July 16, 2024
Andy-Murray

Novak Djokovic was handed a wildcard entry into the ATP 250 tournament and enjoys a bye into the second round as the top seed.
Novak Djokovic has made the unusual call to enter the Geneva Open in the week before the French Open and could start his campaign against former world No 1 Andy Murray.

Novak Djokovic was handed a wildcard entry into the ATP 250 tournament and enjoys a bye into the second round as the top seed.

ANDY MURRAY COULD BE FIRST OPPONENT FOR NOVAK DJOKOVIC
He is bracketed to face the winner of the first-round contest between Murray and Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann.

Of course, given Hanfmann’s solid record on clay, victory is far from guaranteed for Murray who played his first matches on clay this season at the Bordeaux Challenger in the past week.

Murray and Hanfmann have met once before, coincidentally also on Swiss soil, with the Brit coming out on top at the Swiss Indoors in Basel last October.

Djokovic headlines a surprisingly strong Geneva Open field which also includes No 2 seed Casper Ruud, and Americans Taylor Fritz and Ben Shelton who round out the players earning first-round byes as the No 3 and No 4 seeds respectively.

The world No 1 could meet No 6 seed Tallon Griekspoor in the last eight provided he reaches the quarterfinal and the Dutchman defeats Christopher Eubanks and the winner of the first-round meeting between Federico Coria and wildcard Denis Shapovalov.

TAYLOR FRITZ WILL FACE COMRADE
Fritz is locked in to facing an American compatriot in his first outing with Alex Michelsen and qualifier Aleksandar Kovacevic set to do battle for the right to face the US No 1 in the round of 16.

Jack Draper is the eighth seed for the Geneva Open and starts his campaign with a tough match against Czech Tomas Machac with either David Goffin or Nicolas Moreno De Alboran awaiting the winner of that contest.

No 7 seed Fabian Marozsan is in a tough section as well as he starts against Alexander Shevchenko and could face either Emil Ruusuvuori or Marcos Giron in the second round.

Shelton will play his first match in the Round of 16 where he is drawn to take on either Aslan Karetsev or Flavio Cobolli.

No 5 seed Sebastian Baez will start against India’s Sumit Nagal with the winner of that match facing either Daniel Altmeier or Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena in the last 16.

Australia’s Rinky Hijikata will tackle Austrian Sebastian Ofner for the right to take on Ruud in the Round of 16.

With two Geneva Open titles, Ruud shares the record for the most championships in this event with Stan Wawrinka and Mats Wilander.

The event is staged at the Tennis Club de Genève at the Parc des Eaux-Vives, the oldest and largest tennis club in Switzerland.

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