• Swedish Wild Card Markus Eriksson

    Six seeds in action on day two

    There will be a lot of quality tennis played in RC Hotel Open on Tuesday. Six of the eight seeds are in action, including number one seed from Serbia Filip Krajinovic. The home crowd will have the chance to follow Markus Eriksson against number three seed Jan Lennart Struff.

    After a doubles match on the centre court including the british brothers Skupski there is time for Markus Eriksson to challenge his German opponent Jan-Lennart Struff. The 25 year old Struff was ranked inside top 100 in 2014 and soon he will be there again? Eriksson mostly plays on the future level but has also been part of the Swedish Davis Cup team for some years now and he also had some chances on ATP tour level, awarded wild cards both in Stockholm and Båstad.

    Krajinovic was part of the Serbia team that defeated Kazakhstan in Davis Cup this weekend after some tough matches. He was not needed on court during the weekend but a practise week with Novak Djokovic and the other stars could mean that the Serb is coming to Jonkoping with a great deal of inspiration and quality  hitting under his belt? Lucky loser Evgeny Karlovskiy should be prepared for trouble. Andrey Golubev was troubling the Serbs this weekend. He teamed up with Aleksandr Nedovyesov and won the crucial Saturday doubles against Novak Djokovic/Nenad Zimonjic. Golubev is also the player in Jonkoping who had the best career high ranking, once ranked 33 in the world.

    Last match on centre court is a doubles match with Swedish interest. Both Isak Arvidsson and Fred Simonsson have experience from Davis Cup, but not together. They will have their hands full with the experienced duo of Ignatik/Zelenay on Tuesday night. Fred Simonsson was close to main draw also in the singles. He yesterday held a match point against Roberta Ortega-Almedo in his qualification final but couldn´t convert.

    On court one it could be worth the entry fee to stay behind to see showman Dustin Brown playing doubles with his countryman Jan-Lennart Struff. Brown of course also is one of the favourites in the singles, seeded as number two. Other seeds in action in the singles during Thursday is; Lukas Lacko (4), Gastao Elias (5), Konstantin Kravchuk (6) and Radu Albot.

    One Swedish player survived through the qualification draw. Patrik Rosenholm won in three sets twice and will face Mirza Bacic in the first round tomorrow.