Bublik Looks To Make It Third Time Lucky In Nur-Sultan; All You Need To Know
Alexander Bublik leads home hopes at the Astana Open, as Kazakhstan welcomes the ATP Tour to its capital city of Nur-Sultan. The 23-year-old Bublik will be looking to claim his first tour-level title after reaching two ATP 250 finals in 2019 (Newport, Chengdu). He earned his biggest career win this past month at Roland Garros when he upset World No. 9 Gael Monfils in the first round.
Bublik will be joined in the draw by 32-year-old countryman Mikhail Kukushkin, who claimed his lone ATP Tour title in 2010 at St. Petersburg. Kukushkin has reached three more finals, most recently in 2019 in Marseille (l. to Tsitsipas).
A pair of Frenchmen, Benoit Paire and Adrian Mannarino, will be among the top players in action in Nur-Sultan. Paire is a winner of three ATP Tour titles, all on clay, while Mannarino won the grass-court title in 's-Hertogenbosch last year.
The Nur-Sultan field is also set to feature Kitzbuhel champion Miomir Kecmanovic; former World No. 7 Fernando Verdasco; Australians John Millman and Jordan Thompson; as well as Americans Tennys Sandgren, Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul.
Here's all you need to know about the Nur-Sultan tennis tournament: what is the schedule, where to watch and more.
Tournament Dates: 26 October - 1 November 2020
Tournament Director: Attila Sebastien Richter
* Qualifying: Sunday - Monday
* Main Draw: Monday - Thursday at 12:00pm, Friday at 1:00pm, Saturday - Sunday at 2:00pm
Venue: National Tennis Center
Surface: Indoor Hard
Prize Money: $273,345 (Total Financial Commitment: $337,000)