Bordeaux Challenger Receives Star-Studded Cast

The 14th edition of the BNP Paribas Primrose ATP Bordeaux Challenger promises to be a historic one. This particular Challenger has always attracted some star players as it is right before Roland Garros and takes place in France, so it gives many players the opportunity to get in shape right before the second Grand Slam of the year begins. The Challenger in Bordeaux takes place between May 14 and 20, just a few weeks before Roland Garros and during the second week of the Rome Masters.

The 2023 entry list makes no exception with 28 players within the current ATP top 100 confirming that they will be taking part in Bordeaux’s Challenger. However, what makes this year’s list unique not only for Bordeaux but for the entire Challenger Tour is that for the first time ever 3 Grand Slam champions have put down their names as participants. Those being Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem. The trio have all struggled for form so far in 2023 and they will clearly be using the Challenger Event at Villa Primrose to try and get in shape for the French Open.

2023 Bordeaux ATP Challenger First-Ever Challenger to Have 3 Grand Slam Winners

At the moment of writing Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem have confirmed that they will take part in this year’s Bordeaux ATP Challenger between 14-20 May. If this really happens and none of the above pulls out injured Bordeaux’s Challenger will make history as the first-ever Challenger Tour event to have 3 Grand Slam winners taking part.

Right now, we believe this move is logical for all 3 players. All of Murray, Thiem and Wawrinka have struggled for form all season. None of them can be expected to cause ripples in Madrid or Rome. Instead, they can join what is a pretty competitive field anyway and try to improve their match-readiness on clay ahead of Roland Garros.

Due to all that we believe that the coming Bordeaux Challenger will truly make history as the first-ever 175ATP event with 3 Grand Slam winners taking part in the same year.

Bordeaux Challenger
General view during the BNP Paribas Primrose, Challenge of Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Cedric Vlemmings/Icon Sport)

2023 BNP Paribas Primorse Bordeaux ATP Challenger Entry List, Who Else Is There

This year’s Bordeaux ATP Challenger really promises to be an exciting event with Murray, Thiem and Wawrinka only 3 of the 28 ATP top 100 players set to take part. The highest ranked player will the Brit Dan Evans, currently world number 24. The American Nishioka, world number 34, has also confirmed he will be there.

The locals will have plenty to get excited about too as the world number 43 Richard Gasquet and the world number 46 Adrian Mannarino have been confirmed as participants too. To hype further the French interest the organisers gave the struggling ex-top 20 French star Gael Monfils a wildcard. He is always fun to watch and is certain to produce some outrageous rallies when he steps on the courts of Villa Primrose.

While most eyes of the tennis world will be on Rome’s Masters that week we think that the 2023 Bordeaux Challenger will be probably as exciting, if not even more competitive, event that is worth keeping an eye on. Also, it’s destined to make history if all of Murray, Thiem and Wawrinka turn up for the start of play as they have promised.

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