Maybe one of the poorest weeks on the tennis calendar… next to the week AFTER Wimbledon. Tour stops in Antalya, Turkey and Eastbourne, England have generally failed to attract big names in recent years.
The true warm-up events for Wimbledon get underway this week. Two 500 level events, run concurrently, attract all the big names as they are perfectly situated to get ready for the grass Slam.
Grass season is finally here. It’s short and sweet. Six tournaments over three weeks in the lead-up to Wimbledon — almost no one plays more than two of the three weeks and everyone’s eyes are on the first week of July.
The Rafa Open is finally here. The second Slam of the season, the only clay court slam on tour and the roughly half-way point of the season. Oh, sorry, I meant the French Open.
It’s almost French Open time. The last things to accomplish before Roland Garros are two 250 events in Geneva, Switzerland and Lyon, France.
The last of the clay court Masters Series events, the final warm up to the French Open gets underway this week in Rome, Italy.
The clay season is in FULL swing. We’re in the heart of it now with the Masters 1000 in Madrid; the first of two back-to-back Masters and the first of three monster events in four weeks.
Estoril draws seven top 30 players this week despite being a tournament that is only four years old. Meanwhile Munich, always has a strong field, being in one of Germany’s most populous cities, the heart of a tennis playing nation.
The clay season is in high gear. Monte Carlo is in the background now and we’re gunning for Madrid. The first steps to the bull ring are Budapest and Barcelona.
After a couple of warm-up events in Houston and Morocco the Tour head to Europe for the true clay season. Six weeks of lead-up to the crown jewel in Roland Garros.
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.