30 Apr - 17:51

Sousa will face Fratangelo in 1st round

João Sousa, the best ranked portuguese player ever and sixth seed at Millennium Estoril Open will begin his quest for the title on home soil against American Bjorn Fratangelo, 150.º ATP, who first defeated Enrique Lopéz-Peréz, then Andrey Rublev in the qualifying to book his spot in the main draw.

Sousa has struggled to produce his best tennis in the first two editions on the portuguese ATP250, never moving past the first round, and will be extra motivated to give his home fans something to cheer about.

Brit Kyle Edmund, #NextGenATP alumni and seventh seed at Estoril, will go up against in form João Domingues. The portuguese player, 259.º ATP, earned a Wild Card to the qualifying after being the best national player in the Cascais NextGen Tour and kept the winning momentum by defeating compatriot Gonçalo Oliveira 6-4 6-2 in the final round of the “qualy”. Domingues will play in the main draw of an ATP World Tour event for the first time in his career.

Argentinian and clay court specialist Carlos Berlocq, who has enjoyed great success in Portugal in the past, will go up against swede Elias Ymer who, for the second straight year booked his ticket to the main draw via the qualifying. The winner will go on to face former Millennium Estoril Open champion Richard Gasquet.

South African Kevin Anderson will make his debut in the Clube de Ténis do Estoril clay  against Italian Salvatore Caruso, who overpowered past Frenchman Kenny De Schepper in the last round of the qualifying, 6-3 7-6(1).