Dimitrov, Garin and Fritz join Medvedev and UTS4 line-up; group details and full order of play

With the final three players confirmed, UTS4 has a star-studded line-up. Here are the full details of who’s in which group and who plays when

The field is set for UTS4 and it keeps getting better! Grigor Dimitrov and Taylor Fritz will renew their association with Patrick Mouratoglou’s Ultimate Tennis Showdown, with both players signing on to play UTS on clay for the first time. Additionally, gifted Chilean Cristian Garin will take his talents to the UTS stage. These three join a star-studded UTS4 field that will battle for the thunderbolt trophy between May 24 and May 26 at the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in the South of France. World No 2 Daniil Mevedev, Fabio Fognini, Diego Schwartzman, Alexander Bublik and Corentin Moutet will also take part in the showdown.

Meet each player, find out which group he is in, when he is playing and learn his UTS history:

Group A:

Diego Schwartzman – “El Peque”

  • ATP Ranking: 10
  • UTS Experience: First Appearance

One of the top clay-courters in tennis, and one of two top-10 players in UTS4, Diego Schwartzman takes his inspiring brand of tennis to the South of France for his first Ultimate Tennis Showdown appearance. The Argentinean made his mark on French soil in 2020 when he upset Dominic Thiem to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final. Schwartzman enters the draw with a 90-65 lifetime record on clay, and all three of his ATP titles have come on the surface.

Grigor Dimitrov – “Grigor”

  • ATP Ranking: 20
  • UTS Experience: 0-3 at UTS2

Grigor Dimitrov got his feet wet at UTS2, when he was just making his return after suffering from Covid-19. At UTS4, the 20th-ranked Bulgarian will look to pick up some wins and make a serious run at the title as he heats up his Roland-Garros preparation. The talented 30-year-old owns a 73-53 lifetime record on clay and one of his eight ATP titles came on the surface, at Bucharest in 2014.

Cristian Garin – “El Tanque”

  • ATP Ranking: 23
  • UTS Experience: First Appearance

In the past three seasons, Chile’s Cristian Garin has emerged as a force on the clay. The 24-year-old has amassed five titles on the surface since the start of 2019, and he hopes to add another title to his résumé here at UTS4. Blessed with penetrating power off of both wings, Garin will battle with Schwartzman for South American bragging rights in Group A. He is one of two players who enter UTS4 having already won a title in 2021 (Medvedev is the other).

Alexander Bublik – “The Bublik Enemy”

  • ATP Ranking: 38
  • UTS Experience: First Appearance

Get ready to be entertained. Not only is Alexander Bublik blessed with jaw-dropping power off the serve and forehand, he also has one of the softest pair of hands currently working on the ATP Tour. Bublik is a player on the rise, and he enters UTS4 with a career-high ranking, having compiled an impressive 19-13 record in 2021 and reached the quarter-finals at Masters 1000 events in Miami and Madrid.

Daniil Medvedev - Madrid Masters - 2021
Daniil Medvedev, the highest ranked UTS player, will look to build momentum on the clay.

Group B

Daniil Medvedev – “The Chessmaster”

  • ATP Ranking: 2
  • UTS Experience: First Appearance

Daniil Medvedev comes to the South of France to take his place as the highest-ranked player in UTS history. The Russian, currently ranked No 2 in the ATP rankings, has developed a reputation as one of the cagiest and crafty talents on the ATP Tour. He’s already reached two Grand Slam finals on his favourite surface – hard courts – but he’s still trying to find his footing on the clay. He hopes to show the world that he’s a lot better than his 11-20 lifetime record on the surface.

Fabio Fognini – “Fogna”

  • ATP Ranking: 29
  • UTS Experience: First Appearance

Another one-of-a-kind talent joins the UTS4 field in Italy’s Fabio Fognini. The 33-year-old San Remo, Italy native is a wizard on the clay, a legendary shotmaker and a larger-than-life personality who has a knack for combining controversy, charisma and crazy skills into a package that fans can’t take their eyes off.

An owner of nine ATP titles, Fognini is a former world No 9 who has won eight of those aforementioned titles on clay.

Taylor Fritz – “The Hotshot”

  • ATP Ranking: 32
  • UTS Experience: 0-2 at UTS3

Taylor Fritz made a strong impression at UTS3 in Antwerp last autumn, but the American didn’t manage to eke out a win in his two matches. This year Fritz, a bomb-serving 23-year-old with gleaming groundstrokes, is back on the clay to prove that he belongs. The 32nd-ranked American has been rising up the rankings over the last two seasons and will look to take his clay game – and showmanship – to the next level in Nice.

Corentin Moutet – “The Tornado”

  • ATP Ranking: 70
  • Experience: 5-6 at UTS1 and UTS2, Semi-Finalist at UTS2

Welcome back to a UTS regular. France’s Corentin Moutet has thrilled the competition with his head-spinning bag of tricks. From tweeners to underarm serves to fake smashes, Moutet can produce every trick shot in the book – and then some. But the world No 70 can also win tennis matches and grind out long, physical rallies on the clay. As the youngest player in UTS4, Moutet will be aiming to show off his attitude and his game on the surface he grew up on. The result is sure to be must-watch TV.

Order of play: (all times local)

Monday May 24:
15.00: Corentin Moutet v Taylor Fritz
15.45: Grigor Dimitrov v Cristian Garin
16.30: Diego Schwartzman v Alexander Bublik
17.15: Daniil Medvedev v Fabio Fognini

19.15: Diego Schwartzman v Grigor Dimitrov
20.00: Daniil Medvedev v Corentin Moutet
20.45: Taylor Fritz v Fabio Fognini
21.30: Alexander Bublik v Cristian Garin

Tuesday May 25:
15.00: Fabio Fognini v Corentin Moutet
15.45: Grigor Dimitrov v Alexander Bublik
16.30: Taylor Fritz v Daniil Medvedev
17.15: Diego Schwartzman v Cristian Garin

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