Stan Wawrinka is confirmed to play at the Open 13 in Marseille. The tournament takes place in the middle of February in a month filled with tournaments on all types of surfaces, ranging from outdoor hard courts to clay. The Open 13 takes place on an indoor hard court and begins on February 15.
Open 13 Continues To Get Star Power
Despite being played at the same time as two other tournaments, including an ATP 500 event in Rio, the ATP 250 event in France continues to get some star players to come to their tournament. Marseille has seen the likes of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Marat Safin, and Robin Soderling when the event switched from an International Series event to an ATP 250. In more recent memory, the tournament has seen Juan Martin del Potro, Janko Tipsarevic, Tomas Berdych, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Milos Raonic, and Wawrinka come along. This will be the world number four’s second consecutive year at the Open 13.
Strong French Contingent
We cannot forget about the continually strong French contingent at the tournament. Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Nicolas Mahut, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, and Julien Benneteau have played at the tournament over the last couple of years along with Tsonga. Last year, an all-French final was contested between Simon and Monfils, and Simon took home the title winning the match in a third set tiebreaker. Before Simon, Tsonga was the last Frenchman to lift up the title, winning back in 2013 over Berdych in three sets.
French players have seen their fair share of success at one of their many home tournaments. Frenchman have won four of the last seven titles in Marseille. Only twice in the past eight years, 2008 and 2011, did the Open 13 contest a final without a Frenchman. In those finals, Murray and Soderling won respectively. Since the tournament originated back in 1993, the longest drought the French had was from 2000-2005; Arnaud Clement ended the drought in 2006.