The British challenge in the upcoming week of men’s tennis will be led by Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie, who will participate at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco Open and the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston respectively.
Interestingly, both have been named third seeded players at the respective competitions.
Edmund, who had been out of action since the end of the Australian Open where he was sent packing in the first round, returned to court at the Indian Wells Challenger in March which he went on to win. He later called it something that turns things around for him.
And surely, the world number 22 had a couple of solid runs at the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Masters but he failed to make it beyond the fourth round at either. To be fair to Edmund, the players defeating him at those tournaments, went on to make the final – Roger Federer and John Isner respectively.
Edmund will enter the Morocco Open as one of the favourites, having made the final of the tournament last season before he lost to Pablo Andujar. The tournament begins on April 8 in the beautiful city of Marrakesh.
On the other hand, Norrie will hope to shrug off his back to back first round defeats at the Sunshine Masters and hope he can reproduce the kind of form that had seen him make it as far as the semi-finals at Acapulco. Or for that matter, even through to the final at Auckland, where he lost to Tennys Sandgren.
Norrie, the third seed, will have his opponent revealed to him on Sunday with top seeds Steve Johnson and Jeremy Chardy having earned byes into round two.
Some of the other top men’s players in action this coming week on clay include Alexander Zverev, who is the top seed at the Morocco Open, Fabio Fognini, the second seed, fourth seeded Gilles Simon, and the likes of Laslo Djere, Fernando Verdasco, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz, Macknzie McDonald, Jordan Thompson and Sam Querrey are the players in action at Houston.