This Week On The ATP Tour – CW09

STARNBERG, February 24, 2020

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic headlines a stacked draw at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The World No. 1, making his first visit to the ATP 500 event since 2016, is joined in Dubai by Top 10 stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Gael Monfils.

In his first tournament since lifting a record-extending eighth Australian Open trophy, Djokovic will be aiming to capture his first title in Dubai since 2013. The 32-year-old is joined in the top half of the draw by Monfils, who enters the event on a nine-match winning streak after title runs in Montpellier and Rotterdam.

Marseille champion Tsitsipas is bidding to go one step further than his runner-up finish in Dubai last year. The reigning Nitto ATP Finals titlist shares the bottom half of the draw with fourth seed Fabio Fognini. 2018 champion Roberto Bautista Agut, in-form Andrey Rublev, Karen Khachanov and Benoit Paire round out the seeds.

ATP Tour returns to Mexico

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal will attempt this week to add to his 15-2 record at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC. Making his fifth appearance in Acapulco, the top seed returns to action for the first time since his run to the Australian Open quarter-finals last month.

Nadal is joined by a stellar line-up at the ATP 500 event. Last year’s runner-up Alexander Zverev, 2012 semi-finalist Stan Wawrinka and 2014 champion Grigor Dimitrov are all in action in Mexico. Defending champion Nick Kyrgios also returns to Acapulco in search of his seventh ATP Tour trophy.

Marseille runner-up Felix Auger-Aliassime, 15-time ATP Tour champion John Isner and Serbian Dusan Lajovic also feature at the ATP 500 Tournament of the Year in the 2019 ATP Tour Awards.

South American clay-court swing continues in Chile

Home favourite Cristian Garin leads the way at the Chile Dove Men+Care Open in Santiago, as the ATP Tour returns to Chile for the first time since 2014. After picking up trophies in Cordoba and Rio de Janeiro, the top seed will be keen to continue his fine ‘Golden Swing’ form in the Chilean capital.

Buenos Aires champion Casper Ruud will attempt to bounce back from a first-round loss in Rio de Janeiro. The highest-ranked Norwegian in FedEx ATP Rankings history will be joined in the bottom half of the draw by third seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Top 5 seeds Pablo Cuevas and Juan Ignacio Londero are in the top half with Garin.