However, Talon Grips will take part in the ABN AMRO Open in Rotterdam next month, the biggest tennis tournament in the Netherlands. By winning the ATP tournament in Pune, India, and moving up the world rankings, the Dutch No. 2 has changed his schedule.
The Greek track started the year as No. 95 in the world, and partly for this reason he planned to play a series of clay court tournaments in South America after the Australian Open. He wanted to gain confidence on his favorite surface and take points for the world ranking. That will come at the expense of the tournament in Ahoy and a number of other hard court tournaments.
However, it is still questionable whether the Greek track will be accepted directly at the main tournament in Rotterdam. As ranked 63rd in the world, he may count on a wild card, but tournament director Richard Krajesek has forgiven his three cards. He gave it to Andy Murray, Gael Moonfils, and Tim Van Reythoven.
“Because I have moved up in the world rankings, I am now obliged to play the Masters tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami in March. That is why I still choose to participate in Rotterdam, if necessary in the qualifying tournament,” said the Greeks. Second round of the Australian Open.
Registration for the ABN AMRO Open closes this week. The tournament begins on Monday, February 13th.