Gilles Simon,the 28-year-old from Nice, is set to be the provisional top seed as the highest ranked of the eight from the world’s top 20 ATP players due compete at the 2103 Aegon International.
Simon, who reached the dizzy heights of world #6 is nicknamed Gilou with his most significant success over Rafael Nadal in Madrid five years ago. Although British fans will probably remember him bowing out to Olympic champion Andy Murray at the 2013 Australian Open.
Argentinian Juan Monaco and former Eastbourne champion Andreas Seppi of Italy make up the trio of top 20 players.
Yet there are five other aces who will also be vying to become the #1 seed at Eastbourne, namely Phillip Kohlschreiber, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Fabio Fognini, Kevin Anderson, Martin Klizan and Julien Benneteau.
The entrants confirmed are:
- Gilles SIMON (France)
- Juan MONACO (Argentina)
- Andreas SEPPI (Italy)
- Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER (Germany)
- Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV (Ukraine)
- Fabio FOGNINI (Italy)
- Kevin ANDERSON (South Africa)
- Martin KLIZAN (Slovakia)
- Julien BENNETEAU (France)
- Thomaz BELLUCCI (Brazil)
- Jarkko NIEMINEN (Finland)
- Viktor TROICKI (Serbia)
- Feliciano LOPEZ (Spain)
- Denis ISTOMIN (Uzbekistan)
- Radek STEPANEK (Czech Republic)
- Ivan DODIG (Croatia)
- Grega ZEMLJA (Slovenia)
- Bernard TOMIC (Australia)
- Fernando VERDASCO (Spain)