Tournament Page: ATP Newport

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  • Top Seeds: Steve Johnson, Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Muller, Marcos Baghdatis
  • Defending Champion: Rajeev Ram
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NEWPORT, USA – The grass court festivities have not stopped at Wimbledon as the tour heads to Newport in the USA for the Hall of fame Tennis championships.

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Order of Play



[1] Steve Johnson

One of the stand out performers on grass was the big serving American, Johnson. The top seed here backed his Nottingham title run with a fourth round finish at Wimbledon- not bad for a player who was struggling to win matches at the start of the season.

The strong results of late have put Johnson as one of the favourites, and rightfully so. He is the highest ranked player here and his serve and forehand translate well onto the grass.

[2] Ivo Karlovic

The Croatian giant might consider his grass court season a bit of a disappointment thus far. He was upset at Wimbledon by Lukas Lacko in the second round, and his best result was a semi final appearance at ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

With his serve though, Karlovic is always a huge threat on grass. Expect many aces from his side of the net, and it is that weapon that makes him many people’s favourite to take home the title.

[3] Gilles Muller

Having a big serve seems to be a common theme amongst the top seeds in Newport. Muller is no exception to that as he himself possesses a wicked lefty serve coupled with great touch at the net.

His overall grass court season reads good results, but his glaring loss to Andrey Kuznetsov in the second round of Wimbledon may have erased some of that confidence he built.

[4] Marcos Baghdatis

‘Baggy’ might be no spring chicken anymore but he can still compete with the best of them on his day. His year has been positive in general, but his Wimbledon run was stopped at the first hurdle at the hands of John Isner. There’s plenty of big servers in this draw who can give Baghdatis trouble.

It is difficult to assess how far the world Australian Open finalist will go, because well, he’s Baghdatis. Consistency has never been his strong suite, but in form he can make a run for the title here.

The Hall of Fame Tennis Championships takes place between 11-17 July.