Currently, two 250s, Eastbourne and Antalya, are underway alongside the qualifying for next week’s Wimbledon Championships. Two weeks ago, Lucas Pouille won Stuttgart (250) and Gilles Muller won s-Hertogenbosch (250). Furthermore, last week Roger Federer won Halle (500) and Feliciano Lopez won London/Queen’s Club (500).
For the first time since 2010, Novak Djokovic is playing in a grass court event leading up to Wimbledon in Eastbourne. He is looking to rebound from his dismal performance in the beginning of the season, by capitalizing on a great opportunity to gain some momentum going into Wimbledon.
Roger Federer started his grass court season after not playing any clay court tournaments by losing to the wildcard Tommy Haas in the second round of Stuttgart. But despite all the doubts coming from that loss, Fed steamrolled over his competition in Halle without dropping a set.
Rafael Nadal decided to skip out on all of the grass court tournaments leading up to Wimbledon so this week will be the first time Nadal has played a tournament on grass since 2015. On the other hand, one of Nadal’s fellow countrymen, Feliciano Lopez, has taken complete advantage of the smaller grass court tourneys, by reaching the finals in s-Hertogenbosch and winning London/Queen’s Club gaining 650 points from these tournaments.
After surprising many with his semifinal run at Roland Garros, Andy Murray looked to capitalize on that momentum but failed to do so as seen when he lost in the first round of London/Queen’s Club to a lucky loser, Jordan Thompson. Similarly, Dominic Thiem has not had any success like that of his clay court season, as he already has a losing record on grass thus far (1-2) after playing in both Halle and Antalya.
From these two and a half weeks of grass court action, it is becoming increasingly clear that Wimbledon will be full of upsets and surprises. Players including, Marin Cilic, Gilles Muller, Feliciano Lopez, among others could make a deep run in this year’s championships. So finally, get ready for an exciting Wimbledon, as some of the game’s top players are being replaced by the hungry veterans and NextGen stars.