After five years in Shenzhen, one of the Chinese ATP tournaments will move to Zhuhai this September, marking the beginning of the Asian swing together with Chengdu. Staged at the Zhuhai Hengqin International Tennis Centre, the event stands as one of the reachest ATP 250 events in the calendar and the organizers will do their best to attract as many good players as possible.
Back in April, they had announced Nick Kyrgios, Roberto Bautista Agut and the Australian Open semi-finalist and the top-10 star Stefanos Tsitsipas as the first players that will fight for the title, adding Alex de Minaur to the list earlier in July.
After a great start of 2019, de Minaur had struggled with injuries before making a strong return in Atlanta, toppling four rivals without facing a break point for the second title of the year, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the season and standing as one of the title favorites in Zhuhai.
Wasting no time, the organizers have added two more names to the players' field, with Borna Coric and Cameron Norrie picking Zhuhai over Chengdu to join the action and make the draw even more interesting. Borna Coric is currently ranked 14th after 21 triumphs in 2019 so far, competing in the fourth round at the Australian Open, the semi-final in Dubai and the quarter-final in Miami and Monte Carlo, scoring four wins on grass before skipping Wimbledon with a back injury.
Last year in Shenzhen, Borna lost to Cameron Norrie in the first round and the British star is the sixth confirmed player for Zhuhai, playing in the final in Auckland at the beginning of the season and in the semi-final in Acapulco and last week in Atlanta as well.
The organizers have enough time to chase more good top-30 players and make the draw as strong as possible in the absence of the top-ranked competitors who will use that week for a rest ahead of Beijing and Tokyo.