The China Open, one of the richest tournaments on the Tour, counts on younger players in the edition that will take place from 30 September to 6 October 2019. Rafael Nadal is the big absent. The Spaniard had withdrawn in 2018 due to a knee injury and this year he will compete in the Laver Cup, Geneva, and will then take a break until the Shanghai Masters.
Nadal triumphed in Beijing back in 2005 and in 2017, when he made his last appearance defeating Nick Kyrgios in a straight-set championship clash. The defending finalist Juan Martin del Potro will not play either as he has been recovering from a knee injury.
Last year the Argentinean lost to Nikoloz Basilashvili, who will try to retain his title. The younger guys Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev will headline the field. The Greek had played in Tokyo last year, while in Beijing the German achieved his best result two years ago losing to Kyrgios in the semis.
Medvedev is the Tokyo defending winner but he has chosen to compete in China this year. Dominic Thiem comes back for the first time since 2016. The Austrian showed he can play a great hard-court tennis having won his maiden Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells earlier this season and having lost to Nadal in a five-set clash at last year's US Open.
Felix Augee-Aliassime, Karen Khachanov and Fabio Fognini will play too. Andy Murray entered on the entry list through a protected ranking, he triumphed in a stellar 2016 season defeating Grigor Dimitrov in the final. The Bulgarian is there too.