2023 Japan Open Tokyo ATP Entry List - Zverev, Ruud, Fritz & more

2023 Japan Open Tokyo ATP Entry List - Zverev, Ruud, Fritz & more

by Nurein Ahmed

Running from October 16th to 22nd, the 2023 Japan Open will be held in the country's capital city Tokyo, where 32 singles players will vie to win one of the most lucrative ATP 500 events.

The Japan Open is one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the Open Era. It has been held since 1972, the ATP's inception year. It was only in 2020 and 2021 when the event was not staged due to the coronavirus pandemic but returned to the calendar last season.

Last year Taylor Fritz defeated Frances Tiafoe in the final in the eighth all-American final in the tournament's history. So this is a happy hunting ground for the Americans with 10 of them winning the lot - Pete Sampras accounting for three titles.

Fritz, the top seed, will return to the fold this year looking to defend his title and boost his qualification hopes for the ATP Finals. Turin aspirants Casper Ruud (second seed) and Alexander Zverev (third) will look to stop his bid and enhance their own chances.

Last year's finalist Frances Tiafoe has unfinished business in Tokyo and is coming back. He will be joined by fellow American Tommy Paul, Australia's Alex de Minaur, the out-of-form Felix Auger-Aliassime, and power-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov who make up the top eight seeds.

Home fans will be delighted to see Kei Nishikori and Yoshihito Nishioka, undoubtedly two of the most prominent Japanese players of the modern era. Nishikori will hope to recover ahead of schedule after missing nearly two months due to a knee injury.

2011 champion Andy Murray will make his fourth visit to Tokyo on the back of his best season since his comeback from hip surgery. US Open sensation Ben Shelton is embarking on his first trip to the Asian swing while entrenched in the world's Top 20.

Plenty of interesting, unseeded players, including Hubert Hurkacz, Cameron Norrie, and Francisco Cerundolo, will look to make noise. Four players will join the main draw by virtue of qualifying and four more will be granted wild cards in the days leading to the tournament.

2023 Japan Open Tokyo ATP Entry List:

Seed Name  Current Ranking Entry Ranking
1 Taylor Fritz 8 8
2 Casper Ruud 9 9
3 Alexander Zverev 10 10
4 Frances Tiafoe 11 11
5 Alex de Minaur 12 12
6 Tommy Paul 13 13
7 Felix Auger-Aliassime 14 14
8 Karen Khachanov 15 15
Hubert Hurkacz 16 16
Cameron Norrie 17 17
Ben Shelton 19 19
Francisco Cerundolo 21 21
Tomas Martin Etcheverry 35 35
Mackenzie McDonald 39 39
Andy Murray 41 41
Max Purcell 43 43
Alexei Popyrin 45 45
Yoshihito Nishioka 46 46
Daniel Altmaier 49 49
Aleksandar Vukic 50 50
Diego Schwartzman 136 136
Milos Raonic 322 33 (PR)
Kei Nishikori 350 48 (PR)
(WC) A+


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