Week 18 (w/c 29 April): Estoril, Munich, Prague, Rabat

Another bumper week of clay court tennis this week around Europe.

Estoril

ATP 250, Amazon Prime Video

The Millennium Estroil Open takes place on the Portuguese Riviera and is in its fourth year.

One half of last year’s winning doubles team, Cameron Norrie sadly had to withdraw from this year’s draw. Dan Evans lost in the second qualifying round on Sunday.

There are plenty of big names in the draw headed up by Stefanos Tsitsipas. Last year’s winner Joao Sousa will be hoping to win again on home soil.

Joe Salisbury partners Rajeev Ram as top seeds, and Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara are also here. The other defending doubles champion is Kyle Edmund but he has chosen Munich instead this year.

Singles matches on the centre court will be available to watch live on Amazon Prime Video.

Mon 29 Apr 13:00 Amazon Prime Video
Tue 30 Apr 13:00 Amazon Prime Video
Wed 1 May 13:00 Amazon Prime Video
Thu 2 May 13:00 Amazon Prime Video
Fri 3 May 13:00 Amazon Prime Video
Sat 4 May 15:00 Amazon Prime Video
Sun 5 May 15:30 Amazon Prime Video

Kyle Edmund has played just three matches on clay so far this year; he lost to Diego Schwartzman in Monte-Carlo.

Munich

ATP 250

Kyle Edmund, as mentioned above, has chosen to play at the BMW Open in Munich this year instead of Estroil and is seeded fifth.

Last yeat’s title holder Alexander Zverev is the top seed.

Top doubles seeds are Dominic Inglot with Rohan Bopanna; brothers Ken and Neal Skupski are seeded third and hoping to continue their good form after winning in Budapest last week.

This tournament is on Tennis TV only, with singles matches available each day.


Prague

WTA International, BT Sport

The Czech Republic has been a hotbed of women’s tennis for some time and it’s no surprise that the draw of the 2019 J&T Banka Prague Open is packed full of successful Czechs.

But one notable exception is last year’s defending champion Petra Kvitova, who has not entered the tournament in her home country this year. The top seed is Karolina Pliskova.

You can watch all the action from Prague on BT Sport.

Mon 29 Apr 10:00 BT Sport 2
Tue 30 Apr 9:00* BT Sport 1
Wed 1 May 10:00 BT Sport 1
Thu 2 May 10:00 BT Sport 1
Fri 3 May 10:00 BT Sport 1
Sat 4 May 10:00 BT Sport 3/Extra 3

Rabat

WTA International, BT Sport

In Rabat, Morocco, the 19th edition of the snappily titled Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem takes place.

Johanna Konta is playing here for the first time. Harriet Dart lost in the first round of qualifying on Saturday. The two will team up for doubles.

Top seed and defending champion is Elise Mertens.

There is coverage on BT Sport all week with a Saturday final in both Rabat and Prague.

Mon 29 Apr 11:00 BT Sport ESPN
Tue 30 Apr 11:00 BT Sport ESPN
Wed 1 May 11:00 BT Sport ESPN
Thu 2 May 11:00 BT Sport 2
Fri 3 May 14:00 BT Sport 1
Sat 4 May 15:00 BT Sport Extra 3

Challengers

Lots of Brits in Challenger and W60+ action this week.

Liam Broady and James Ward spend another week in Mexico, this week in Puerto Vallarta.

Brydan Klein is in Savannah, Georgia, USA. Jan Choinski plays in Bordeaux, France.

The ATP Challenger that took place in Glasgow this time last year has been moved to September.

Heather Watson is spending the first of three weeks in Japan, playing the W80 in Gifu, with Naomi Broady in qualifying there.

Katy Dunne and Jodie Burrage  are in the main draw of the W60 Les Franqueses del Valles, Spain, joined by Sarah-Beth Grey, Eden Silva and Emily Webley-Smith in qualifying, the draw having not yet been made at the time of writing.


In case you missed it, I was a guest on the excellent Passing Shot Podcast last week, talking about Fed Cup and the future of broadcasting the WTA tour.

You can search for the podcast on your preferred podcast platform or listen to it on their website.


Read more about how to watch tennis on telly in 2019.

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