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The 2022 ATP Masters 1000 Guide

When and where will the ATP Masters 1000 take place in 2022? What tournaments can Novak Djokovic take part in? Who has won the most Masters titles? The Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open is the first Masters 1000 of the season and will be followed by the Miami Open. The season then moves on to clay and the Monte-Carlo Masters, where Djokovic could play alongside Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

The first ATP 1000 Masters of the season is taking place in Indian Wells, with eight more scheduled for 2022. These prestigious tournaments are the highest-ranking tournaments outside of the four Grand Slam tournaments and typically feature all the top players. of the circuit. Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas all won a Masters title last season and will try to do the same this time around.

When are the Masters 1000 tournaments in 2022?

  • March 23 to April 3: Miami Open (hard court)
  • April 4-10: Monte-Carlo Masters (clay)
  • May 1-8: Madrid Open (clay)
  • May 8-15: Italian Open (clay)
  • August 7-14: Canadian Open, Montreal (hard court)
  • August 14-21: Cincinnati Masters (hard court)
  • October 9-16: Shanghai Masters (hard court)
  • October 31 – November 6: Paris Masters (on hard court)

Who are the defending champions?

There have been seven different Masters champions in 2021, only Zverev (Madrid and Cincinnati) has won 2. Hubert Hurkacz will be the defending champion in Miami after beating Jannik Sinner in the final last year.

Djokovic will not take part in the tournament as he still cannot travel to the United States due to his non-vaccination against Covid-19. Nadal will also sit out the tournament as he focuses on preparing for the clay-court season and his bid to win a record-breaking 22nd Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.

The first clay-court Masters of the season will take place in Monte-Carlo, where Tsitsipas will be the defending champion. Djokovic could return to the tournament after France changed their vaccination rules. 11-time champion Nadal is also expected to feature and Dominic Thiem could make his appearance for the first time since June after recovering from a wrist injury. The British number 2 beat Djokovic in Monte-Carlo in 2021 and was a semi-finalist last year, where he lost to Tsitsipas.

Zverev beat Evans, Nadal and Thiem to win the 2021 Madrid Masters. The German, who escaped a lengthy suspension for hitting the referee’s chair at the Mexican Open in February, is hoping for another good performance in the Spanish capital, where the high altitude can make the clay court faster than elsewhere.

The last clay-court Masters of the season will take place in Rome, where Nadal beat Djokovic in the final last year. Nadal has won the tournament a record 10 times and will no doubt be the favorite again. The 2022 French Open will start a week after the conclusion of the Italian Open on May 22.

The Canada Open alternates from year to year between the cities of Montreal and Toronto. This year, the ATP tournament will take place in Montreal and Medvedev hopes to defend the title he won in Toronto in 2021. The Canada Open is the first major stop on the circuit after Wimbledon, which ends on July 10.

The Cincinnati Masters, also known as the Western & Southern Open, was Zverev’s second title at the 2021 Masters. The world No. 3 beat Tsitsipas in the semifinals and Andrey Rublev in the final. The tournament serves as preparation for the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, which begins in New York on August 29.

The Shanghai Masters has not been held since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is back on the schedule this year, along with three other ATP events in China, unlike the WTA Tour, which suspended events in the country due to concerns over the treatment of former doubles players Peng Shuai.

The Asian tour will begin with the Chengdu Open on September 26, the day after the conclusion of the Laver Cup, which will be held in London. Two ATP 500 tournaments – the China Open and the Japan Open – will begin on October 3 ahead of the Shanghai Masters, which was won by Medvedev in 2019.

The last Masters of the season will take place in Paris. Djokovic beat Medvedev in the final in 2021 to get some revenge for his loss in the US Open final a few months earlier. This is the last opportunity for players to earn ranking points before the ATP Finals, which begin in Turin on November 13.

Where will Djokovic play?

It looks like Djokovic, who played his first tournament of the year in Dubai in February, will be able to return to competition at the Monte-Carlo Masters. “Novak will open his 2022 season on clay in Monte-Carlo, where he won the Masters 1000 title twice, in 2013 and 2015”could we read in early March on its official website.

The French government recently lifted the vaccination pass which requires vaccination against Covid-19. This means that Djokovic also seems free to play Roland-Garros. It is not known whether he will be able to play the Madrid Open or the Italian Open. Spain has changed its rules so that anyone who has not been vaccinated but has recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months can now enter the country. Djokovic tested positive in December.

In Italy, either a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery from Covid infection is required, but these rules could change in the coming months. The Canadian Open, Western & Southern Open and Shanghai Masters are currently excluded as these three countries require travelers to be vaccinated. Djokovic could play the Paris Masters if the French rules remain the same.

Where will Nadal and Murray play?

Nadal won’t be playing the Miami Open to ensure he’s in the best possible physical shape ahead of the clay-court season. He is expected to play all of the Masters on clay, but he may miss out on more hard-court tournaments later in the year. Nadal hasn’t played the Canada Open since 2019 and hasn’t played the Western & Southern Open or the Shanghai Masters since 2017.

Murray will miss the clay season and instead focus on training work with coach Ivan Lendl, who has joined his team for the third time. He is a three-time Canadian Open winner but has not played since he last lifted the trophy in 2015. He has also only played in Shanghai and Paris once each since 2016, largely due to injury issues.

Who has won the most Masters?

Djokovic holds the all-time record with 37 Masters titles, one more than Nadal. Roger Federer has won 28 of them.

Djokovic is also the only player in history to win all nine events and has done so at least twice after winning the Western & Southern Open for the second time in 2020.

When are the ATP Finals?

The 2022 ATP Finals will be held in Turin, Italy, for the second consecutive year, after moving from London.

The event features the top eight singles and doubles players of the season and was won by Zverev in 2021. It will start on November 13 and be followed by the Davis Cup Finals.

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