The fall Asian swing on the ATP Tour begins this week.
But the $1 million-plus events in Chengdu and Zhuhai (relocated from Shenzhen) have pretty slim orders of play on Monday.
There are only three singles matches on the schedule in Chengdu.
Luckily these are 28-player draws. Because the tournaments are waiting for … a lot of people.
To start with, the Laver Cup scooped up a bunch of players who were scheduled to play this week.
And if any of you missed it, it was a pretty emotional and draining experience for just about all involved.
The time difference between Geneva and Metz, and the two Chinese cities is six hours. From St. Petersburg, Russia, it’s five hours.
From Geneva to Chengdu
Four of Team World’s squad in Geneva now have to get to China, get over jet lag, get back to everyday life and try to earn some ranking points.
No. 1 seed John Isner (who played doubles and then singles on Sunday in Geneva and was clearly on fumes). He has a first-round bye.
No. 6 seed Taylor Fritz, who is in singles (and doubles with Nicholas Monroe).
No. 8 seed Denis Shapovalov didn’t see much action on the weekend in Geneva (in part of because of the rules). But he still has to get to China.
Team World alternate Jordan Thompson also has to come from Geneva. He’s also entered in doubles with Shapovalov.
They might have been waiting for No. 2 seed Félix Auger-Aliassime, too, as we’re told he was asked to play Laver Cup. But the Canadian turned it down.
No. 3 seed Benoit Paire said after losing in the Metz singles semifinals that he was sick, on antibiotics, and might not make it. He has a first-round bye, though, and is still officially in the draw from what we can see. He’s also entered in doubles with Alexander Bublik.
Egor Gerasimov of Belarus made the semifinals in St. Petersburg out of the qualifying. He’s in as a special exempt in Chengdu.
From … everywhere to Zhuhai
No. 1 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will come from Geneva.
No. 2 seed Roberto Bautista Agut was an alternate for Team Europe in Geneva.
No. 4 seed Borna Coric played the final in St. Petersburg Sunday, losing to Daniil Medvedev.
Lucas Pouille, seeded No. 5, reached the semis in Metz, France and has to get there.
No. 6 seed Nick Kyrgios had to pull out of the final day of Laver Cup – and a clash against Rafael Nadal – because of a shoulder problem. He’s also supposed to play doubles with Matt Reid.
You’d have to think he’s doubtful. If he passes, Canadian Brayden Schnur is first up as a lucky loser.
No. 4 doubles seeds Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen made the semis in Metz.
Divij Sharan won the doubles title in St. Petersburg with Igor Zelenay. He’s playing with Artem Sitak in Zhuhai.
Even private takes forever
What arrangements the Laver Cup made with the players to get to Asia after the weekend is unknown (no doubt we’ll see some Tweets).
But even flying private, there’s not a huge time savings.
Here are the quickest routes from Geneva (notably, for mere mortals, it costs twice as much to fly to Zhuhai as it does to fly to Chengdu).