Nadal Set for Monte-Carlo Return

Nadal Set for Monte-Carlo Return

Nadal Set for Monte-Carlo Return

The king of clay will return aiming to regain his Monte-Carlo crown—and the season’s first clay-court Masters event will be played behind closed doors.

Eleven-time champion Rafael Nadal will lead the field for the Rlex Monte-Carlo Masters. The tournament, set for April 10-18th, will be contested without fans in accordance with Coronavirus safety protocols.

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Nine of the world’s Top 10—including world No. 1 and part-time Monte-Carlo resident Novak Djokovic and new world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev—are committed to competing in the 114th edition of the event.

Nadal withdrew from Rotterdam, Acapulco and Miami citing a back injury he sustained during the Australian hard-court swing. Monte-Carlo is set to be his first event since he fell to Stefanos Tsitsipas in last month’s Australian Open quarterfinals.

Fabio Fognini knocked Nadal out of the 2019 Monte-Carlo semifinals en route to his first Masters title. Overall, Nadal owns a 71-5 record in Monte-Carlo.

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Roger Federer, who launched his comeback to the pro circuit after a 13-month sabbatical for double knee surgery in Doha last week, is not on the entry list.

A trio of American men

—John Isner, Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka—are on the entry list for Monte-Carlo, which Americans have often avoided in recent years.

Photo credit: Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters Facebook

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