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Monte Carlo Masters – Three Guys to Watch Closely

With the Monte Carlo Masters now in full swing, there are a few names that tennis fans need to be keeping an eye on. Of course, the Monte Carlo Masters is the first of the bigger events for the European clay-court swing. This is step number one on the road to Roland Garros, and it’s always an exciting event to tune in for. However, it goes without saying that certain players really come into their own once the clay court season begins.

For that reason, I’d like to highlight three players who I feel could do extremely well at the Monte Carlo Masters this year. All of these guys are discussed below.

Carlos Alcaraz

The man of the moment right now is Carlos Alcaraz. He is arguably the most exciting prospect of the next generation. And he has recently proven what he is capable of by winning his first 1000 event in Miami. For me, he is a player that has the full package. But with that being said, I really am eager to see what he can now do on the clay courts at the highest level. Sure, he has performed well on clay in the past.

Alcaraz

 

But right now, we are seeing Carlos Alcaraz the man, instead of Carlos Alcaraz the young challenger. So for me, he is certainly one to watch in Monte Carlo. With that said, he could face Djokovic in the round of 16, which would be a mouthwatering contest, to say the least.

Casper Ruud

As it happens, Casper Ruud is another young gun who has recently performed incredibly well on the big stage. He actually made the final of the Miami 1000 event before losing to the man I’ve just mentioned, Carlos Alcaraz. But unlike Carlos Alcaraz, Ruud has proven in the past that he is a truly terrific clay court player. At the time of writing, Ruud has 7 ATP titles to his name, and amazingly – 6 of these were clay court events. 

Casper Ruud is currently enjoying his highest ranking ever too, at number 7 in the world. He is a true force to be reckoned with on the dirt, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does great things in Monte Carlo.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Last but not least, I had to mention Stefanos Tsitsipas. In case you’d forgotten, Tsitsipas actually won his first Masters 1000 event at the 2021 Monte Carlo tournament. During this feat, he took down guys such as Rublev, Davidovich-Fokina, Dan Evans, and a couple of other big names too. Of course, winning a Masters 1000 event is huge for any player. But Tsitsipas didn’t revel in this victory for too long. 

He backed up the season by reaching the final of the French Open, losing to Djokovic in five sets after taking a 2-0 lead. For me, he is undeniably one of the best clay-court players in the game. He has the hands, he hits heavy from the baseline, and he is a hell of a fighter. 

About the author

Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.

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