Scouting Report: Alcaraz, Isner & Thiem Headline Umag, Atlanta & Kitzbühel | ATP Tour

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to reflect the retractions of Kasper Ruud and Matteo Berretini from Kitzbuehel.

Action takes place on both clay and hard courts this week on the ATP Tour as a host of top 20 stars compete in three ATP 250 events across two continents.

Reigning Champion Carlo Alcaraz headlines on the field Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umagwhile Dominik Thiem leads at the other European clay court event of the week, the General open in Kitzbuehel. In the United States, John Isner will aim to win his seventh title on the hard courts Atlanta open.

ATPTour.com looks at five things to see from every event.

Show draws: Atlanta | Kitzbuehel | Umag

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FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN ATLANTA
1) Opelka leads the field: Reilly Opelka will lead the field in Atlanta as he prepares for his fifth appearance at the ATP 250 hard court tournament. The 24-year-old, who won titles on American soil in Dallas and Houston in 2022, reached the semifinals in Atlanta in 2016 and 2019 before celebrating a place in the quarterfinals last year. The top seed will open his campaign against Ilya Ivashka or Quentin Halys.

2) Can Isner Continue Atlanta Love Affair? Isner has won six titles in Atlanta, with his most recent success coming last year when he defeated the #NextGenATP compatriot Brandon Nakashima in the final. The 37-year-old, who lifted the trophy for the first time in 2013, holds a 36-5 record at the tournament and will look to further improve on that record when he takes on the NCAA singles champion Ben Shelton or a qualifier in his opening game.

3) Kyrgios returns: Two weeks after the flight to his first grand finale Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios will look to continue his momentum on the hard courts in Atlanta. The Aussie, who holds a 21-7 record this season, is a former Georgia champion, having beaten Isner to win the title in 2016. The 27-year-old begins his title hunt against a qualifier.

4) Tie stacked with Americans: With no qualifiers, 11 Americans are in the draw Frances Tiafoe, Thomas Paul and Sebastian Korda among the outstanding names. Tiafoe is making his fifth appearance at Atlanta, his best result this season being a run to the final at Estoril. Paul comes back from a strong turf swing where he struck a 7-4 record, while Korda will return to action for the first time since June when he picked up an injury at Eastbourne.

Tiafoe could face Korda first in Atlanta if the latter overcomes a qualifier in his opening match while Paul takes on another American jack sock.

5) Kyrgios/Kokkinakis reunited: Australian Open Champions Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis in Atlanta for the first time since their semifinal run in Miami in March. However, the Australian duo face stiff competition in Georgia, where the top seeds reside Roland Garros finalists Austin Krajicek and Ivan Dodig. American Rajeev Ram and jack sock and Wimbledon master Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell also compete in doubles.

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FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN KITZBÜHEL
1) Thiem on home soil:
Austrian Dominik Thiem will be in Kitzbühel for the ninth time this week in a bid to achieve even more success at his home game. The 28-year-old won the title in his last appearance in 2019, while also advancing to the final in 2014. Thiem arrives very confident after underpinning his quarter-final run in Bastad by reaching the semi-finals in Gstaad. Thiem faces Richard Gasquet in the first round.

2) Clay Court Threats: Roberto Bautista Agutfour-time ATP Tour title listing Albert Ramos Vinolas and Santiago champion Pedro Martinez are among the players chasing their first Kitzbühel title. Bautista Agut, the third seed, has won 10 ATP Tour titles, including one earlier this year in Doha. The Spaniard will be looking to lift his first clay-court trophy since winning in Stuttgart in 2014.

3) Garin on sound: Also in the raffle Christian Garin, who has won all five of his Tour-level trophies on clay. Garin, who reached the quarterfinals Wimbledon Earlier this month will face Federico Coria on his tournament debut.

4) #NextGenATP Lehecka: Jiri Lehecka comes 65th in the Pepperstone ATP rankings for his Kitzbühel debut. The 20-year-old Czech, who is sixth in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan, reached a first semi-final on the ATP Tour in Rotterdam in only his second tour-level event and found some form with a run on the clay through to the quarter-finals last week at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Iasi, Romania.

5) Erdler/Miedler defend home crown: Wild cards Alexander Erler and Luca Miedler enjoyed a dream run to their first ATP Tour doubles title in Kitzbuehel in 2021 and the pair return to defend their crown in front of their home fans. Tim Puetz and MichaelVenus are the top seeds in a stacked draw where the second seeds are Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop and third seed Kevin Krawietz and Andrew Mies is also aiming for a successful week in the Austrian Alps.

FIVE THINGS TO SEE IN UMAG
1) Defending champions Alcaraz: Umag has special memories Carlo Alcaraz, who claimed his first tour-level title at the ATP 250 event last year. The Spaniard, who was 73rd on the Pepperstone ATP rankings when he won the trophy 12 months ago, will lead the field as a top seed this week and is arriving in form after reaching the final in Hamburg, where he is competing Lorenzo Musetti for the title. The 19-year-old, who will crack the world top five on Monday, has won his first two ATP Masters 1000 titles this season in Miami and Madrid.

2) Sinner is looking for the first title of 2022: Jannik sinner is making his first appearance since reaching the quarterfinals Wimbledon when he enters the court in Umag. The 20-year-old Italian has reached six quarterfinals at tour level this season but has yet to add to his five ATP Tour titles in 2022. Sinner, who reached the second round at the clay court event on his debut in 2019, clash Jaume Munar or Michael Ymer in his first game.

3) Baez on the rise: Sebastian Bass enjoying the best season of his career. The Argentine clinched his first tour-level title on clay at Estoril in April, while reaching the final at Bastad earlier in the month before losing to Countryman Francisco Cerundolo in the final. The 21-year-old makes his debut in Umag.

4) Can Rune regain his form? #NextGenATP Dane Holger Rune started the year in top form, lifting the trophy in Munich before getting upset Stefanos Tsitsipas on the way to the quarterfinals Roland Garros. However, the 19-year-old, who is third in the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan, has struggled to find his best form in recent weeks. He will look to end a six-game losing streak when he takes on Bernabe zapata Miralles or home wildcard Dino Prizmic in his opening game in Croatia.

5) Bolelli/Fognini Top Seeds: Simon Bolelli and Fabio Fognini They clinched their first ATP Tour doubles title as a pair in Umag in 2011 and the Italians are the top seeds in Croatia this week as they chase their second title of the year. Form Raphael Matos and David Vega Hernandez are the second seeds, with the Brazilian-Spanish couple aiming for their fourth tour-level title since first teaming in March.

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