You can always count on the Moselle Open (Metz, France; indoor hard court) to bring in several of the top seeds on the ATP Tour, including the best singles players in France today, Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Led by the No. 4-ranked player in the world, Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka, these were easily the top three favorites going into Wednesday’s action.
Notable by his absence is last year’s champion David Goffin, who’s been busy leading his native Belgium to their first Davis Cup final since 1904. Simon (2010, 2013) and Tsonga (2011, 2012) had split the last four Moselle Opens between them, meeting in the finals in 2013, but neither made it that far last year. Wawrinka hasn’t appeared at Metz since 2007, when he lost to Tsonga in the first round.
Trailing the top three favorites is Philipp Kohlschreiber, the best player in Germany today and No. 33 overall on the ATP rankings. Kohlschreiber reached the quarterfinals at Metz in 2014, where he lost to fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff after retiring down 5-0 in the first set. Struff is not participating this year.