The Kitzbühel ATP 250 kicks off on September 8, in the second and decisive week of the US Open, although it can be raced and that will be defined shortly. As a result of the few tournaments in preparation for Roland Garros, the main draw for that tournament in Austria is very good. In fact, Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime have now joined.
With little chance of testing themselves on the circuit, after five months of inactivity due to the coronavirus pandemic, players are looking for options to take their rhythm on the tour. This Monday, when the registrations for the Kitzbühel clay were closed, two young names were noted, very attractive for the poster of the Austrian appointment, such as the minor of the Zverevs and Auger Aliassime.
Ranked No. 7 in the ATP rankings, Zverev will be the second seed in the tournament, behind Austria’s Dominic Thiem, No. 3 in the world. The Italian Fabio Fognini (11th), the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut (12th) and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (13th) follow on the list of entries. The other Top 20 in Latin America, Chilean Cristian Garin (18th), will be the eighth seed in the table.
On his own, Auger-Aliassime (20th) will be next to Garin among those scored, so he will enter as a seed in the event of missing any of the best eight.
A key point: those who perform at a high level at the US Open will have to get off Kitzbühel. In fact, the New York Grand Slam has an agreed date of August 31 to September 13 and the ATP 250 in Austria will be played from September 8 to 13. Undoubtedly, the parate greatly complicated a calendar in which several historical appointments have already been suspended. But it is possible that Kitzbühel will be run for a week, so as not to overlap with New York and thus occupy the place that Madrid canceled.