Singles draw at Millennium Estoril Open
The Millennium Estoril Open singles main draw ceremony took place this Saturday in the Slice Lounge in the Clube de Ténis do Estoril. João Zilhão, tournament director and Tom Barnes, ATP supervisor, were in attendance as well as Australian Alex de Minaur, who was awarded a wild card into the singles draw and will pair up with former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in doubles.
Defending champion Pablo Carreño-Busta (11ºATP) gets a bye in the first round and will start is bid to reconquer the trophy against either Argentinian Nicolas Kicker or a qualifier.
South African Kevin Anderson, semi-finalist in the 2017 edition and current 8ºATP, will begin his campaign on the Portuguese clay facing off the winner of the first round matchup between Spaniard Pablo Andujar and Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas.
19-year-old De Minaur, who took the tennis world by storm early in the season, when he made the semis in Brisbane and the final in Sydney, will face local talent Gastão Elias in his maiden match at Millennium Estoril Open. The winner will face off third seed Kyle Edmund in the second round.
Luxembourgian Gilles Muller, runner-up in last year’s edition of the Portuguese ATP 250, gets a bye in the first round and will meet either Tennys Sandgren or Frances Tiafoe, who will go head to head in an all American first-round matchup.
Former 6ºATP Gilles Simon returns to Portugal and will start his bid for the title versus local wild card Pedro Sousa. Should he overcome his portuguese opponent the frenchman will either face Portugal's No. 1 player João Sousa or rising talent Daniil Medvedev of Russia.
Find the singles main draw here.