September 21 - September 27, 2020
The top headline in Hamburg isn’t who’s in the draw, but who isn’t. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are missing, naturally; they just played in Rome. But also absent are the tour’s most prominent German speakers, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. The US Open finalists will go to Paris having not played any matches on clay. They must still be a little gassed, physically and mentally, after their four-hour psychodrama in New York.
But much of the rest of the ATP’s elite will be in Hamburg. That includes Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas—who has hopefully recovered from a US Open psychodrama of his own—Roberto Bautista Agut, Gael Monfils, Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman, Karen Khachanov, Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime and two-time defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili.
First-round matches to watch (there are a lot of them):
Medvedev vs. Ugo Humbert
Tsitsipas vs. Dan Evans
Ruud vs. Benoit Paire
Bautista Agut vs. Basilashvili
Jan-Lennard Struff vs. Khachanov
Rublev vs. Tennys Sandgren
Tommy Paul vs. Kevin Anderson
Yoshihito Nishioka vs. Rome quarterfinalist Dominik Koepfer