Todd Martin Previews the Main Draw

First ball for the Hall of Fame Open Main Draw will be 11 am on Monday, marking the start of the ATP Tour’s grass court season finale and the kickoff of the 2021 US Open Series, a stretch of nine ATP & WTA events that lead into the US Open.

During Wimbledon finals weekend players from around the world have converged in Newport to prepare for the week ahead, breaking in the Hall of Fame’s newly renovated grass courts.

This year’s player field promises plenty of great action to look forward to.

2019 finalist Alexander Bublik returns to Newport as the No. 1 seed, coming in currently ranked a career high No. 37. Bublik, who hails from Kazakhstan is a rising star on Tour known for electrifying trick shots, who has seen a breakthrough season so far that includes a 19-14 singles record and a run to the doubles final at the French Open with countryman Andrey Golubev.

American Sam Querrey, 2009 finalist in Newport comes in as the No. 2 seed, with Yoshihito Nishioka as the No. 3 seed and Canadian Vasek Pospisil, 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion as the fourth seed.

Two former champions in the draw, 2018 winner Steve Johnson, who is the No. 6 seed, and 2016 title holder Ivo Karlovic, who is a wild card entry.

Wild cards were also awarded to two grass court greats, South African Kevin Anderson, 2018 Wimbledon finalist, and Amercian Jack Sock, a two-time Wimbledon doubles champ.

The Newport player field is packed with national pride from around the globe, with nine players headed for the Tokyo Olympics after their run on the Newport grass courts.