AUSTRALIAN tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios is out of the US Open, rolled again by a dominant Andy Murray amid yet another controversial performance.
The third seeded Brit cruised to a 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory, as the Aussie copped it from a fellow former bad boy in ESPN commentator John McEnroe.
McEnroe, who was known for his petulant behaviour during his time on the court, gave Kyrgios a bake throughout his match, calling him a “bonehead” during his first round exit from the tournament.
In a bid to perhaps turn the tide on the negative public attention Kyrgios has brought upon himself, the Aussie had turned to champ Lleyton Hewitt as his mentor.
This was something that pleased McEnroe, as he gushed about the decision before the match.
But his praise quickly turned negative as Kyrgios turned in another all too familiar performance.
McEnroe attacked Kyrgios’ shot selection in the match as Murray smoked the Aussie all over the court.
“An absolute brain freeze,” McEnroe said at one point.
“He could have volleyed that away for another break-point chance.
He later said Hewitt should walk out on Kyrgios after he tried a low percentage volley through his legs in the second set.
“I hope he learns from these bonehead moves,” McEnroe said.
“He should be a seed already, at least 20.
“You don’t want to be remembered as a clown.
“You want to be remembered as a player.
“So he better step up.
“Otherwise he won’t be talked about too much.
“He thinks he’s a Vaudeville entertainer.
“I don’t know what’s going on here.”
But Kyrgios – who also appeared to fall asleep during a break in the match – reckoned McEnroe was “a bit rough” on him.
“I thought I created opportunities,” Kyrgios said after the match.
“I tried to take them.
“I thought he served pretty clutch in certain situations.
“His defence was unbelievable again tonight.
“I like going for shots that aren’t high percentage.
“I’ve just got a really good self confidence.
“It’s nothing that’s been different in my career.
“It’s always been like that.
“I’ve always been an emotional person on the court.”
Kyrgios, back in action after being slapped with a four week suspension for disgusting comments directed at Swiss champ Stanislas Wawrinka, wasted no time in making his presence felt, incensed that spectators were allowed into the stadium while he served.
“What the hell were they doing letting people in in that game?” he protested to the umpire.
“Middle of the game.
“Such bull**** F***ing bull****.”
Hey, he can take one plus out of the match – it’s the first time he’s taken a set of Murray in four clashes.
In better news for the Aussies, both Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt have made it through the first round.
Problem is they have to play each other in the second round on Friday, so at least one of them is out.
Sportsbet.com.au’s Ben Bulmer reports that all the money has been for the ageing champ to topple the young buck, despite being the rank outsider at $3.13.
Tomic is a hot $1.33 favourite, but punters are keen to jump on board Hewitt at that price in his last US Open appearance.
“Bernard Tomic’s biggest challenge is likely to come later this month when he faces a Miami court, however don’t discount Hewitt from pushing Tomic all the way in what is a dream match up for Australian tennis fans,” Bulmer said.
Tomic, who this week had his Miami court date pushed back until after the US Open, following a run in with police at a $9,785-a-night Miami penthouse, is a $201 chance to win the 2015 US Open, tempting 19 punters to back him in for unlikely title.
“While Hewitt is a $1001 outsider to win the 2015 US Open title, this hasn’t stopped 20 patriotic Aussies from backing him to go all the way, with Sportsbet set to take a $72,000 loss if Hewitt can repeat his 2001 heroics at Flushing Meadows,” Bulmer said.
Hewitt says the clash with Tomic will be “awkward”.
“I don’t like playing any of the Aussies,” Hewitt said.
“For me, in the position that I’m in now, trying to help these guys especially with Davis Cup and the rest of it, it’s tough.”
“Davis Cup for me has been a massive passion.
“It’s the reason that I still played this year, because I feel like we had a good opportunity to do well and I could still add something to the Davis Cup team as a player this year.
“It (his wild card entry into the US Open) could have gone to another Aussie but I felt like to give myself the best opportunity for the Davis Cup tie, it was the right decision.”
In the overall men’s market, WilliamHill.com.au’s Tim Ashworth said the value was in Swiss maestro Roger Federer at $4.
“His quote has surprisingly seen him edge Novak Djokovic ($2) in terms of bet count and money wagered,” Ashworth said.
“Tomic has seen a few small bets at odds of $151.”
In the women’s draw, Ashworth said Serena Williams was the punters’ pick to complete the Grand Slam, at $1.73.
“Serena is holding two thirds of the book, with Simona Halep ($9) and Petra Kvitova ($15) the only other players feeling the love.
“One punter stands to win $11,000 if the Romanian wins at Flushing Meadows.”
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COLOURFUL young Aussie tennis star Nick Kyrgios was the talk of Wimbledon – for all the wrong reasons.
Whether it’s spitting the dummy with the umpire, calling him “dirty scum”, blueing with spectators in the crowd or feeling the wrath of officials when he climbed up on a wall at the All England Club, Kyrgios struggled to do a lot right at Wimbledon.
Bundled out in the fourth round by French man Richard Gasquet, the 20 year old copped a code violation for an “audible obscenity” during that match.
Yep, he swore.
And the umpire wasn’t happy.
So Nick threw the toys out of the cot, giving up on the game, refusing to even try.
He copped it for tanking and even was served up an undeserving racist rant from former champion swimmer Dawn Fraser, who told him and fellow controversial Australian Bernard Tomic to “go back to where their fathers or their parents came from. We don’t need them here in this country if they act like that.”
Kyrgios was born in Canberra. His father Giorgios hails from Greece and mother Nill was born in Malaysia.
Anyway, as an homage to the tantrum thrown Aussie, we’re going to take a look at some of the best dummy spits in tennis history.
John McEnroe, Wimbledon, 1981
When you look at dummy spits – not just in tennis, but in sport – this guy is the pinnacle.
A flat out superstar, John McEnroe was also a flat out nut case when things went wrong.
His immortal “You cannot be serious” at the 1981 Wimbledon championships has been voted the All England Club grand slam’s number one moment.
And what a moment it was. During a seemingly mild first round match with Tom Gullickson – who you could pretty much guess counts this as a claim to fame – umpire Ted James ruled a ball went out.
What followed was an epic rant that just about every person who plays tennis – and many who have not – have repeated, over and over again.
“People shout that out to me all the time so I guess it shows how it’s stuck in the mind of so many people,” McEnroe said.
“The press hammered me but I also got support as people saw it as someone standing up to authority.
“I was just a kid then but like (Jimmy) Connors I played with a lot of angst.”
More on ‘Mac’ later.
Serena Williams, US Open, 2009
She might have won her sixth Wimbledon crown and is going to be the best female tennis player in history by the time she retires – if she isn’t already, but powerful American Serena Williams has had her moments.
A foot fault called by the lines woman that brought up match point in the semi final against Kim Clijsters caused the feisty Williams to launch a massive tirade at the official.
Perhaps a little overboard, but it certainly deserved the resultant code violation that led to a default, loss of the point and, by extension, loss of the match.
“Are you scared?” she asked the lines woman
“I didn’t say I would kill you, are you serious?” she asked, incredulously.
She’s won 22 grand slams, but certainly wouldn’t view this one as one of her finest moments.
Marco Baghdatis, Australian Open, 2012
We feel a bit sorry for Cypriot star Marcos Baghdatis’ racquets.
Uber popular among Australian fans, Baghdatis and his his huge entourage love heading down under and the fans lap it up.
They make plenty of noise with their singing and chants and they simply loved it when a clearly angry Baghdatis went to town on his racquet.
Well, not one of his racquets, but four. Falling two sets down to Stanislas Wawrinka, he lost his serve in the third set and then lost his mind, without even saying a word.
After wrecking the first one, he obliterated the second, then the third, still in its rapper.
His fourth one copped the same treatment, much to the adoration of a supremely vocal crowd.
It was a short, but costly meltdown for Baghdatis, who copped a code violation and was forced to cough up a $2000 fine, not to mention the expensive racquets – which were probably supplied.
It also produced this amusing comment from Jo Wilfired Tsonga.
“Four, it’s a lot,” Tsonga said.
“My father told me all the time, ‘If you break the racquet, I break you.”
Jimmy Connors, US Open 1991
Not known for his tact throughout a glittering career, angry man Jimmy Connors, at the ripe old age of 39, saw serious red when umpire David Littlefield called a ball out during a match with compatriot Aaron Krickstein – after the lines man ruled it ok.
Poor old Jimmy wasn’t having it.
“You didn’t see the god darn ball,” he screamed at littlefield.
“Get your ass out of the chair
“You’re a bum.
“I’m out here playing my butt off at 39 years old, and you’re doing that?”
He had some back up from fellow angry man McEnroe, who said: “There’s just no, no way he should be calling that ball out, it may have been at the most an eighth of an inch out and there’s no way he could have clearly seen that.
He later lost it again on another call.
Plenty of American hearts bled for the champ, but calling someone an “abortion” just isn’t very nice.
Despite it all, Connors went on to win the match and his over exuberant celebration sent the supportive crowd into a frenzy. Onya Jimmy.
Andrea Petkovic, Dubai, 2015
German world number 14 Andrea Petkovic is not exactly a house hold name, but her monstrous tantrum, in which she juxtaposed with the crowd in an effort to get some support for her argument over a call by umpire Zarina Diyas, should be the stuff of legend.
“NOOOOOOOOO,” she wails in protest.
“Oh my goodness.
“I cannot believe thiiiiiiiiiiiis.
“How can you do this.”
An incredulous Petkovic falls to her knees, shattered at the umpire’s decision, resting her head on the court, holding her hands over her head and slapping the surface.
“This is the worst call ever.”
Poor Andrea, we feel your pain, but a tennis court is probably not the best place to go completely bonkers.
* Bet on Andrea Petkovic to win the US Open at WilliamHill.com.au
John McEnroe, Stockholm Open, 1984
No least like this would be complete without at least a couple of entries from the king of tennis dummy spits.
We’ve picked this one for both the anger and the theatre.
Up against Swede Anders Jarryd, McEnroe copped a $2100 fine for going ham on the umpire Leif
Ake Nilsson after disputing a decision with the score at 4-2 in the second set.
“ANSWER MY QUESTION!” he screamed.
“THE QUESTION, JERK.”
To which the Ake Nillson replied: “Code violation, verbal abuse, point, Mr McEnroe.
Probably not the words angry Johnny wanted to hear as he belted the ball toward the umpire, then proceeded to lose the game.
He wasn’t finished though, teeing of on his chair, then his refreshments as he took break.
A more animated Ake Nillson came back with “Code violation, abuse of racquet, game, Mr McEnroe”.
“Why don’t we call off the match?” a bemused McEnroe asked.
“Can I have this person taken out of the chair?” he said as he flapped his arms around.
ANOTHER day at Wimbledon, another embarrassing Nick Kyrgios moment.
The petulant 20 year old Australian was bundled out of Wimbledon in the fourth round in four sets earlier this morning by Frenchman Richard Gasquet, 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (8-6), amid claims of tanking, following yet another dummy spit at the umpire.
After a torrid tournament at the All England Club, where he fought with umpires and officials alike, Kyrgios appeared to simply give up on a game after having a meltdown following a code violation imposed by umpire James Keothavong, due to – you guessed it – bad language – an ”audible obscenity”.
Up 40-30 in that game, Kyrgios lost it with a game point double fault and then appeared to blame the umpire with a sarcastic thumbs up.
What followed in the third game of the second set was the sort of thing sporting teams do when they want the number one draft pick – Kyrgios gave up.
But there’s no number on draft pick to get in tennis.
Here’s a run down of how it panned out:
> On first serve, Kyrgios didn’t even try to return Gasquet’s serve.
> At 15-0, he just meekly patted the ball into the net.
> At 30-0, he just walked across the court, without paying attention to the ball.
> On game point, he again tapped it into the net, then stormed to his chair and took a seat.
If that wasn’t enough, later, he again drew the wrath of the umpire, this time for taking too long to change his socks.
“I’ve taken one pair off,” Kyrgios apparently barked at Keothavong.
“I’ve got two on and I’m taking one pair off.
“I’m staying on the court.
“If you’re going to get angry with me for that, that’s another level.
“Mate, Rafa (Rafael Nadal) and stuff play 30 seconds in between points every time and all I’m doing is putting my sock back on.”
It’s just another episode in what is fast becoming the Kyrgios car crash, his lack of respect on and off the court and fiery temperament polarising the Aussie supporters, just like Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt before him.
When are we going to get a decent mens tennis player who is actually likeable? Has there been one since Patrick Rafter?
After the match, Kyrgios remained petulant, retorting back at reporters and denying the tanking allegation and attempting to turn the tennis match on the reporters.
“I kept playing. And that’s coming from you?” he snapped at one reporter who dared asked if he gave up on the game.
“Do you want to try to return Richard Gasquet’s serve?
“I’ll give you the racquet and we’ll see how many times you can return his serve.
“He served too good.
“How many aces did he hit that game? One? That game, did he hit one ace? Did he hit one ace?
“Of course I tried.
“If they decide to fine me, they can fine me.”
The fine he refers to is one of the laws of tennis: “A player shall use his best efforts to win a match when competing in a grand slam tournament.”
“Violation of this section shall subject a player to a fine up to $20,000 for each violation.”
Kyrgios said he was “frustrated” but did not think he was a “bad boy” in the tennis world – a view that is vastly gaining steam.
“I mean, today, there was a lot of ups and downs,” he said.
“Obviously, you know, it was a tough, tough time, especially when he’s not missing any balls.
“I’m getting frustrated myself.
“I feel as if I’m not playing not how I should be playing.
“I’m angry at myself.
“Just because I show emotion out on the court, I’m ‘bad’.
“There’s a lot of things going on at the moment that aren’t focusing on actual tennis.
“There’s just a lot of stuff going on.
“You don’t need to know about them.
“You know, I’m not perfect out there.
“I’m going to have ups and downs.”
While the jury is out on Kyrgios, he has found support from his opponent and a couple of stars.
“He likes the show, of course, everybody can see that,” Gasquet said of the Australian number two.
“But I still think it’s good to have some players like that on the circuit.
“Sometimes people are talking because the players are boring or something.
“Now we have someone who is doing different things.”
Brit Andy Murray said: “I like Nick, he’ll find his way for sure.”
“The most important thing is to try to be yourself,” Murray said.
“I don’t think people always appreciate how difficult it is to grow up under the spotlight.
“He’ll hopefully have good people around him that can help him, people that have experienced being on the tour.
“Guys like Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter.
“I’m sure in the next few years he’ll start to calm down a bit.”
Swiss master Roger Federer passed the tanking of the game off as “tactics”.
“One game to me is part of tactics, as well, sometimes to throw the other guy off,” the Fed Express said.
“You can be frustrated and just not feel like it for a couple of points.”
Let’s hope those stars are right, for the sake of Kyrgios – and Australian tennis.
Moving on to the rest of the Wimbledon action and, with the quarter finals almost upon us, Novak Djokovic is still the favourite at $2.37 with CrownBet.com.au, but Murray is nipping at his heals at $3.
Bad light stopped play in the match between the world number one Djokovic and Kevin Anderson, the latter stunningly winning the first two sets 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6).
But the Serb rallied hard and took the third set, 6-1 and then the fourth 6-4, before bad light stopped play.
They will resume tonight.
Federer is next best at $5 and Australian Open champ Stanislas Wawrinka is a $9 chance. They’re the only players given a chance by the punters, with Gasquet next best at $41.
On the women’s side of the draw, world number one Serena Williams has had a relatively breezy tournament and is the $1.80 favourite to win the title, with Maria Sharapova, at $6.50, and Agnieszka Radwanska, at $9, the only other players in single figures. Victoria Azarenka and Garbine Muguruza are next best at $12 each.
2015 Wimbledon market
Novak Djokovic ($2.37 with Crownbet)
Andy Murray ($3)
Roger Federer ($5)
Stan Wawrinka ($9)
Richard Gasquet (41)
Marin Cilic ($51)
Kevin Anderson ($51)
Gilles Simon ($67)
Vasek Pospisil ($151)
Serena Williams ($1.80 with Crownbet)
Maria Sharapova ($6.50)
Agnieszka Radwanska ($9)
Victoria Azarenka ($12)
Garbine Muguruza ($12)
Timea Bacsinszksy ($15)
Madison Keys ($17)
Coco Vandeweghe ($41)
2015 Win/Loss ratio: 16-10
Best Wimbledon finish: Quarter finalist, 2014
The road to this point: Four set victory over 2014 semi-finalist Milos Raonic
2015 Win/Loss ratio: 24-8
Best Wimbledon finish: Semi-finalist 2014
The road to this point: Straight sets win over world number 11 Grigor Dimitrov
Career Head-to-head: Gasquet leads 2-1
FOR the second match in a row, young Australian phenom Nick Kyrgios faces a man that he met in last year’s Championships.
That man is 29-year old Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Gasquet, who conceded a two-sets to love lead against the 26th seed, only to succumb to the power, hunger and determination of the fiery Aussie.
Krygios saved a record-equalling nine match points in their second round encounter last year, and the pair now meet again on court two at Wimbledon for the opportunity to progress to the quarter finals.
Gasquet, who was at that stage a top 10 player, reflected on the match that now defines Kyrgios.
“He played incredible,” Gasquet said of Kyrgios.
“It was his first match he won against a good player, I was top 10, and me, when you are losing with nine match points it’s very difficult.”
Richard Gasquet’s tournament has been a magnificent one to date, with the world number 20 breezing past his much more fancied opponent in Gigor Dimitrov in straight sets.
The Frenchman never looked like losing and is playing as well as ever, presenting an enormous challenge to the Australian firebrand.
The 26th seed, Kyrgios is in career best form and after conquering last year’s quarter-final foe in Milos Raonic in four gritty sets, the polarising Australian looks ready to take the next step and progress deep into the Wimbledon finals.
Still, even after his epic five set victory over Gasquet last year, Kyrgios is not taking his opponent for granted.
“I have a tough task ahead,” said Kyrgios.
“Gasquet is playing some really good tennis. Beating Dimitrov in straight sets is not an easy task on the grass.”
Unfortunately for Kyrgios, his demonstrative attitude on the court has soured the opinions of the 20 year old, with his burgeoning talent and fantastic skillset sometimes overshadowed by outbursts of frustration and ostensibly disrespectful behaviour.
The expressiveness displayed from the young Canberran seems to help him refocus on the job at hand, and his fourth round opponent has no problems with his attitude on or off the court.
“I think it’s great for the game. He has a good personality,” said Gasquet.
“He’s fun to watch on the court. He’s nice off the court. That’s the most important. He respects the players off the court.”
The two players have contrasting styles on the court, with the high powered and high octane offense of Kyrgios, who is reliant on overpowering his opponent and producing mesmerising winners.
Gasquet’s all round game makes him a dangerous opponent, especially on grass.
The Frenchman is adept at picking apart his opponents and exploiting their weaknesses, but lacks the killer instinct of his younger opponent, who actively seeks out to end points through hitting winners.
It makes for a fascinating match up and without a doubt the most interesting fourth round tussle on Manic Monday at Wimbledon.
Winner: Nick Kyrgios – $1.80
Correct score: Nick Kyrgios 3-1 – $4.33
Exotic bet: Nick Kyrgios wins the first set 6-2 – $21
The rematch of one of last year’s epics is set to be another classic showdown, with the high powered Kyrgios facing off against the savvy veteran Gasquet.
Despite his career defining victory last year, the 26th seed Kyrgios still trails the Frenchman 2-1 in their official head-to-head count.
Gasquet won their only 2015 meeting, defeating Kyrgios on clay in emphatic style; winning 6-3, 6-2 on his way to securing the Milleneum Estoril Open in April.
Gasquet said atoning for last year’s capitulation was his main aim coming into the match up tonight.
“It was very tough because I had nine match points and I couldn’t do it, so it was a big match. Of course it was tough to lose. He played incredible.” Gasquet said.
“It’s revenge. I played him this year in the final in Estoril, but it was on clay. It’s much different.”
The young Aussie’s form is terrific heading in, and with an off-season dedicated to improving his conditioning and strength, the 26th seed believes he has what it takes to progress past Gasquet and into the quarter-finals for the second successive year.
He has made only two visits to the All England lawn tennis and croquet club, but Kyrgios should progress through to the quarter-final stage again in 2015, with his overall power and shot making ability potentially too much for the 29-year old Frenchman.
Round 3 – 6:00pm AEST on Saturday, May 30, 2015
TV coverage: Fox Sports
Weather: Mostly cloudy
H2H record: Murray leads 2-0
Andy Murray (3) – $1.13 at Sportsbet.com.au
2015 record on clay: 12-1
Nick Kyrgios (29) – $7.00 at www.CrownBet.com.au
2015 record on clay: 9-5
Nick Kyrgios had the easiest Grand Slam match of his life in round two of the 2015 French Open.
Saturday’s fixture is an entirely different matter.
The young Australian was gifted a third-round berth after UK wild card Kyle Edmund withdrew pre-match with a stomach strain.
But now Kyrgios ($7.00 at Crownbet.com) must face Andy Murray, the third seed, in a replay of their quarterfinal clash at the 2015 Australian Open.
The Scot triumphed in straight sets that day, as in the pair’s first meeting at the Canadian Masters in 2014, and the online bookmakers have him as the red-hot favourite to progress to the round of 16 at Roland Garros.
Although Murray ($1.13 at Sportsbet) has never reached the French Open final, he has made the fourth round or better on each of his past five appearances at the tournament.
The 28-year-old has done just enough without really firing so far at RG 2015. He eased past Facundo Arguello in straight sets, but was taken to four by the unseeded Joao Sousa in the second round.
Still, Murray has strung together some excellent results on clay surfaces this year, with 12 wins and only one loss – a walkover against David Goffin in the Rome Masters.
That run includes title wins at Munich and the Madrid Open, where he defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 in the final.
Kyrgios’ recent form, by contrast, is more of a mixed bag.
The 20-year-old has won nine of 14 matches on clay courts in 2015, including an epic victory over Roger Federer in Madrid where all three sets came down to tiebreakers.
He made a promising run to the final in Estoril, Portugal, but was done in straight sets by France’s Richard Gasquet.
However, the world no. 30 has also suffered a number of early exits on the slower European surfaces, going out at the first attempt in both Barcelona and Rome.
But while it is hard to read Kyrgios’ form after he passed the second round without touching a racket, the walkover against Edmund may well work in his favour.
Besides giving Team Murray very little to analyse on a tactical front, the four-day break will ensure that Nicky comes into Saturday’s clash with plenty of energy to spare.
Kyrgios has played only three sets to Murray’s seven and boasts an all-court game that is notoriously difficult to face when he is fit and fresh.
That downtime will also give the Canberra native a chance to pursue certain pre-game predilections away from the tennis court, if his recent interview with GQ Australia is anything to go by.
When asked if he abstained from sex before big matches, Kyrgios said, “I don’t abide by that rule. I don’t abide by that at all.”
He added: “I won’t say any [names] but, mate, a lot goes on.
“What happens on tour gets around fast, so you have to be careful. That’s why I don’t mess with any tennis chicks.”
Murray vs Kyrgios match predictions
Result – Andy Murray to win ($1.13 at Sportsbet.com.au)
Correct score – Murray 3-1 ($3.75 at www.WilliamHill.com)
Total match sets – Over 3.5 ($2.10 at Sportsbet)
Kyrgios to win a set? – Yes ($1.98 at Crownbet.com)
It would be an absolute dream if Kyrgios could avenge his Australian Open quarterfinal defeat, but you can’t look past Murray here.
This is about the time in a major tourney when the Scot starts to fire up, so expect a big improvement on his efforts in the earlier rounds.
There is some hope for young Nicky, however, and we are backing him to break his duck and notch a maiden set win in his third meeting with the two-time Grand Slam title winner.
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Andrey Kuznetzov ($21 at Sportsbet.com.au) vs Rafael Nadal ($1.01 at William Hill)
Novak Djokovic ($1.01 at WilliamHill.com.au) vs Thanasi Kokkinakis ($20 at CrownBet)
Simone Bolelli ($11.50 at www.Sportsbet.com) vs David Ferrer ($1.05 at WilliamHill.com)
David Goffin ($1.46 at Sportsbet.com) vs Jeremy Chardy ($2.80 at WilliamHill)
Jack Sock ($1.49 at Sportsbet) vs Borna Coric ($2.65 at www.WilliamHill.com.au)
Sportsbet.com.au French Open outright betting
$1.83 – Novak Djokovic
$5 – Rafael Nadal
$8 – Andy Murray
$10 – Kei Nishikori, Roger Federer
$23 – Stan Wawrinka
$26 – Tomas Berdych
$41 – Gael Monfils
$51 – David Ferrer
$71 – Nick Kyrgios
$101 – Jo-Wilfred Tsonga
$151 – Gilles Simon, Marin Cilic, Pablo Cuevas
$201 – Borna Coric
$251 – Jeremy Chardy, Carlos Berlocq, David Goffin, Jack Sock
$301 – Leo Mayer, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Richard Gasquet, Benoit Paire
$401 – Simone Bolelli, Kevin Anderson
$501 – Nicholas Mahut, Pablo Andujar, Steve Johnson, Lukas Rosol, Andrey Kuznetzov, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Damir Dzumhur