The Week Ahead: Up The Ante

Posted by Brodie under: Costa Da Sauipe, Paris, Pattaya City, Rotterdam, San Jose, The Week Ahead

7 Feb 2010

Men – Rotterdam (500)

Official Site: Here
Draw: Here
Top Seeds:
Nole, Koala Bear, Sod, T-Rob

Considering EVERYONE AND THEIR DOG (Rafa, Jo, Gilles, Gael…) withdrew from this tournament, the tournament goes from looking like a legit 500 tournament, with 5 or 6 big name players, to only really Nole, Kolya, and Sod who took a wildcard. Nole and Kolya are overwhelming favourites, after the way they’ve been playing.

Women – Paris (Premier)

Official Site: Here
Draw: Here
Top Seeds:
Elena, Flavs, Wicky, Franny

Really got to like Elena’s draw for this one, and she comes in as a finalist from last year. I don’t mind Wicky or Shahar for cheaper pick-ups, as well. Definitely worth keeping an eye out for the local faves Gypsy and Aravane. Oh, and I tweeted earlier “Has Serena withdrawn yet or did I make that?” I’m not going to pretend like I’m a prophet, however.

Men – San Jose (250)

Official Site: Here
Draw: Here
Top Seeds:
Dick, Nando, The Sex, HaasSauce

Diggin’ Dick’s draw big time, he likes to play well in the US. Old Man Haas ain’t a bad pick either. Take your pick from the top seeds really, the depth of the draw is extremely limited.

Men – Costa Da Sauipe (250)

Official Site: Here
Draw: Here
Top Seeds:
JCF, Montanes, Tomasz, Igor A

If Igor decides to play anything like he did against Fed in Melbourne, he’s a solid pick here early in the year. And if you still don’t have the steal that is Richie, now is the time to do so. Otherwise I’m steering wide of this tournament picks wise, due to the lack of top players.

Women – Pattaya City (International)

Official Site: Here
Draw: Here
Top Seeds:
Bepa, Sabine, Dushbag, Slava

Sabine is probably an absolute must, at least for me. Great price, solid draw. Bepa is questionable with the injury and the depth of the draw is really just to weak to take anyone else here, I think.

Just on a random point, for picking with the women, nearly every top player is (supposed to be) in action next week in Dubai, so pick away. Going to stop posting the entire MTR tennis pool club rankings, and instead will just do the top 10. Pool trading is now open, and open until Monday, 8pm EST.

1 Dogtown (managed by Tracey) 8324
2 ally_r (managed by Alison) 8024
3 repoman13 (managed by Miguel) 7898
4 AnaTennisGirl (managed by Ana) 7785
5 downtwo22 (managed by Joe) 7564
6 eastcoast (managed by Renee) 7425
7 MindTheRacket (managed by Brodie) 7313
8 phillies07_08 (managed by Brian) 7239
9 Becky2705 (managed by Rebecca) 7065
10 RagingBitch (managed by Jills) 6865

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