Swing into Spring with the ATP

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Swing into Spring with the ATP

The ATP tour is now in full swing. The calendar is loaded with 250,500, and 1000 level tournaments for the next two months. Let’s look at the must-watch tournaments in February and March, and who’s playing.

Rio Open: February 14th to February 20th

Before the actual clay season begins, there’s a short South American clay-court swing that concludes at the Rio Open. With 500 ATP points at play, top players traditionally make the trip. For example, Nadal is a past champion here. Whereas he’s not making the trip, Berrettini, Ruud, Schwartzman, and defending champion Christian Garin will. In addition, all eyes will be on Carlos Alcaraz, the young Spanish talent and Nadal successor. Expect some high-quality clay-court tennis in Rio!

Mexican Open and Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships: February 21st to February 26th

After an incredible semifinal run at the 2021 Australian Open, Aslan Karatsev backed up that run with a title run at Dubai. He beat quality opponents such as Jannick Sinner and Andrey Rublev on that dream run. This year it will prove hard to defend his title. The field will be stacked with players like Djokovic, Rublev, Sinner, Auger-Aliassime, and Shapovalov. This will also be Djokovic’s first tournament of the season. He last played at the ATP Finals in 2021.

The Mexican Open on the other side of the earth promises to be as exciting as ever. The field here promises to be even more competitive than Dubai. Medvedev, Zverev, Nadal, and Berrettini are set to be the top four seeds. Nadal is a three-time champion while Zverev is the defending champion. All eyes will be on a possible Medvedev/Nadal rematch.

Indian Wells from March 10th to March 20th and the Miami Open from March 23rd to April 4th

Tennis March madness is what we have in store next month with the two most important tournaments proceeding the Australian Open. March is always reserved for these two events which distribute 1,000 ATP points apiece to the winner and millions in prize money. All the big stars will be participating in both tournaments, and it will a good assessment of how the tennis season is shaping up.

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