With the summer fast approaching, the lawn tennis season is nearly upon us. However, before grass there was clay, and before clay we have the hard court season.
Masters 1000 Series
The BNP Paribas Open, at Indian Wells in California, and the Sony Open Tennis in Miami are the first hard court tournaments in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series. These 9 tournaments are the most prestigious, after the 4 Grand Slams and ATP Finals, and will earn the players even more ranking points than regular tournaments.
The Masters series began in 1990, and since then Rafael Nadal holds the record for the most singles titles throughout his career with 26 from this series. FACT: No man has ever won all 9 singles titles during their career. Novak Djokovic is the current record holder with 8 out of the 9 titles, but with both him and Nadal holding the record for 5 titles in a year, could that all change?
These Masters are in the run up to the Davis Cup semi finals and have over 300,000 fans visiting over the 2 week period for both tournaments in sun soaked March. The Davis Cup quarter finals are taking place on the 1st weekend of April in 2014 with 8 countries having battled through to get here. The below matches will be tense with some of the world’s top 10 ranked players playing in their home team:
- Japan v Czech Republic
- France v Germany
- Italy v Great Britain
- Switzerland v Kazakhstan
The Swiss team have the almighty Federer and world number 3 Wawrinka, who will be battling for revenge after losing 5-0 at the only meeting Switzerland and Kazakhstan have ever had.
Gasquet and Tonga, who are ranked 9th and 10th, could be carrying France to the semi finals against Germany; Berdych heads up the Czech team as they travel to Japan and will Andy Murray lead Great Britain to victory? It’s all to play for, but who do you want to win?
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