ATP 250 PLAVA LAGUNA CROATIAN OPEN; MOVING ON FROM WIMBLEDON
The Croatian Open will definitely come as a balm for some the players after Wimbledon let off.
While most Croatians will be cheering for their men’s football national team, some will stay true to their tennis passion and will catch up on the world cup from the Plava Laguna Open.
Some of the players at this year’s tournament are fresh off Wimbledon and will be looking to shake off the disappointment or carry their confidence into the last quarter of the season.
While the seeds of the tournament are still to be decided, we do know a few of the guys who will be playing.
Enter Kyle Edmund
Edmund ended Andy Murray’s thoughts of a comeback this season at Eastbourne and arrived at Wimbledon as the man carryingEnglish hopes, but was halted by the resurgent Novak Djokovic in the Round of 32, in four sets. His record for this year is 21-12 and he’ll be hoping for his first title of the year here in Croatia.
Last year’s winner Andrey Rublev will be back to defend his title, the 20-year old having a disappointing season so far, given what he showed us last year. With only 20 matches in 2018, the Russian is still to win a title, but will be looking to use the confidence from last year.
Lajovic has moved down in the standings, but he is still a player that can make anything happen and should not be ruled out here in Croatia. He is still to win a title this season.
Frenchman Benoit Paire is one of those genius level of crazy players who is good enough to push legends like Federer to their edge when he is having a good day and then totally lose it the next with complaints, lack of control and poor decision-making. Ousted by Del Potro in the Round of 32 at Wimbledon, the 29 year old looks ready for his maiden title of 2018.
Damir Dzumhur couldn’t go any further than the Round of 64 in this year’s Wimbledon, but has shown remarkable growth this season, breaking into the top 20 and even winning a title. He’ll be looking to put Wimbledon behind him with a stronger run in Croatia.
Pablo Cuevas, Robin Haase and Paulo Lorenzi are some of the other names that will feature in this year’s tournament.