With less than a month to go before the annual festivities at Roland Garros, we reach the midst of the clay court season in early May as players look to hone their skills ahead of the big one in Paris.
Fresh from their exploits in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, the players on the ATP Tour enter two Masters 100 tournaments in quick succession. Later this month comes the Italian Open in Rome, but first we arrive at the Mutua Madrid Open.
Action in the main draw begins on Monday.
Mutua Madrid Open:
Location: La Caja Mágica (“The Magic Box'”), Park Manzanares, Madrid, Spain.
Founded: 2002 (16th edition)
Prize fund: €5,719,660
2017 dates: 5th-14th May, 7th-14th May (main draw).
Defending 2016 champion: Novak Djokovic
Most titles: Rafael Nadal (4)
Points breakdown*: Winner – 1000, runner-up – 600, semi-finalist – 360, quarter-finalist – 180, round-of-16 – 90, round of 32 – 45, round of 64 – 25, round of 128 – 10.
(*The 16 seeded players receive a bye to the second round and automatically accumulate rankings points for that round).
|Ranking||Player||Total points||Points defending in Monte Carlo||Next best*|
(*The ATP rankings are determined by each players best 18 tournament results over the past 12 months. On account of having played more tournaments than those that are currently accounted for in the rankings, a players ‘next best’ score would replace Madrid Open points if they were a higher value after points were dropped.)
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