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WORLD No 12 Gael Monfils hopes to emulate fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and win the South African Open which starts today at Montecasino.
Tsonga opted to rest after reaching the Australian Open semifinal, clearing the way for Monfils to be top seed followed by Spain Davis Cup title-winning hero David Ferrer.
The original seedings had a distinct French flavour with four of the eight coming from the land of the Tricolor, but Jeremy Chardy (third) and Marc Gicquel (fifth) were late withdrawals. Spaniard Feliciano Lopez has been elevated to third seed and Swiss Marco Chiudinelli to fourth for the R4 million.
American Rajeev Ram is seeded fifth and Belgian Xavier Malisse, Taiwanese Yen-Haun Lu and Frenchman Robert Stephane complete the line-up of contenders.
South Africa rejoined the ATP circuit last year on a three-year trial and the second tournament looks set to match the success of the first with the 3000 seats for the Saturday semi-finals and Sunday final sold out.
Probably the biggest worry for the organisers ahead of the two-open-court event will be the weather. Johannesburg has experienced unusual daily torrential rain for several weeks. Monfils disappointed at the Australian Open in Melbourne, losing a four-set third-round clash with American giant John Isner after a mixed start to the new year for the 23-year-old son of Caribbean parents. - AFP