Cameron Norrie Leads Eastbourne Field, Daniil Medvedev & Stefanos Tsitsipas In Mallorca: Scouting Report | ATP Tour

This week on the ATP Tour, the world’s top target to take their highest grass court level to a pair of ATP 250 events in Eastbourne and Mallorca.

Home favorite Cameron Norrie heads the draw at the Rothesay International in Eastbourne, where Jannik Sinner, defending champion Alex de Minaur and 2019 titlist Taylor Fritz will also be on the hunt for success on England’s south coast from June 20-25.

Daniil Medvedev defends his crown at the Mallorca Championships, which will take place on the Balearic Island from June 19-25. Those trying to stop the world No. 1 in Spain include Stefanos Tsitsipas, Denis Shapovalov and the in-form Nick Kyrgios.

ATPTour.com looks ahead at five things to look out for at each event.

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FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN EASTBOURNE

1) Norrie & Sinner Head: Norrie leads the pack at Eastbourne, as the world No. 11 struggles to bounce back from an opening round defeat to Grigor Dimitrov at The Queen’s Club last week. The UK No. 1 reached the quarter-finals in 2018, arriving in Eastbourne with an impressive 2022 record of 26-14, including two ATP Tour titles.

Sinner is second in his first tournament since he retired from his Roland Garros quarterfinal against Andrey Rublev due to a left knee injury. The Italian will make his debut in Eastbourne as he chases his first title on the pitch and his first title in 2022.

2) The Minaur defends crown: The Australian took his fifth touring title at Eastbourne last year by beating Lorenzo Sonego in the championship game. De Minaur is this time in sixth place on the English south coast, as he seeks better results after just one win in two tournaments in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and London.

3) Fritz leads US indictment: Another former champion, Taylor Fritz, leads a strong squad of Americans in Eastbourne. The world No. 14 fell at the first hurdle in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and London, but the third seed arrives with a 21-10 season record as he pursues his second 2022 title at a tournament where he takes the trophy in 2019 lifted.

Fritz is joined in the draw by compatriots Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe, Sebastian Korda and Jenson Brooksby, as well as fifth seed Reilly Opelka, who opens against another American in Maxime Cressy.

4) Draper, Evans Leads British Hope: In addition to Norrie, world No. 31 Daniel Evans and #NextGenATP contender Jack Draper will be among those enjoying home support as they aim to become Eastbourne’s first British Champion since Greg Rusedski in 2003.

Evans was a quarter-finalist in 2021, while 20-year-old Draper will try to back his impressive defeat to Fritz in London last week with a strong performance in his tournament debut. Wildcard Ryan Peniston also made headlines at The Queen’s Club, where he took his first tour-level win against Casper Ruud, also beating Francisco Cerundolo. The 26-year-old will be chasing another disturbance in Eastbourne as he opens against eighth seed Holger Rune.

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5) Defending Champs Mektic/Pavic: Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic try to maintain their dominance on Britain’s grass courts as they defend their title in Eastbourne. The Croatian duo also won the trophy at Wimbledon last year and will play together for their third title at the Cinch Championships on Sunday.

Their rivals in Eastbourne this week include second seed and 2019 champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, and Roland Garros finalists Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek.

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FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN MALLORCA

1) Medvedev defends title: The world No. 1 took his maiden title on the grass field last year during his tournament debut in Mallorca and he has surfaced in 2022. Medvedev was a finalist in ‘s-Hertogenbosch a week ago and returned to ATP Tour final this week at the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle, where he faces Hubert Hurkacz on Sunday for his first title of the year.

2) Tsitsipas & Shapovalov debuts: Stefanos Tsitsipas, second seed, is 2-2 on grass this year, but the Greek appeared to have found his footing in Halle last week, despite a narrow second-round loss to Nick Kyrgios. The world’s number 6 makes his debut in Mallorca, where he is chasing his second title of the year.

Another powerful 23-year-old, Denis Shapovalov, is aiming for his first win of the year on grass as he makes his first appearance in Mallorca. The Canadian hopes to rediscover the form that took him to his first Grand Slam semi-final at Wimbledon in 2021.

3) Kyrgios to kick on?: Kyrgios has looked confident in Germany for the past two weeks, reaching the semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle. Despite narrow defeats to Andy Murray and Hubert Hurkacz in those respective final-four clashes, the well-serving Australian will pose a major threat on his tournament debut in Mallorca as he chases grass for his first tour-level crown. Top class Medvedev is a potential quarterfinal opponent for the 27-year-old.

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4) Spaniards Chase Home Success: Fourth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta is the highest-ranked home hope in Mallorca, chasing his first title on the lawn. As a semi-finalist in 2021, he can turn to compatriot Feliciano Lopez for advice on how to advance further to the surface – the wildcard has won four of his seven tour titles on grass – while fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut also has experience in that division, after he won the trophy in 2014 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

5) Arevalo/Rojer Top Seeds: Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer’s eight-game winning streak ended in the Halle semifinals, but the El Salvadoran-Dutch duo remain one of the form teams on the ATP Tour, with three titles since they came together at the start of the year. . The Roland Garros champions are the frontrunners in Mallorca, where their highest-ranked rivals are the all-German duo Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.

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