Never before in history of Płock Orlen Polish Open – the biggest tennis wheelchair tournament in the country – it was so difficult to be seeded. If you want the privilege of first round by, you have to be ranked in Top-20 of the world. Do not forget – in the same time (we meet in Plock from 5th to 9th June) the best players are to compete at Roland Garros.
Players could not be so happy but public should enjoy even first round duels between former champions. It’s 24th time in Plock and Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (five), Martin Legner and Frederic Cattaneo (both three) and Tom Egberink (two) – all of them are on entry list – share 13 tittles. It’s more than a half and not a deep history. In last seven years only in 2014 none of them won this tournament and four finals were decided between them.
Each of this fabulous four feels at Lukasiewcza street court like home. They could feel as co-hosts for Takashi Sanada (world No 8) and Takuyi Miki (11), two players from Japan on the top of entry list. Cattaneo (13), Egberink (16), very well known in Plock Augustin Ledesma (17), Daniel Rodrigues (18), Ben Weekes (19) and Martin de la Puente (20) are also expected to be seeded.
Płock Orlen Polish Open is category 2 event so – except solid prize money of 22,000 US dollars – players can earn enough points and improve their rankings. Kamil Fabisiak (29) rivarly with Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (32) could be very exciting. At the stake is the tittle of Polish Number One.
Men’s singles is the moust prestigous event in this level tournaments. Of course we have women, quads and doubles too. We expect four out of twenty top ranked female players of the worls – almost “local” Michaela Spanstra (12), Natalia Mayara (17), Ju-Youn Park (19) and Florencia Maria Moreno (20).
We have as many as 12 entries to quad competition. Favourites? Lucas Sithole (5) and Ymanitu Silve (10).
70 players from 19 countries are expected in Płock.