This Week On The ATP Tour – CW39

Main draw ceremony at the Astana Open (photo: KTF)

STARNBERG, September 27, 2023

Beijing hosts an ATP 500 tournament from 28 September to 4 October while there is ATP 250 action in Astana from 27 September to 3 October.

Alcaraz returns to action in Beijing

Eight of the Top 10 players in the ATP Rankings are set to compete at the China Open in Beijing. Carlos Alcaraz from Spain and Daniil Medvedev of Russia will make their debut at the hard-court event in China, where Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev of Germany, Holger Rune from Denmark and Casper Ruud of Norway seek deep runs to boost their Nitto ATP Finals hopes.

Alcaraz is set for his first tournament since his semi-final defeat to Medvedev at the US Open. The World No. 2 and top seed will start his China Open campaign against a qualifier. Second-seeded Medvedev will take on US-American Tommy Paul in the first round.

Thiem, Wawrinka compete in Astana Open

In addition to the star-studded ATP 500 event, which takes place for the first time since 2019, there is also action at the Astana Open. Home favourite Alexander Bublik joins Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem of Austria in the field at the ATP 250 event. The two Grand Slam champions could square off in the second round, which would mark their first meeting since 2017 in Indian Wells when both were Top 10 players.

After claiming the first two titles of his career this season in Pune, India and on home soil in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Tallon Griekspoor hopes to continue his breakout season in the capital city of Kazakhstan. The 27-year-old Dutch enters the hard-court tournament as the top seed, at a career-high World No. 24.