to tune in for. These are the matches that could be pretty tasty thanks to game styles, similar abilities, and on-court personalities (in the case of Nick Kyrgios). And looking ahead to the second-round games, we could see some tasty clashes. Murray vs Karatsev, Brooksby vs de Minaur, and an all-British clash in the form of Evans vs Edmund are the ones to watch.
Of course, these guys have to win their first-round matches for this to happen.
Potential Deep Draw Clashes
Taking the seedings into account, we would see many great quarter-final matches. These include Rublev vs Shapovalov, Fritz vs de Minaur or Karatsev, Tiafoe vs Opelka in an all-American match, and Dimitrov vs Baez as a round-of-16 match. Again, these games would be well worth watching if you get the chance!