The tournament in Rotterdam is the first ATP 500 event of the year. For the first time it was held in 1972. Today it is valued by the great majority of players on men’s tour. The draw in Rotterdam seldom features top players but thanks to that it’s more competitive and there is no one obvious favorite. Every year we are delighted to see a new champion lifting the trophy.
Weather Condition and Courts
Rotterdam is a port city located at the North Sea. It experiences mild and humid climate with average temperatures at about -2 up to +2°C this time of the year.
The courts are typical of the European indoor swing and with many contenders having already played at ATP 250 events should present no difficulties in adapting.
Arthur Ashe holds the record for most titles with three, which is another proof that the event isn’t that easy to be won multiple times. In 2015 the event was won by Stan Wawrinka who has withdrawn this year with a knee injury. Last year Martin Klizan from Slovakia became a champion, which was a complete surprise to everyone. This year there is no chance he’ll defend the title as the competition will be much tougher.
2017 ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament Draw
There’s no outright favorite for the title this year. Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal pulled out and the draw got even more compact.
Grigor Dimitrov looks confident and doesn’t lack a winning feeling. There are also Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic but the both aren’t to their maximum. The constellation of Frenchmales after the struggle in Montpellier is likely to be out of steam this week.
Dominic Thiem and Lucas Pouille also have chances.
In general, the event is difficult to predict in advance. We’ll keep looking into the matter in the course of the event and publish regular match previews. What we can say for sure is that it’ll be a great and spectacular week!
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