A very sparse OOP in Noumea for Tuesday (unless you count doubles, which I totally don’t) (kidding!) (about the doubles, not the spareness).  If I had the kind of forecast they have, I’d be making people play multiple rounds today.  I guess that’s why I’m not a tournament director – which I’m sure is for the better, as it would likely result in player mutiny and violent overthrow. All for the best.  Anyway, here’s a look at Tuesday’s matches, which are the only remaining first rounds to be played:

Igor Sijsling vs. Augustin Gensse: a first ever meeting between the top-seeded Dutchman and the 27 year-old Frenchie.  Sijsling ended the year on one of the better tears on tour, winning the Eckental Challenger then reaching the finals in Aachen before Dustin Brown halted his 9-match winning streak.  This will be his first pro match since that run in late November.  Gensse, meanwhile, had an amazing 72/21 season that saw him claim SEVEN Futures titles and reach the semis of the Palermo Challenger, pushing his ranking up from #578 into the Top 200.  So I would be very densse were I to write off his chances.  Will be an interesting one, for sure.

Igor Sijsling Dutching it up with pal Thiemo de Bakker

Freddie Nielsen vs. Kevin Kim: First meeting for these guys as well.  Two challenger tour veterans whose seasons (and possibly careers) took different trajectories at the end of last year. 2010 saw the 32 year-old Kim lose his final six matches of the year on the way to a 29/37 campaign.  The 27 year-old Dane, meanwhile, ended the year with a run to the finals of Loughborough (where he lost to the then-torrid Matthias Bachinger) and a 46/26 record.  All trends point to Nielsen getting through this one.

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