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South Africa: De Voest Seeded 7th for Soweto Open

South African Davis Cup star Rik De Voest has been seeded seventh seed for the Soweto Open at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex, which gets under way on Monday. De Voest has drawn German Richard Becker in his opening round.

At the age of 32, the South African is playing some of the best tennis of his career and although cautious said he is optimistic about his chances.

"Each and every player in the main draw can play ball," he explained. "I don't know much about Becker, but I've heard he is a good player.

Approach

"Seeded or not seeded, I am taking each match as it comes and hopefully can work my way through to the last eight and then from there it's all bonus for me," De Voest added.

He has previously enjoyed success in the Soweto Open, a tournament he says "brings out the best in me", finishing as runner-up in 2009 and 2011. He's hoping it will be a case of third time lucky in 2013.

The top seed for the event is Slovakian number one, Lucas Lacko, who is ranked 79th in the world. American Rajeev Ram (115) is seeded to meet Lacko in the final.

First round

The Slovakian opens his challenge against Brazil's Ricardo Hocevar, while Ram faces South African Davis Cup player Ruan Roelofse.

Vasek Pospisil of Canada (130) and Michal Przysiezny of Poland (152) are seeded third and fourth respectively.

Flamboyant 2010 Soweto Open champion Dustin Brown of Germany (180) is the fifth seed, while Brazilians Thiago Alves (186) and Fabiano De Paula (261) take up the sixth and eighth spots. Brown will face a qualifier in round one.

South Africans

South Africans Ruan Roelofse (506) and Jean Andersen (775), who both were originally given wild-cards into the tournament by Tennis South Africa received welcome news on Monday that their new world rankings had got them directly into the main draw. As a result, Tennis South Africa announced that up and coming South Africans Keith-Patrick Crowley (775) and Dean O'Brien (1075) would be awarded the vacant wild cards in the main draw.

Crowley is presently on tennis a tennis scholarship at the University of Miami in the USA. O'Brien finished studying at Georgia Tech in Atlanta last year and has been playing on the professional circuit in North and Central America since then.

DRAW

First Round

[1] Lukas Lacko (Svk) vs. Ricardo Hocevar (Bra)

Michal Konecny (Cze) vs. Gregoire Burquier (Fra)

Goran Tosic (Mne) vs. [WC] Dean O'Brien (RSA)

Fabrice Martin (Fra) vs. [8] Fabiano De Paula (Bra)

[4] Michal Przysiezny (Pol) vs. Denis Zivkovic (USA)

Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) vs. [WC] Tucker Vorster (RSA)

[WC] Keith-Patrick Crowley (RSA) vs. Andre Ghem (Bra)

Qualifier vs. [5] Dustin Brown (Ger)

[7] Rik De Voest (RSA) vs. Richard Becker (Ger)

Thales Turini (Bra) vs. Stefan Seifert (Ger)

Qualifier vs. Jean Andersen (RSA)

Sandro Ehrat (Sui) vs. [3] Vasek Pospisil (Can)

[6] Thiago Alves (Bra) vs. Qualifier

Prakash Amritraj (Ind) vs. Mate Pavic (Cro)

[WC] Wayne Montgomery (RSA) vs. Qualifier

Ruan Roelofse (RSA) vs. [2] Rajeev Ram (USA)

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