Tennis: Tournament Watch Week 15

It’s all about Monte Carlo as the first clay Masters 1000 event sets the scene for the Road to Roland Garros. For the women, it is the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers weekend, where winning nations will advance to the 2022 Finals.

10 April        ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo        Monaco
15 AprilBillie Jean King Cup QualifiersVarious

ATP Monte Carlo

Playground of the rich and famous, not to mention home to plenty of tennis players including one in particular. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is back and makes his return to a highly fragmented tour for the Serbian.

Djokovic has played just one tournament this year after te Australian debacle and had to skip the US spring hard-court swing as their restrictions on unvaccinated visitors would not waiver for the 20-time Grand Slam winner.

There is no Rafael Nadal in the line-up but with wonder-kid Carlos Alcaraz set for a potential quarter-final clash, frankly who cares! It would be a great match-up as the ATP tour finally starts to measure up for who might be worthy of the mantle left by the Big Three.

Billie Jean King Cup

Some solid tennis should also be on show this weekend as some of the strongest tennis nations go head-to-head. Newly minted World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has just won three WTA 1000 events on the spin, including becoming just the fourth woman to win the Sunshine Double of Indian Wells and Miami. 

One of the more poignant line-ups will be USA v Ukraine, who will be without the injured Elina Svitolina.

Emma Raducanu will lead Great Britain as their number one player for the first time, and is very much in need of wins for confidence, against a strong Czech team.

Other big hitters in action will be Angelique Kerber (Germany), Leylah Fernandez (Canada) and Paula Badosa (Spain) so check after nominations are made for last minute betting.