Steve Darcis, who has just become a father, meets Roland Garros winner Nadal in the opening round. "Rafa" will be eager to prove that he can get far, after last year's dramatic exit against Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon. The match will be played on Court N.1 in the afternoon, weather permitting.
David Goffin (ATP-85) said after the French Open that he couldn't have a worse draw for London, but it comes close: Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ATP-7) starts as the big favourite against the small talented Belgian in the first round and is considered as one of the outsiders for the title.
Olivier Rochus (ATP-139) made it in into the main draw as lucky loser, but faces Kevin Anderson (ATP-23) in his opening match, a man with a thundering serve.
In-form veteran Xavier Malisse (ATP-60) just missed the final in Rosmalen and has a liking for grass. However, he bumps into Spain's Fernando Verdasco (ATP-58), a dangerous opponent. 32-year-old Malisse beat the Spaniard at Wimbledon last year, but the West-Fleming needed 5 sets.
In the women's draw, Kirsten Flipkens (WTA-20 and Yanina Wickmayer (WTA-51) have a good chance of advancing to the second or third round, where they could meet. In that case, Belgium would have at least one player in the fourth round. After the Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin era, where Belgian tennis fans were spoiled, this would be quite something already.