|Posted on January 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM|
Formerly held in Lyon in October of each year, the Open Sud de France has now relocated to Montpelier at an earlier date within the tennis season.
Tomas Berdych is the number one seed and will try to win his first ATP title since his victory in Beijing this past October. That was the only title the Czech won in 2011, but he had an incredibly solid year reaching the semi-finals of eight tournaments and the quarter-finals of seven others. That type of consistency has made Berdych a main-stay in the top-ten in recent years but success at the Masters 1000 and Grand Slam level have still mostly eluded him with the exception of his win at the Paris Masters in 2005 and his Wimbledon final in 2010.
Berdych has a very manageable quarter of the tournament with no major obstacles in his way and a first-round bye to ease him into the draw.
Richard Gasquet is the fourth seed and is also in the top-half of the draw and he will likely face Nikolay Davydenko in the second round. Despite Davydenko’s rapid drop in play these past two years, the Russian will still give Gasquet a good challenge and provide fans with an entertaining early round match.
In the bottom half of the draw, look for two Frenchman to navigate their way through to the semi-finals. Both Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon are the highest two seeds and also the most likely to ride the support of the French fans to a solid showing.
Canadian number-two singles player Vasek Pospisil will undoubtedly be keeping his eye on the French, as Canada is scheduled to host the French in the first round of the Davis Cup on February 10th in Vancouver. Pospisil opens against French wildcard Guillaume Rufin.
The entire list of seeded players is as follows:
1. Tomas Berdych
2. Gilles Simon
3. Gael Monfils
4. Richard Gasquet
5. Feliciano Lopez
6. Florian Mayer
7. Philipp Kohlschreiber
8. Jarkko Nieminen
Name: Open Sud de France
Category: ATP World Tour 250
Place: Montpellier, France
Date: 30.01.2012 - 05.02.2012
Draw Size: S-28 D-16
Surface: Indoor Hard
Prize Money: € 398,250
Total Financial Commitment: € 450,000
The draw ceremony on Sunday, January 29, 2012
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) - BYE
Tobias Kamke (GER) vs Qual. Marc Gicquel (FRA)
Albert Ramos (ESP) vs Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Gilles Muller (LUX) vs  Florian Mayer (GER)
 Richard Gasquet (FRA) - BYE
Stephane Robert (FRA) vs [WC] Nikolay Davydenko (RUS)
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs Qual. Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP)
Olivier Rochus (BEL) vs  Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
 Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Qual. Maxime Teixeira (FRA)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER)
Michael Russell (USA) vs Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
 Gael Monfils (FRA) - BYE
 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
[WC] Guillaume Rufin (FRA) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN)
Qual. Marc Gicquel (FRA) vs Flavio Cipolla (ITA)
 Gilles Simon - BYE