The men’s MAJOR tennis tournaments on the ATP Tour calendar each year are called the “BIG 14” here on OnCourt Advantage. The reason I call them that is to highlight and emphasise that tennis is NOT just four major tournaments per year. In addition to the four Grand Slam events there are 10 MAJOR men’s tournaments, which comprise 9 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments and THE year-end ATP Tour Finals tournament.
The 2012 men’s MAJOR tennis tournament calendar for the BIG 14 events on the ATP Tour is:
- January 11-29: AUSTRALIAN OPEN in Melbourne, Australia.
- March 6-18: INDIAN WELLS in the USA.
- March 19-April 1: MIAMI in the USA.
- April 7-15: MONTE CARLO, Monaco.
- April 27-May 6: MADRID in Spain.
- May 5-13: ROME in Italy.
- May 15-June 3: ROLAND GARROS in Paris, France.
- June 11-July 1: WIMBLEDON in London, United Kingdom.
- August 3-12: TORONTO in Canada.
- August 11-19: CINCINNATI in the USA.
- August 21-September 9: US OPEN in New York, USA.
- October 6-14: SHANGHAI in China.
- October 27-November 4: PARIS in France.
- November 5-12: ATP Tour Finals in LONDON, United Kingdom.
The dates above are the entire timeframe for each tournament, including the first day of the qualifying singles event through to Men’s Singles Final day. The first three major tournaments are all hard court events, the next four are clay court events, Wimbledon is played on natural grass, then the final six are all hard courts events, with the final two of those being indoor hard court events.
Pictured above is the 2011 ATP Tour Champion Novak DJOKOVIC which, is the title, awarded to the player who finishes the year ranked as the World No.1. The 24-year-old Djokovic is pictured at Wimbledon in 2011 because immediately after that tournament he became No.1 for the first time in his career.
The 1.88m Serbian had a dominant year, winning three of the four Grand Slams, an ATP record of 5 Masters 1000 singles titles, winning 70 matches to just 6 losses and finishing 4,100 ATP ranking points clear of No.2 Rafael Nadal. In fact, Nadal had quite a similar year to Djokovic last year and the popular opinion was that he would continue his reign in 2011.
Currently, Djokovic is favoured to continue in 2012 as he did this year BUT it will be interesting to see whether Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or someone currently outside the Top 4, can wrestle the No.1 spot from Nole!
If you click on the names of these MAJOR tournaments that are written in blue and are underlined, it will take you to the 2012 directory page for that particular tournament. As the 2012 directories are posted here at OnCourt Advantage for the above tournaments that are currently written in black, they too will be updated to being listed in blue and linked to the 2012 directory page for that major tournament.
The directory pages contain a quick summary of the main tournament details, a link for how to buy tickets to attend that tournament, how you can follow that tournament on the Official Facebook and Twitter pages and list a link to every post about that tournament written by OnCourt Advantage. These directories were and are added to this site to make it far quicker for YOU to locate what you want to find.
Photo credit: mbevis