• Tsonga, Monfils headline field in China

    10/2/11 9:36 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Tsonga, Monfils headline field in China Jo-Wilfried Tsonga returns to hard-court action, as the ATP World Tour moves to Beijing for the first week of October. The Frenchman is set to enter the draw as the top seed, with compatriot Gael Monfils taking the second slot.

    World No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga makes his return to competition following a title-winning run in Metz. The 26-year-old Frenchman improved his season record to 41-18 after beating veteran Ivan Ljubicic for the championship. He will be making his first appearance in Beijing since 2007.

    Tsonga has been placed in competitive half of the draw that includes (3) Tomas Berdych, (5) Gilles Simon and (8) Alexandr Dolgopolov. Additional players in the section are Grigor Dimitrov, Thomaz Bellucci, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marcel Granollers, Jurgen Melzer, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Michael Llodra, Tommy Robredo and Fernando Verdasco.

    The world No. 7 is scheduled to begin his run against Dimitrov in the opening round. The closest seed to the Frenchman is countryman Simon, who looms as a possible quarterfinal opponent. Successful movement through the draw may set a semifinal clash with Berdych or Dolgopolov.

    Recent Bangkok semifinalist Gael Monfils is set to join the field as the second seed. The Frenchman leads the bottom half of the draw along with (4) Nicolas Almagro, (6) Andy Roddick and (7) John Isner.

    World No. 1 and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic will not be in China to defend his title, having not yet healed from his back injury.

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