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The great tennis tournament on clay returns, from 9 to 17 April

Tennis addicts heaved a sigh of relief when it was announced, following the cancellation of last year’s event, that the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters 2022 would be taking place, albeit behind closed doors.

From 9 to 17 April, one of the most important red clay tournaments is indeed back. It’s also one of the oldest tournaments, founded in 1897 and, since 1928, held at the elegant Monte Carlo Country Club, overlooking the sea of the Côte d’Azur. This is the first of the prestigious ATP Tour Masters, disputed in Monaco, Spain, Italy, France, Canada, the United States and China.

Many legendary games have been fought on these historic courts. From the rise of Nicola Pietrangeli, Italian’s greatest ever tennis star, to the domination of Ilie Nastase and Bjorn Borg in the 70s and 80s and Thomas Muster in the 90s, right up to the era of Rafael Nadal, who holds the record for wins at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, with eight consecutive singles titles from 2005 to 2012; not forgetting classic challengers like Novak Djokovic, who dethroned him in 2013, only to see the Spaniard regain the title between 2016 and 2018.

And Nadal will be one of the greats on court this year too, along with the current title holder, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Contenders will include all 10 of the world’s top players, and 18 of the top 20. To name a few, Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and the Italians Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini – who won the tournament in 2019, taking the Italian flag to the top step of the podium for the first time in 50 years – and Jannik Sinner.

Sparks will fly. And if you don’t want to miss anything, follow the tournament on Eurosport, Sky Sport Arena, Sky Sport Uno and streaming on NOW.