Week 5: Stan Wawrinka out of Montpellier, and the new Fed Cup


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Week 5: Stan Wawrinka out of Montpellier, and the new Fed Cup

Tennis will continue as usual after the completion of the 2020 Australian Open. Week five of the ATP tour commence, with men playing three tournaments: the Open Sud de France in Montpellier (France, ATP 250 played on indoor hard-court), the Maharashtra Open in Pune (India, ATP 250 played on hard-court) and the Córdoba Open (Argentina, ATP 250 played on clay-court).

David Goffin, Gael Monfils, Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime are the top four seeds in Montpellier. Stan Wawrinka who was to play has withdrawn from the event, and Austria's Dennis Novak has gained entry into the main draw.

The Swiss no. 2 posted on Twitter, "Sometimes things don’t go your way... unfortunately due to an injury I’m pulling out of @opensuddefrance this year. But will be back on court soon hopefully." In Pune, Benoit Paire is the top seed and the only player in the top-50 to play the event.

Other players in the main draw include Ivo Karlovic, Jiri Vesely, and Ricardas Berankis. Ernests Gulbis has been given a wildcard into the qualifiers in Pune. In Cordoba, Diego Schwartzman, Guido Pella, Casper Ruud, Marco Cecchinato, Federico Delbonis and Fernando Verdasco will be playing.

It is the first tournament of the season to be played on clay. The ATP Challenger Tour will have two tournaments this week. The RBC Tennis Championships in Dallas (the USA, on indoor hard-court) and the Launceston International (Australia, on hard-court).

The women, meanwhile, will be busy with Fed Cup action. They will play the qualifying round of the new format of the Fed Cup 2020. Here the challenges: the USA vs. Latvia, Netherlands vs. Belarus, Romania vs. Russia, Brazil vs. Germany, Spain vs.

Japan, Switzerland vs. Canada, Belgium, vs. Kazakhstan and Slovakia vs. Great Britain.