Paris Masters 2023 Preview: When is it, who is playing and what is the prize money?
The Paris Masters are the final Masters 1000 tournament of the year, and Novak Djokovic is returning to challenge for a record seventh title in the French capital.
You can discover all the information about the blockbuster event here, at Tennishead:
When are the Paris Masters 2023?
The main draw of the Paris Masters begins on Monday 30th October, concluding with both the singles and doubles finals on Sunday 5th November.
Action will get underway for the day session at 11am local time (10am GMT), with the night session starting no earlier than 7:30pm Paris time (6:30pm GMT).
Qualifying is taking place over the remainder of this weekend (Saturday 28th October and Sunday 29th October).
— ROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) October 8, 2023
Where are the Paris Masters held?
The Paris Masters have been hosted at the AccorHotels Arena, originally known as the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, since 1986.
It is a multi-purpose venue and possesses three indoor hard courts, with Central Court holding a capacity of 14,000.
Who is playing at the Paris Masters 2023?
The Paris Masters are headlined by the return of world No.1 and six-time champion Novak Djokovic, who has not competed since the Davis Cup Finals Group Stage in mid-September.
He will be challenged by second seed Carlos Alcaraz, who revealed that he is ‘feeling better every day’ after withdrawing from the Swiss Indoors due to a plantar fascia in the Spaniard’s left foot and muscle fatigue in his lower back.
Unfortunately I will not be able to play in Basel this year! 🥲 I have a problem with the plantar fascia in my left foot and muscle fatigue in my lower back which need treatment so I can play the rest of the season. I hope to see you all soon! pic.twitter.com/44MvsjQDVn
— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) October 18, 2023
Alcaraz will be hoping to at least better the 24-time Grand Slam champion in Paris, as he eyes the year-end No.1 spot.
Also in the draw is defending champion Holger Rune, who is beginning his new partnership with three-time Paris Masters champion Boris Becker.
Murray will have his work cut out for him though, as he has drawn up against 13th seed Alex de Minaur in the first round, with the Brit narrowly losing their most recent meeting in Beijing after having three match points.
The full 2023 #RolexParisMasters men's singles draw.
Thoughts? 👀 pic.twitter.com/yXKtRNjsB8
— ROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) October 27, 2023
Wildcards have been awarded to an all French lineup of Luca Van Assche, Richard Gasquet, Alexandre Muller and Benjamin Bonzi.
Here is the full singles entry list:
|Seed||Name||Seeding Ranking||Entry Ranking|
|13||Alex de Minaur||13||11|
|Alejandro Davidovich Fokina||26||25|
|Tomas Martin Etcheverry||32||31|
|Roberto Bautista Agut||48||40|
|(WC) Luca Van Assche||63|
|(WC) Richard Gasquet||69|
|(WC) Alexandre Muller||84|
|(WC) Benjamin Bonzi||87|
|Gael Monfils||89||35 (PR)|
How many ranking points are on offer at the Paris Masters?
This is the last big chance for those wanting to gain crucial ranking points to gain qualification to the ATP Finals, with only three places remaining for the singles event.
Here is a breakdown of the ranking points on offer in Paris:
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64||Q||Q2||Q1|
What is the prize money at the Paris Masters 2023?
The total prize pot at the Paris Masters is €5,779,335, and here is a breakdown of that:
|Event||W||F||SF||QF||Round of 16||Round of 32||Round of 64|
Previous winners of the Paris Masters
Holger Rune beat Novak Djokovic in a thrilling final in Paris last year, to win his first and only Masters 1000 title to date.
And the Serb will be looking for revenge as he eyes a record seventh title, with his sights also set on finishing the year as world No.1 for an eighth time.
Here are the last 10 singles and doubles champions at the Paris Masters:
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2013||Novak Djokovic (2)||Bob Bryan (3) & Mike Bryan (3)|
|2014||Novak Djokovic (3)||Bob Bryan (4) & Mike Bryan (4)|
|2015||Novak Djokovic (4)||Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo|
|2016||Andy Murray||Henri Kontinen & John Peers|
|2017||Jack Sock||Lukasz Kubot & Marcelo Melo (2)|
|2018||Karen Khachanov||Marcelo Granollers & Rajeev Ram|
|2019||Novak Djokovic (5)||Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut|
|2020||Daniil Medvedev||Felix Auger-Aliassime & Hubert Hurkacz|
|2021||Novak Djokovic (6)||Tim Puetz & Michael Venus|
|2022||Holger Rune||Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof|
Interesting facts about the Paris Masters
With the Paris Masters debuting all the way back in 1969, there is a lot of history at the tournament and here are some interesting facts for you:
Most singles titles: Novak Djokovic (6)
Most doubles titles: Bob and Mike Bryan (4)
Oldest Champion: Novak Djokovic (34) in 2021
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker (18) in 1986
Lowest-Ranked Champion: Tomas Berdych (No.50) in 2005
Last Home Champion: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008
Most Match Wins: Novak Djokovic (45)
Where can you watch the Paris Masters 2023?
You can watch the Paris Masters exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and on Tennis TV worldwide.
For more information on how to watch the final Masters 1000 event of the year in your location, click here to visit the ATP website.
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