Pre-Wimbledon schedules firming up (updated)

Some of the official, full player lists for the second week of the grass-court prep season will be officially unveiled Tuesday.

But we can bring you most of the commitments from top-10 and other notable players here, a little ahead of time.


As we compile the remainder of the information, we’ll update the charts.

Notable among the women are those who intend to play every week of the grass-court season, which was extended to three weeks from two back in 2015.

No surprise that Ashleigh Barty, a natural on grass, would be one of them. Also on board is WTA Tour workhorse Belinda Bencic, who seemingly can’t get enough of competition now that she’s back healthy again.

Aryna Sabalenka also is signed up for all three weeks.

Here’s what it looks like right now.

Of course, there will be some changes with wild cards and last-minute additions.

Basically a two-week season for the men

The difference between the WTA and ATP, in this particular case, is that the women have a Premier event the week right before Wimbledon.

It’s a joint event, at Eastbourne. But for the men, it’s a 250. And so far, the men who have entered that have the highest rankings are No. 24 Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, and No. 26 Guido Pella of Argentina.

Of course, the men have to play best of five sets at Wimbledon. They also have to play best of five sets if they’re entered in the doubles.


No sign of Genie Bouchard 

And, for those waiting on tenterhooks or expecting her to return full force on her favorite surface, 2014 Wimbledon finalist Genie Bouchard has not entered anything during the first two weeks of the grass-court season.

Bouchard also hasn’t yet entered the qualifying for any of those events, although there’s another two weeks until the deadline for the second-week events.

She would likely have gotten the main draw at both Nottingham and ‘s-Hertogenbosch with her April 29 ranking of No. 81. As of Monday, she was three spots out of both, with no withdrawals yet.

The cutoff for ‘s-Hertogenbosch was No. 103 a year ago. For Nottingham, it was No. 141.

For Eastbourne, the Premier-level tournament in the final warmup week, the 2018 cutoff was No. 56. The deadline is next Monday; Bouchard has yet to enter.

So unless there’s a late wild card (which you’d have to qualify as unlikely), Bouchard has no plans to play the first two weeks of the grass-court tuneup season, just as she has not played anything during the leadup to the French Open.

When and if that changes, we’ll keep you posted here.

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