Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Category: ATP 250 Series
Prize money: $450,110
Top seed: Roberto Bautista Agut
Defending champion: Roberto Bautista Agut
The event in Auckland goes back to the year 1920 when it was played by the local players only. In 1956 professional athletes were admitted to participate in it. Since then the ASB Classic gained its popularity in the international arena. We never expect to see big names at this warm-up event prior the Australian Open as they prefer to have some more rest. At the same time the reasonable amount of prize money makes it attractive to mid level players.
Weather and Surface Conditions in Auckland
The weather situation in new Zealand isn’t that aggressive as in Australia. This week it’s forecasted only 17-20°C, while in Melbourne it will be 33-37°C. On the other hand, it will be rather humid in Auckland (about 70-90%). But generally these conditions are quite calm and pleasant before the two-week hell in Melbourne.
The courts in Auckland are similar to the Australian Open courts and to those played in Brisbane. They are classified as medium fast and are comfortable to perform on. What’s more, many of those in the draw have already warmed up in Brisbane and will show their best.
Champions Info of the ASB Classic
Last year the title was lifted by Roberto Bautista Agut. In 2015 Jiri Vesely was the best, while in 2014 John Isner dominated. David Ferrer won the event for four times and is seeded third this year. Interestingly, all of them will struggle this time so we expect to see very fascinating tennis!
2017 Auckland Draw Analysis
Of all players, Bautista Agut is by far the most promising. He will meet in the second bye the winner of the Zeballos/Vesely battle. It won’t be difficult for the Spaniard. After his path won’t be much more challenging. In the final he’s expected to see David Ferrer, which is also not a big trouble. Jack Sock also has chances for success. The American was on fire at Hopman Cup and will definitely show excellent tennis in Auckland.
Karen Khachanov may also impress us. His main obstacle is Yen-Hsun Lu. Shall the Russian cope with him, he’ll be able to make a deep run. John Isner is seeded second and but we’re skeptical about how far he can go this time in the ASB Tennis Center this time.
We’ll get some money prior to the Australian Open hard battles!
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