HEILBRONN, June 3, 2023
With Hugo Dellien from Bolivia and Spaniard Jaume Munar, two of the favourites for the Heilbronn title, will meet in the first round at the 9th edition of the NECKARCUP. This was the result of the draw made by ATP supervisor Hans-Jürgen Ochs on Saturday evening.
World No. 81 Munar is seeded second at the ATP Challenger Tour 125 clay-court event and is seeking his ninth Challenger career title in southwestern Germany. The 160th-ranked Dellien had a good start into the 2023 season lifting his ninth career trophy at the ATP Challenger in Santiago de Chile in March. Dellien won the only previous meeting between the two in the opening round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome two years ago.
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Top seed Marco Cecchinato of Italy will face a qualifier in the first round and third seeded Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia will take on Cem Ilkel from Turkey.
Austrian wild card entry Dominic Thiem, who is still in search for his first crown since his 2020 US Open triumph, will start his title bid against World No. 154 Kaichi Uchida of Japan. The pair will meet for the first time.
2018 NECKARCUP champion Rudolf Molleker of Germany received a wild card into the main draw and will play a qualifier in the first round. Tournament director Metehan Cebeci awarded the third wild card to home favourite Marko Topo. The 19-year-old from Gräfelfing recently clinched his first two titles on the ITF World Tennis Tour at back-to-back events in Kursumlijska Banja, Serbia. Topo will meet Ukrainian Oleksii Krutykh in the first round.