Tennis: Tournament Watch Week 14

It’s clay – but not as we know it!

We are not quite in Europe yet with the clay court season starting a few far flung places – but rest assured, the Road to Roland Garros has begun.

4 AprilWTA 500 Charleston        USA
4 AprilWTA 250 BogotaColombia
4 AprilATP 250 HoustonUSA
4 AprilATP 250 MarrakechMorocco

WTA Charleston

Arguably the biggest hitting field this week, with Aryna Sabalenka leading it, and some high class names in action on the disturbingly grey-green surface in Charleston that purports to be clay! Featuring four Top 10 players and three former champions, several players will be looking to get a head start on the clay after maybe not fulfilling their promised early on in the season.

One to watch will be Paula Badosa – this was where she started her breakthrough last year. She has proved that she was not a flash in the pan, so expect a strong showing from the Spaniard.

WTA Bogota

On clay that looks a bit more traditional (albeit in Colombia) home hope Maria Camila Osario Serrano has been bouncing right up the rankings this year, fuelled by her run this season to the Monterrey final, and she returns to defend her maiden WTA title this year on her homeland. 

ATP Houston

With the late withdrawal of Miami runner-up Casper Ruud, Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz is the highest seed with a US heavy field – oh and Nick Kyrgios. He has often been vocal on his distaste for the dust, so expect more fun and games from the Aussie as he deals with his least favourite surface.

ATP Marrakech

Felix Auger-Aliassime has finally seemed to click this season. So long a crowd-pleaser, but at times struggling to make right court choices, he picked up a maiden title, and seems to finally be carrying the flag for Canadian tennis. He will head up the field in Marrakech and will have Britain’s chirpy Dan Evans at the other side of the draw. Plenty of very solid European clay courters are in this field and this tournament could be the better springboard when the clay court season advances to Europe.