The clay season warm-up events get underway this week as the tour transitions from hard courts to the spring-summer dirt game.
Leg two of the Sunshine Double gets underway today. This will be short and sweet, because if you read last week’s preview of Indian Wells… well, it’s basically the same. A 96 person field and 95 of them played in Indian Wells.
The fifth Slam? The first leg of the Sunshine Double? The biggest Master Series event? So many options with what to call this event. It’s Indian Wells, baby!
It’s the fourth and final week of a disparate three-pronged tour before everyone re-unites under one banner in Indian Wells the first week of March.
Week three of the Golden Swing, the indoor European season, and the small tourney tour of the United States continues starting Monday.
This space has now hit outrights in all four weeks of the season, so let’s dig in and see if we can’t find a fifth.
The European indoor hard court season gets going with tournaments in Sofia, Bulgaria and Montpellier, France, while the Golden Swing gets the clay season kickstarted in South America.
Tennis season is back in a big way! The season gets its unofficial jumpstart on Sunday with the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season.
These tournaments are also held the week before a Grand Slam, so top ten ranked, big names are generally absent and crazy things can happen.