The fifth year of the Shenzhen Open will feature many interesting players, especially the younger ones, from 24 to 30 September 2018. The 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will be in the spotlight, he reached his maiden Masters 1000 final in Toronto last week losing to Rafael Nadal after an amazing run.
Also the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, Croatian Borna Coric and the Australian Alex de Minaur will play. The defending champion is David Goffin, who defeated the Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov in last year's final.
Dolgopolov won't compete here this year, as he ended his season due to a wrist surgery and will be back, through protected ranking in 2019. The British player Andy Murray has committed to play already in June and he will need a wild card invitation from organizers to join the main draw.
Murray triumphed here in 2014, the first year of the Chinese tournament, beating the Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the final. At the time he was coming back from his back surgery and he had a great end to the season, making it to the London ATP Finals.
Murray will also compete in Beijing and Shanghai. Announcing his appearance in Shenzhen, an excited Murray, through his official Facebook account, wrote: 'I enjoy playing in China and I always appreciate the crowd support out there.
I have some great memories from the last time I played, especially the final, so hopefully I will have a good run this year.' The world No. 80 Lukas Lacko is the last player to directly enter, Mackenzie McDonald is the first alternate.