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Goffin Headlines Stacked Arizona Tennis Classic Draw

This week marks the business end of the BNP Paribas Open, as today's stars bid for ATP Masters 1000 glory in the California desert. But while the party continues in Indian Wells, the action is just getting started in the nearby metropolis of Phoenix. The inaugural Arizona Tennis Classic gets underway on Monday, with a star-studded lineup descending on the Phoenix Country Club. As players transition from Indian Wells to Miami, many have decided to hit the hard courts of the ATP Challenger Tour event in search of more matches and confidence. View Draw Led by World No. 21 David Goffin, the stacked draw features a total of five Top 50 players and 17 in the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings. For the second time in three weeks, a Top 30 player has entered a Challenger tournament, as Goffin looks to follow in Indian Wells champ Kyle Edmund's footsteps and take home a title. The Belgian is joined by World No. 37 Jeremy Chardy, No. 42 John Millman, No. 43 Mikhail Kukushkin and No. 49 Matthew Ebden, with recent Delray Beach finalist Daniel Evans also in the field. The American contingent is led by Harrison, Ernesto Escobedo, Bradley Klahn and Mitchell Krueger.  And the #NextGenATP crew is headed by 18-year-old Nicola Kuhn, 19-year-old Alexei Popyrin and 20-year-olds Casper Ruud and Mikael Ymer. Last year's junior Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion Chun-hsin Tseng was awarded a main draw wild card. Ruud recently made his Top 100 debut after reaching the semi-finals at the ATP Tour stop in Sao Paulo. And Popyrin is coming off a first ATP Masters 1000 victory in Indian Wells, surging to the second round as a qualifier. The Norwegian awaits the winner of Elias Ymer/Lukas Rosol, while the Aussie opens against Egor Gerasimov of Belarus. Backhand battle ahead of the @aztennisclassic @ryanharrison92 & @johnhmillman putting in the work in Phoenix pic.twitter.com/y8wf0vdW6N — ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) March 11, 2019 Notable first-round encounters include an all-Taiwanese affair between Tseng and Jason Jung, as well as Escobedo vs. Evans, and Harrison battling former Next Gen ATP Finals contestant Gianluigi Quinzi.  The Phoenix area has previously hosted a long-running ATP Tour event in nearby Scottsdale (from 1986-2005), which featured Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and John McEnroe among its champions. Main draw action begins on Monday, with seeded players kicking off their campaigns on Tuesday.
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David Goffin (French pronunciation: ​[david ɡɔfɛ̃]; born 7 December 1990) is a Belgian professional tennis player whose career high ranking is world No. 7 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is currently the highest ranked Belgian male and the first to reach the ATP top 10. Goffin has won four... More
Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent's court. The object of... More