What’s Next in Men’s Tennis? Part 2

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In this post we will cover the remaining tournaments that are the 14 biggest and most prestigious tournaments of 2010 in men’s tennis. Tournaments 1 to 5 were covered in part 1 of this series (click this link to read part 1-> What’s Next on the 2010 Men’s Tour?).

The following is a run down on the next 9 major tournaments in 2010, where they will be played and when the top players will be there competing. This list is in date order and the starting date is the first day of qualifying for each event.

  1. The Australian Open
  2. Indian Wells
  3. Miami
  4. Monte-Carlo
  5. Rome
  6. Madrid
  7. Roland Garros
  8. Wimbledon
  9. Toronto
  10. Cincinnati
  11. The US Open
  12. Shanghai
  13. Paris
  14. ATP World Tour Finals

Madrid is the 5th of 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Where: Madrid in Spain. This year this event is called the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open and is held at the new Magic Box Tennis Venue. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and it will be played on clay courts. When: May 7 to 16.

Roland Garros is the 2ndof 4 Grand Slams in 2010

Roland Garros is often called the French Open and it is held in Paris, France at Stade Roland Garros. The centre court is called Court Philippe Chartrier. The singles main draw had 128 players in it will be played on clay courts. When: May 18 to June 6.

Wimbledon is the 3rd of 4 Grand Slams in 2010

Wimbledon is often called The Championships and it is held in Wimbledon, Great Britain at the All England Club. The centre court is simply called The Centre Court. The singles main draw had 128 players in it will be played on natural grass courts. When: June 14 to July 4.

Toronto is the 6th of 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Where: Toronto in Canada. This year this event is called the Rogers Cup and is held at the Rexall Centre, York University. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and it will be played on hard courts. When: August 7 to 15.

Cincinnati is the 7th of 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Where: Cincinnati in the USA. This year this event is called the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters and is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and it will be played on hard courts. When: August 15 to 22.

The US Open is the last of the 4 Grand Slams in 2010

The US Open is often called The Open and is held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City, USA at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The centre court is called Arthur Ashe Stadium. The singles main draw had 128 players in it will be played on hard courts. When: August 24 to September 12.

Shanghai is the 8th of 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. Where: Shanghai in China. This year this event is called the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 and is held at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center. The singles main draw will have 56 players in it and it will be played on hard courts. When: October 9 to 17.

Paris is the 9th and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in 2010. Where: Paris in France. This year this event is called the BNP Paribas Masters and is held at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. The singles main draw will have 48 players in it and it will be played on indoor hard courts. When: November 6 to 14.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is the season ending championship play off’s for the ATP World Tour in 2010. Where: London in Great Britain. This event is the end of year championships for the ATP Tour and only 8 players can qualify to participate in the Round Robin event, which then has semi finals and a final. This event is held at the O2 Arena and it will be played on indoor hard courts. When: November 21 to 28.

Pictured above is Novak Djokovic playing a defensive forehand ground stroke. Djokovic who moved up to his highest career ranking of No.2 after the Australian Open. The 22 year old Serbian will need to perform much better than last year in the next 2 Grand Slams to overtake Federer as the World No.1.

Last year Djokovic lost in the 3rd round at the French Open and the quarter finals at Wimbledon collecting just 450 ATP ranking points from those 2 events out of a possible 4,000. Whereas Federer has to win both just to retain the same ranking points tally!

Each tournament seeks sponsors, especially title sponsors who buy the naming rights of the tournament. This means that the name of each tournament can and does change. To make it easier to follow, we will often use a term for each tournament that allows you to identify that particular tournament regardless of whether these tournaments change their names.

For the 14 major tournaments listed above, the terms we use are:

  1. Australian Open
  2. Indian Wells Open
  3. Miami Open
  4. Monte-Carlo Open
  5. Rome Open
  6. Madrid Open
  7. Roland Garros
  8. Wimbledon
  9. Canadian Open
  10. Cincinnati Open
  11. US Open
  12. China Open
  13. Paris Open
  14. ATP Tour Finals

For further information about these tournaments and how the men’s tennis tour works, read these links on this tennis website -> Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #1 and Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #2.

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