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Week ahead: Iga Swiatek and Stefanos Tsitsipas aim to put Melbourne misery behind them

After some time off following the Australian Open, the majority of the big guns on both the men’s and women’s tours are back in action at some high-profile events.

The lucrative Rotterdam Open takes top billing on the ATP, with half of the world’s top 10 in action. The hard courts of Delray Beach and clay of Buenos Aires provide the support acts for a busy week.

The WTA heads to Qatar to continue their Middle East swing with seven of the world’s top 10 competing in Doha, including world number one and defending champion Iga Swiatek.

Swiatek faces stacked Doha field

WhatWTA Doha
WhereKhalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex, Doha
WhenMonday 13th February 2023 - Saturday 18th February 2023
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OddsIga Swiatek 2/1, Jessica Pegula 6/1, Carolina Garcia 13/2, Coco Gauff 8/1, Belinda Bencic 8/1

Qatar was where Swiatek’s incredible run of success in 2022 got underway, her victory in the WTA Doha marking the start of a run of eight tournaments wins that would propel her to the top of the world rankings.

The Pole was in ominous form in this event last year, dropping just one set and needing a little over an hour to see off Anett Kontaveit in the final.

The 21-year-old was rarely bested on a hard court in 2022, boasting a 42-6 record on the surface, but has been a little less dominating in 2023.

She bowed out of the Australian Open to eventual runner-up Elena Rybakina in the fourth round, but in her first event back since that loss, Swiatek is 2/1 favourite to retain her crown.

The world number one faces some stiff competition though with Jessica Pegula, Carolina Garcia, Coco Gauff, Maria Sakkari and Daria Kastkina featuring amongst a stacked field.

Pegula is enjoying a good start to the year, beating Swiatek en route to winning the United Cup and is 6/1 to pick up her second title of 2023 in Doha.

The American has been handed a tricky draw though with Madison Keys or Jelena Ostapenko first up, and instead, it’s her double’s partner, Gauff, who catches the eye.

The 18-year-old won the ASB Classic in New Zealand to start 2023 with a bang and has only lost once this year.

The 8/1 chance made the quarter-finals of this event in the singles last year, while she and Pegula claimed the doubles title. Gauff has been handed a manageable route through to the last-four, albeit she’ll meet Swiatek in the semi-finals if the event goes to form.

Indoor ace Auger-Aliassime up against it

WhatATP Rotterdam
WhereRotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam
WhenMonday 13th February 2023 - Sunday 19th February 2023
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The first ATP 500 event of the year takes place in Rotterdam and has brought out the stars with top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas back in action following his run to the Australian Open final.

The Greek was well beaten in his second Grand Slam final appearance by Novak Djokovic and won’t have too many happy memories of his last appearance in Rotterdam having lost in the final to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The Canadian secured his maiden ATP Tour title with victory over Tsitsipas and would go on to claim a tour-high four indoor wins in 2022.

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Auger-Aliassime has a good record in Rotterdam, reaching the final in 2020, but will do well to retain his crown having been placed in the same half of the draw as Daniil Medvedev and 2021 champion Andrey Rublev.

The top half of the draw is no easier with Tsitsipas scheduled to face Jannik Sinner in the last 16, while Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune could lie in wait in the later rounds.

Home favourites can flourish in Florida

WhatATP Delray Beach
WhereDelray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach
WhenMonday 13th February 2023 - Sunday 19th February 2023
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OddsTaylor Fritz 3/1, Tommy Paul 4/1, Denis Shapovalov 6/1

Those heading to Delray Beach hoping to see an American winner of the Florida event might be in luck with US pair Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul seeded first and second.

An American has reached the final in six of the last seven years, winning on four occasions, and with veteran John Isner and Australian Open quarter-finalist Ben Shelton also in the field, there’s a strong chance of at least one homegrown talent going deep.

Britain’s Cameron Norrie spoilt the party last year when beating Reilly Opelka in the final, and Canada’s third seed Denis Shapovalov, who has a good track record on hard courts, looks the biggest threat to the US continent.

Alcaraz makes welcome return

WhatATP Buenos Aires
WhereBuenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, Buenos Aires 
WhenMonday 13th February 2023 - Sunday 19th February 2023
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OddsCarlos Alcaraz 8/11, Cameron Norrie 17/2, Dominic Thiem 10/1

All eyes will be on US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz in Buenos Aures when he makes his long-anticipated comeback from injury in the second part of the Latin American "Golden Swing".

The 19-year-old hasn’t played since suffering an oblique tear at the Paris Masters, but will still be expected to mount a serious challenge upon his return at an event which has a long history of Spanish winners.

Norrie is seeded second for his debut in Argentina, while Diego Schwartzman is one to keep an eye on having made the final of this event in three of the last four years.

Home favourite Schwartzman lost to Casper Ruud in last year’s final but won’t have to deal with the two-time winner this year, the Norwegian opting to skip the event.

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