Ranked as the world’s number two tennis player Roger Federer arrived Istanbul on Sunday. Federer will inaugurate the first ATP World Tour tournament in Turkey; the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open. The Istanbul Open will be held at the spectacular Koza World of Sports facility, which is promoted as the largest tennis academy in the world. The center court features a retractable roof and will provide seating for 7,500 people.
Turkey is the 36th different country an ATP World Tour tournament has been held in since the formation of the ATP World Tour in 1990. The seeds are: 1) Federer, 2) Grigor Dimitrov, 3) Pablo Cuevas, 4) Santiago Giraldo, 5) Andreas Haider-Maurer, 6) Mikhail Kukushkin, 7) Mikhail Youzhny and 8) Diego Schwartzman.
Federer endured a tough start to his clay-court season in 2015, losing in the round-of-16 to Gael Monfils at the Monte Carlo Masters, and will now try to make up for it in Istanbul.
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