Tennis: Monfils tops SA Open tennis seedings

2010-01-27 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Frenchman Gael Monfils will top the seedings at this year’s SA Tennis Open, which begins in Montecasino on Monday.

The public backing for this tournament has been superb and already all tickets for the semi-finals and final have been sold.

“It proves that when you bring the right event to South Africa, the public are prepared to go out and support the tournament,’’ said Ian Smith, CEO of the SA Tennis Association.

“Last year this tournament was a great success at Montecasino, and once again, with still a few days to go before the start, next Saturday and Sunday are already sold out.’’

Monfils was due to play at last year’s event, but had to pull out due to injury. As the current world No. 12, his first appearance in South Africa will be as the top seed. He will be one of four Frenchman in the top eight.

Last year’s runner up, Jeremy Chardy, will be seeded at No. 3, while compatriots Marc Giquel and Florent Serra will be the No. 5 and No. 7 seeds respectively.

Second seed will be Spain’s David Ferrer. He is currently ranked 18 and will be hoping to improve on last year’s semi-final berth, where he went out to Chardy in three sets.

Fourth seed will be Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. The world’s No. 46 is an exciting player to watch and he is one of the few Spaniards who is willing to come to the net.

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