Tennis, the start from Monday to Montecarlo
This week it is played in Houston and Marrakech (with Fognini, Fabbiano and Sonego, released from qualifying) but Djokovic, Nadal and Thiem start in Europe. Federer returns in May in Madrid. Women: Paolini ok
The ATP circuit is preparing to launch the mini season on the red with the first two tournaments in Houston and Marrakech. In Europe they will arrive only from next Monday with the classic Monte Carlo appointment where the main favorites will be Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem, in addition to the two luxury outsiders like Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Rafa will try to win at the Country Club for the 12th time in the last 15 editions.
The only trophies that escaped him from 2005 onwards were those of 2013 (victory for Djokovic), 2014 (victory for Wawrinka) and 2015 (victory for Djokovic). Then there will be Barcelona (with Nadal, Djokovic, Nishikori and Tsitsipas) and at the same time Budapest, from April 29 Munich and the Estoril, on May 5th the Masters 1000 of Madrid will begin with the return of Roger Federer to red and May 12 will kick off the 76th edition of the Internazionali d’Italia with the race together (for the eleventh time) Nole, Rafa and Roger. Then a bearing week with Geneva and Lyon, before the French Internationals of Roland Garros. An avalanche of points: 6000 possible only for those who should play and win all the tournaments (except Houston and Marrakech) in the next very hard 8 weeks. Meanwhile in Bogotà (Col, 230,000 and, land) 2nd round for Paolini (187): 6-2 3-6 6-4 to Di Lorenzo (Usa, 172).
On the eve of this tour de force, the situation in the standings is unchanged from Federer’s victory in Miami. Djokovic leads with 11070 points, Nadal is second at 8725, Zverev third with 6040, Federer fourth with 5590 and Thiem fifth with 4765. Follow Nishikori, Anderson, Tsitsipas, Del Potro and Isner, tenth and last of the top 10 with 3085 points. The first two blues of the world ranking are always Marco Cecchinato (n ° 16 with 2021 points) and Fabio Fognini (n ° 18 with 1885 points); Seppi follows from the number 47 position and Berrettini from the number 54. The last Italian top 100 is Thomas Fabbiano number 94. Among women continues the balance with 6 players enclosed in less than 1000 points. Always commands Naomi Osaka on Simona Halep (5967 points of the Japanese against the 5782 of the Romanian); third seat for Petra Kvitova, fourth for Karolina Pliskova, fifth for Angelique Kerber and sixth for Elina Svitolina who has 5020 points. Also among the top 10 also Kiki Bertens, Sloane Stephens, Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka. The only blue top 100 remains Camila Giorgi, number 30 in the world.
2 – Atp tournaments of the week: played on the red earth of Houston and on that of Marrakech.
1 – the top 40 involved in Houston: the number 1 on the scoreboard is the American Steve Johnson, number 39 of the world.
1 – the Azzurri competing in Houston: the only one in the race is Paolo Lorenzi who waits for a qualified tennis player in the first round.
1 – the top 10 competing in Marrakech: seeded No. 1 is the German Alexander Zverev, number 3 in the world.
3 – the Italian competing in Marrakech: Fabio Fognini, number 2 of the draw, awaits the Czech Jiri Vesely in the first round, while Thomas Fabbiano instead makes his debut against the French Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The third will be Lorenzo Sonego who beat the Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-4 7-5 in the last qualifying round.
2 – the sets necessary for Madison Keys to overcome Caroline Wozniacki in the final in Charleston: 7-6 6-3 the score in favor of the American tennis player.
2 – the finals played in career by Madison Keys in Charleston: in 2015 he lost the final against Angelique Kerber.
4 – Wta tournaments won by Madison Keys. In 2014 he conquered Eastbourne, in 2016 Birmingham, in 2017 Stanford and in 2019 Charleston. 2011 the year of Caroline Wozniacki’s victory in Charleston.55 – the finals played in her career by Caroline Wozniacki: the Danish balance sheet is 30 tournaments won and 25 finals lost.
2 – WTA tournaments of the week: it is played on the clay of Bogotà and on that of Lugano.0 – the top 30 competing in Bogotà; the number 1 of the board is the Estonian Jelena Ostapenko, number 31 of the world.
1 – the Italians competing in Bogotà; the only one on the board is the winner of the last round of qualifications between Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini. 0 tp 20 in the race in Lugano; the number 1 on the board is the Swiss Belinda Bencic, number 21 of the world.
0 – the Italians competing in Lugano by right of classification: Giulia Gatto Monticone and Martina Di Giuseppe are involved in the last round of the qualifications. FINALS – Positive meeting in Rome between ATP and Federtennis on the organization of Finals in Turin in the five-year period 2021- 2025. The technical details for the new surety required for the tournament would have been finalized. In the near future there could be the final choice for the Piedmontese capital
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