The 50th ABN AMRO Open has finished accepting entries. The tournament’s late additions of Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov included some major names. The tournament has a very strong starting roster, including five players ranked in the top 10 of the ATP Rankings and five former champions.
The tournament’s 50th anniversary edition will go from February 11–19, 2023. Five players from the top 10 of the ATP Rankings were already revealed, including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Daniil Medvedev, and Holger Rune.
Dutchmen Botic van de Zandschulp and Tim van Rijthoven, as well as former champions Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, and Gael Monfils, were also included on the list. Five more players from the top 20 in the world were allowed to enter today’s tournament: Hubert Hurkacz (ranked 11), Alexander Zverev (ranked 13), Pablo Carreo Busta (15), Jannik Sinner (16), and Karen Khachanov (20).
The provisional roster is completed by Lorenzo Sonego, Borna Coric, Alex de Minaur, Roberto Bautista Agut, Grigor Dimitrov, Daniel Evans, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Alexander Bublik, Maxime Cressy, Richard Gasquet, Emil Ruusuvuori, and Daniel Evans.
Richard Krajicek, the competition’s director: “It’s the area we focus on each year. Many players from the top 10, renowned figures, and rising stars are competing for the championship. With Rune, Sinner, and Auger-Aliassime, you have three of the top players, with the latter already standing out with the current standings as the defending champion.
The presence of past champions Rublev, Wawrinka, Monfils, and Murray in addition to him indicates that there are numerous favorites to win the match.” The comeback of Alexander Zverev, who recently reclaimed the racket after a protracted injury, is particularly intriguing.
Krajicek: “Alexander Zverev returning to the court and attending the ABN AMRO Open is welcome news. He appeared to be making one more push for the top spot in 2022, but his accident came at the worst possible time.”
On Type 1 diabetes, Zverev
In an endearing conversation with tennis commentator James Bracey, Alexander Zverev discussed playing tennis while dealing with Type-1 diabetes.
“You may lead a typical life. With this kind of disease, you can become anything you want to be. I only really care about playing tennis, therefore that is what I want to do.” “This is what really stuck in my mind and that made me very sad as well to be honest,” he remarked in reference to the physicians’ pessimistic outlook. “I don’t think you should set any restrictions for kids as it’s simply not fair to them.”