Organisers of the AnyTech365 Andalucía Open, taking place at Puente Romano tennis club in Marbella from 4 to 11 April, have revealed an official list of competitors for the ATP 250 event. Top stars such as Roberto Bautista and Richard Gasquet are among those whose participation has now been confirmed.
In recent days, world number eight Andrey Rublev and fellow top-20 players Pablo Carreño and Stan Wawrinka had confirmed that they will compete in Marbella, as did Pablo Andújar and Malaga's own Alejandro Davidovich. Although the young Italian Jannik Sinner has had to reverse his decision to take part due to injury, Spaniard Roberto Bautista- the world number 13- will be participating.
Another Spanish player, Alberto Ramos-Viñolas, is also set for Puente Romano, as are Casper Ruud, Dušan Lajović and the veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Additionally, Feliciano López will make an appearance, meaning that the next six top-ranked Spanish players after Rafael Nadal are all taking part. As the top four seeded players, Rublev, Bautista, Carreño and Wawrinka will receive byes into the second round.
In terms of the overall 28-player makeup of the final tournament, those already confirmed will be joined by three wildcards. These new additions will be selected at the last minute, in the hope of enticing any big names knocked out of the Miami Masters tournament taking place just days before. However, it seems unlikely that Marbella resident Novak Djokovic will participate, with the world number one planning on taking part in the Monte Carlo Masters that same week.
Also, four qualifiers from the preliminary rounds will take part in the final event. The final two spots will be filled by 'Special Exempt' players, whose rankings should dictate that they take part in qualifying but who have previously got to at least a semi-final of an ATP 250 event.
Along with the ATP 250 event in Cagliari taking place the same week, the Andalucía Open will be the first clay court event of the season.
On Tuesday, the list of participants for the ATP 80 Challenger tournament taking place a week earlier at the same venue was revealed. It has been confirmed that Pablo Andújar will warm up for the latter event by taking part while the current title-holder Pedro Martínez will compete as top seed. The other top seeds in the 32-player tournament are Norbert Gombos, Roberto Carballés and Dennis Novak, who are all currently ranked among the top 100 players globally.