After a successful inaugural edition in 2015, the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open returns to the ATP World Tour in 2016 with Bernard Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov leading the field, 25 April-1 May 2016.
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The European clay-court season, some of the most densely packed and popular weeks on the ATP World Tour, continues in the week beginning Monday 25 April with three 250-level clay-court events offering a chance for top players to tune up their games ahead of the Madrid and Rome Masters and the French Open.
Top-25 player Bernard Tomic, the mercurial Australian, will lead the field alongside Grigor Dimitrov, the former phenom, top-10player and Grand Slam semifinalist who is looking to rebuild his career after a prolonged slump. Big-serving Ivo Karlovic, Houston champion Juan Monaco and two men who have claimed top-five wins already this season, Federico Delbonis and Jiri Vesely, are also in the field when the 2016 TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open begins Monday 25 April.
Grigor Dimitrov (Clive Mason/Getty Images)
A new addition to the ATP World Tour calendar in 2015, the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open is the latest stage in the burgeoning of Istabul’s tennis profile. Formerly the host city for the WTA Tour’s season-ending championships, which enjoyed a wildly successful sojourn in the Turkish capital from 2011 to 2013 before moving on to Singapore, Istanbul now hosts some of the best in men’s tennis for a 250 event played in the heart of the European clay-court season.
Falling in the two-week lull between the beginning of the European clay-court season at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the forthcoming back-to-back Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome, all leading up to the second Grand Slam of the year at the French Open, ATP Istanbul is the first men’s tennis event to be held in Turkey.
The Istanbul Open is played on outdoor red clay at the Koza World of Sports facility, which bills itself as the largest tennis academy in the world. The complex features a 7,500-seat centre court with a retractable roof as well as two other show courts for total seating of 9,500.
Federico Delbonis (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
ATP Istanbul scored a major coup for its inaugural edition when it secured Roger Federer, arguably the greatest player of all time, to lead the field at the first ever TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open. The 17-time Grand Slam champion did not disappoint on his first trip to Turkey, which garnered huge national attention: He defeated Jarkko Nieminen, Daniel Gimeno Traver, Diego Schwartzman and experienced, accomplished clay-courter Pablo Cuevas in the final, claiming his 85th ATP World Tour title. Turkey became the 19th different country in which Federer had won an ATP title, and the champion took home €80,000 and 250 ranking points.
With Federer not returning for the 2016 Istanbul Open, those 250 ranking points are up for grabs and could provide a crucial rankings or seedings boost ahead of the major clay-court events at Madrid and Rome and the second Grand Slam of the year at the French Open.
Bernard Tomic will be chief amongst those battling hard for those ranking points. Already a runner-up on hard courts in Acapulco to Dominic Thiem in 2016 as well as a semifinalist at the Brisbane International, the multifaceted Australian is still looking for his first title of the season and will want to claim it in Istanbul. Grigor Dimitrov, a Wimbledon semifinalist and top-10 player in 2014, is also looking for his first title of the season after a runner-up finish in Sydney and a semifinal appearance at Delray Beach.
Dimitrov and Tomic are joined by a strong field including Marrakech champion Federico Delbonis, who beat Andy Murray in Indian Wells earlier this year, and Jiri Vesely, the left-handed clay-courter who scored a stunning win over Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo. The big-serving Ivo Karlovic, returning from injury, and Houston champion Juan Monaco are also among the players set to take to the courts at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open when it begins on Monday 25 April.
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