Location: Budapest, Hungary
Surface: Outdoor red clay courts
Category: ATP 250
Prize money: 482,060 €
Top seed: Lucas Pouille
Defending champion: none (the event is organized for the first time)
It's the first ATP tournament held in Budapest, Hungary. This event is relocated from Bucharest, Romania. It's played at the same time as ATP Barcelona and offers comparatively low stakes. However many players are attracted by the chance of becoming the first time champions and this is why we can see here some players from Top 50.
Weather and Courts
The weather in Budapest will be uncertain for this week: +20°C in sunny days, and not higher than +13°C in gloomy days. In the evenings the temperature will drop to +10°C only. On some days rains are expected. That’s why players will have to adapt to temperature extremes. Strong wind (over 20 kmph) should also be noted as it will significantly influence the power and accuracy of shots.
As the event is hosted by Budapest for the first time, it’s very difficult to say anything about the surface. It will manifest itself in the course of the event.
Lucas Pouille is the first seeded. The Frenchmale has made a deep run in Monte Carlo but the ATP 250 isn’t his format. We don’t expect he’ll show something worthwhile.
Ivo Karlovic is seeded second. The Croat’s giant can catch momentum. Rainy weather will make the bounce lower, which will favor big hitters.
Gilles Simon, Paolo Lorenzi, Viktor Troicki and Robin Haase shall win in the opening round, but they will hardly compete for the title. Fernando Verdasco and Diego Schwartzman has good winning chances. The both are in decent physical and mental form.
Also, there’s Borna Coric in the main draw. The young Croat’s gun should be taken into account. He’s on the rise now.
Martin Klizan is not at his best. However, he has one very valuable quality: capability to get juiced to matches.
With all this in mind, Fernando Verdasco and Diego Schwartzman seem to be strong contenders and can be backed on the market.
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