It is that time of the year again, 13 tournaments, across three continents make up for one of the most exciting spells of the season. The 2017 clay court swing, is about to begin..
It all kicks off with 2 ATP World Tour 250 events, in Houston and Marrakesh. Last year, Juan Monaco triumphed States side, while Federico Delbonis picked up the crown in Morocco. Week 2 on the clay, and all the eyes turn to Monaco, for the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. The first ATP World Tour 1000 tournament of the year on the red dirt, and Rafael Nadal will be back eyeing up, yet another milestone.
The following week, and 2 more tournaments take center stage, in Barcelona and Budapest. In Spain, one of the country’s favourite sons, will be hoping for yet more success. At the same time, 2017 will see a brand new event in Budapest. The Hungarian Open, attracting an exciting field for its inaugural events this year.
On to May, and the actions keep coming. Munich, Estoril & Istanbul, are next up. In Munich, home fans will be eager for another German winner, after Philip Kohlschreiber last year. A strong field is expected in Estoril, where Nicolas Almagro is the defending champion, and, over in Turkey, the holder is Diego Schwartzman.
There’s more from Spain, the following week, at the Mutua Madrid Open. The second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events on the red dirt, won last year by Novak Djokovic. Rome, then steps into the spotlight, as ever. The Int’l BNL de Italia will attract the world’s best. There was a huge moment for Andy Murray, last time out.
2 ATP World Tour 250 tournaments make up for the penultimate week of the swing. The focus falls on Geneva and Lyon. 2016 saw Stan Wawrinka, delight the home fans in Switzerland. Same week, this year, we are back in Lyon, the tournament returning as a clay court event, with some big names lined up.
Then comes the fitting finale, the season’s second Grand Slam, Roland Garros. Djokovic made history last year, the Serb securing his place amongst the great spikes by completing the career Grand Slam at the French Open. And with so many stories lined in 2017, the clay court swing, should be very special.