Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are the first three players confirmed to play the 45th edition of ATP Rotterdam that will be played from 12 to 18 February. 'We have a solid base to put together a strong and competitive field, so that fans can watch high level tennis every day', tournament director Richard Krajicek said.
'From Zverev, Dimitrov and Tsonga, we expect a lot also in the next months. They could do some damage in some events.' Both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who respectively withdrew from 2017 and 2016 event, are unlikely to play.
It has been a few unlucky last years for Rotterdam, as last year also Stan Wawrinka withdrew. 'It seems Zverev is the toughest younger player to breakthrough', Krajicek added. 'It seems only a matter of time before he becomes World No.
1. I expect a lot from Tsonga in 2018, while Dimitrov has a bright future after winning his first Masters 1000 career title this year in Cincinnati.' ALSO READ: Alexander Zverev to keep working with Juan Carlos Ferrero in Asia .