Monte Carlo Masters 2022 Tournament Preview
The first clay Masters 1000 tournament of 2022 is almost upon us as the ATP tour gears up for the European clay swing! What can you look forward to at this year’s Monte Carlo Masters?
The Monte Carlo Masters will be back to nearly complete normalcy this year as for the first time since 2019 crowds will be permitted at the prestigious tournament.
Top 10 pros like Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud will feature while burgeoning stars Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner also take part.
Join Tennishead for an in-depth preview of the 115th edition of the tournament. When does action get underway, who is entered to compete, how can you watch all the action live on TV and what exciting match-ups might you see over the course of the tournament?
The Rolex Monte Carlo Masters 2022 main draw runs from 10-17th April.
The tournament draw is comprised of 56 players including 16 seeds, the top eight of which receive a bye into the second round.
World number two Daniil Medvedev and 11-time Monte Carlo champion Rafael Nadal are the highest-profile absences, while world number six Matteo Berrettini also withdrew as he extends his recovery from hand surgery.
Former world number three Dominic Thiem is also out after not sufficiently recovering from Covid.
However, the draw is notable for the inclusion of world number one Novak Djokovic in what will be only the Serb’s second event in 2022.
The two-time champion will be the top seed and arguable favourite to win the tournament, though his time away from competition could hamper him.
Newly-crowned Miami Open champion Carlos Alcaraz makes his Monte Carlo debut, while defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas returns too.
Where is the event held?
The tournament is played at the Monte-Carlo Country Club on outdoor clay courts.
Despite its name, the club is actually located in the commune of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France on the border of Monaco.
How to watch all the matches live on TV?
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Ranking points breakdown, Singles
Winner – 1000 points
Runner-up – 600 points
Semi-finals – 360 points
Quarter-finals – 180 points
Round of 16 – 90 points
Round of 32 – 45 points
Round of 64 – 10 points
Prize money breakdown, Singles
The 2022 Monte Carlo Masters has a total financial commitment of € 5,415,410 ($ 5,908,645) distributed as follows.
Winner – € 1,042,491 ($1,231,245)
Runner-up – € 547,059 ($646,110)
Semi-finals – € 291,251 ($343,985)
Quarter-finals – € 152,355 ($179,940)
Round of 16 – € 46,060 ($54,400)
Round of 32 – € 25,511 ($30,130)
Round of 64 – € 15,410 ($18,200)
Can I buy tickets for the tournament?
Fans will be returning to the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time since 2019 after the event was cancelled in 2020 and the 2021 tournament was played without spectators due to Covid.
Tickets can be purchased through the tournament store.
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.
Starting from the first round alone Monte Carlo throws out some excellent encounters.
2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic takes on 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a veteran showdown in the top quarter of the draw.
Hubert Hurkacz faces Gael Monfils in a match that will be sure to show plenty of forehand firepower on the country club clay.
Young flamboyant talent Lorenzo Musetti faces maverick Frenchman Benoit Paire in a match likely to cause fireworks of some sort or another.
And in the bottom quarter, returning three-time Slam champion Stan Wawrinka faces human trickshot Alexander Bublik in his first Monte Carlo match since 2019.
Looking beyond the first round, Djokovic and Dan Evans could meet in a rematch of last year in the third round, where the Serb would be looking to avenge his shock defeat to the Brit from 2021.
Should Sebastian Korda down Botic van de Zandschulp he would set up a meeting with Miami Open champion Carlos Alcaraz in a repeat of the Next Gen ATP Finals from the end of last year.
Further on, Djokovic and Alcaraz could meet for the very first time in what would be a cracker of a quarter-final.
Lorenzo Sonego and 2019 champion Fabio Fognini could do battle in an all-Italian last 16 match in the third quarter.
Finally, should Wawrinka or Bublik progress to the third round they could take on world number three Alexander Zverev for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Projected quarter-finals by seeding
Djokovic vs Alcaraz
Ruud vs Norrie
Auger-Aliassime vs Tsitsipas
Rublev vs Zverev
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