Spain and the United States lead the 20 countries represented in the tournament
A total of 20 countries are represented in the list of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell this year. Not counting the nationalities of those who are currently alternates are two dozen participating countries, with Spain and the United States, with four players each, at the head. Surprising is the small number of representatives of the ‘Armada’ and that high number of US players, unaccustomed to come to Europe to play tournaments on clay.
The first phenomenon, the one related to Spanish tennis, is a reflection of the bad moment it is going through, with only eight players in the top-100 of the world ranking. These four representatives contrast with the nine from last year, a very remarkable loss. Rafa Nadal, Pablo Carreño, Fernando Verdasco and Jaume Munar are entered. On the contrary, the Americans are Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka (photo) and Denis Kudla.
The countries that appear next, with three participants, are Japan, Argentina and France. Kei Nishikori will lead the Japanese delegation, Guido Pella will lead the Argentines and Gilles Simon the French.
Canada will be represented with two players, with its two young aspiring star (Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime), Russia, with its current great stars (Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev), and Germany, which has presented a more than dangerous partner : Philipp Kohlschreiber and Jan-Lenard-Struff.
The countries with a single player are South Korea (Hyeon Chung will return to the circuit in Miami after several weeks with physical problems), Australia (Alex de Miñaur), Italy (Fabio Fognini), Hungary (Marton Fucsovics), Chile (Christian Garín) , Belgium (David Goffin), Tunisia (Malek Jaziri), Slovakia (Martin Klizan), Great Britain (Cameron Norrie), Portugal (Joao Sousa), Austria (Dominc Thiem) and Greece (Stefanos Tsitsipas).
Among the alternates, if it is confirmed that they get into the main draw, there are very interesting countries such as Bolivia, which this year has a very prominent player like Hugo Dellien, a quarterfinalist in the tournament in Rio de Janeiro, and India, supported by the unstoppable progression of Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who is still alive in Indian Wells this week after having defeated Benoit Paire and Nikoloz Basilashvili.