Barcelona Open 2022 Tournament Preview
The only European clay ATP 500 of the season is up and running as the very best of the men’s tour look to build their results on the red dirt ahead of the second Slam of the year in Paris.
Double Monte Carlo Masters champion Stefanos Tsitsipas leads a cohort of top talent including Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie and Carlos Alcaraz.
Join Tennishead for an extensive preview of the 69th edition of this prestigious tournament.
When is does the tournament run until, who makes up the competition draw, how can you watch all the action live on TV and what enticing showdowns might you see over the course of the event?
The main draw of the Barcelona Open 2022 runs from 18-24th April
A total of 48 players make up the singles draw, including 16 seeds, all of whom receive a bye into the second round.
Twelve-time winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal is the highest profile absence from this year’s event, though he hopes to return at the Madrid Masters.
World number five and Monte Carlo Masters champion Tsitsipas will be full of confidence after defending his maiden Masters title.
He reached the final last year before falling to Nadal in an epic final that went for nearly four hours on court.
ATP hot topic Carlos Alcaraz will make his second career appearance at the Barcelona Open after debuting at the event last year.
Miami Open finalist Casper Ruud is seeded second as he hopes to improve on his Monte Carlo Masters display to rack up results on his best surface of clay.
Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo has also bowed out from a 23-year ATP career at the event.
The world number 362 received a wildcard to retire at the same tournament where he made his ATP tour debut in 1999.
Where is the event held?
The Barcelona Open 2022 is held at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899, the oldest tennis club in Spain, on outdoor clay courts.
The tournament was first held there in 1953, with centre court now named Pista Rafa Nadal after its most prolific champion.
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Ranking points breakdown, Singles
Winner – 500 points
Runner-up – 300 points
Semi-finals – 180 points
Quarter-finals – 90 points
Round of 16 – 45 points
Round of 32 – 20 points
Round of 64 – 0 points
Prize money breakdown, Singles
This year, the Barcelona Open has a total financial commitment of € 2,802,580 ($ 3,023,799) distributed as follows for the singles.
Winner – € 467,150 ($505,426)
Runner-up – € 249,140 ($269,553)
Semi-finals – € 129,245 ($139,835)
Quarter-finals – € 67,480 ($73,009)
Round of 16 – € 35,555 ($38,468)
Round of 32 – € 19,465 ($21,060)
Round of 64 – € 10,380 ($11,230)
Can I buy tickets for the tournament?
Tickets for the Barcelona Open 2022 can be purchased through the official tournament website.
How can I follow the tournament?
Keep up to date with the event on the official website, the official Twitter, or the official ATP Tour Twitter, as well as checking out match highlight clips on Tennis TV Twitter or with a Tennis TV subscription.
Easily the most anticipated possible meeting is between top seed Tsitsipas and world number 11 Alcaraz.
The two men are the two most recent Masters 1000 champions in Monte Carlo and Miami respectively.
Alcaraz holds a 2-0 win-loss record over the Greek, those victories both coming on hard courts at the US Open and during his run to the Miami title.
Clay is seen as the best surface for both men, though Tsitsipas will surely be the more confident having won in Monte Carlo while Alcaraz went out in his first match there.
Frances Tiafoe and Felix Auger-Aliassime will meet in the third round should both men win their opening matches.
However, Sebastian Korda will be Auger-Aliassime’s likely opponent there, meaning the American could set an all US encounter with Tiafoe instead.
Alexander Bublik and Casper Ruud will meet in the third round should they also both win, though Bublik has admitted his disdain for the red dirt and could well tank his first match in Barcelona after his antics in Monte Carlo.
Projected quarter-finals by seeding
Tsitsipas (1) vs Alcaraz (5)
Norrie (4) vs de Minaur (10)
Schwartzman (6) vs Auger-Aliassime (3)
Carreno Busta (8) vs Ruud (2)
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