The Ricoh Open in Rosmalen, Netherlands, is one of the best tournaments to prepare for Wimble-don at the moment. Some really fine players arrived in the Dutch town to continue their prepara-tions for the biggest tournament on grass courts in the world.
This year ranked as №1 in the main draw is the former US Open champion Marin Cilic. The Croa-tian star had a bye in the first round and in the second he will meet Yuichi Siguta from Japan or Janko Tipsarevic from Serbia.
Another strong contender for the tile is the German sensation Alexander Zverev. He also had a bye in the first round. Zverev is already expecting to learn the name of his first opponent in Rosmalen. This is going to be someone between Jordan Thompson (Australia) and Adrian Mannarino (France).
№3 in the main draw is the Croatian powerhouse Ivo Carlovic, who will once again use the quick grass for his monterous serves. After also having a bye in the first round, in his first match on the Dutch grass he will meet Dustin Brown from Germany or Stefan Kozlov from USA.
Other really good players we are about to see in Rosmalen this year are Alexandr Dolgopolov, Steve Darcis, Mikhail Youzhny, Robin Haase, Gilles Muller and Nicolas Mahut.
The Ricoh Open was founded in 1990 and it has always been held on grass courts. The most suc-cessful players in the history of the tournament are Patrick Rafter and Nicolas Mahut, who have won it three times in their careers.
Nicolas Mahut is also the reigning champion of Ricoh Open and we are going to see him playing there this year as well. In 2016 Mahut won the title for a 3rd time, after beating Gilles Muller in straight sets in the final.