From January to November, from Auckland to Washington, D.C., the best in men's tennis battle for supremacy on every surface.
With pride, prestige, ranking points and prize money on the line day in and day out, as well as the chance to qualify among the elite eight for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Final, the best players in the world are in action for 11 months of the year at almost 70 events played across Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India, New Zealand and North America.
It's never been a better time to be a fan of men's tennis. Not only is the world of tennis ruled by a powerful quartet of all-time greats - the 'Big Four' of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - but there's a rising generation of burgeoning new stars aiming to supplant them. And you can watch and bet on this war for dominance as it is played out live from around the world, with matches from each and every ATP World Tour event streamed online for your enjoyment.
No prize in men's tennis is bigger than the four Grand Slams: The Australian Open in Melbourne (January), the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris (May), iconic Wimbledon (June) and the spectacular US Open in late August-early September. Steeped in tennis history and tradition, each major has its own flavour and lifting one of those unique trophies elevates any pro to the level of greatness. Just behind the four majors come the Masters 1000 Series, nine tournaments guaranteed to feature the best in men's tennis, followed by 13 500-level events and nearly 40 250 events.
Everybody wants to qualify for the elite eight-man season-ending championships the World Tour Finals, held in London since 2009 in November, and the race to London begins on the stroke of the New Year as top players compete in events in Brisbane, Doha, Sydney and Auckland to tune up their games ahead of the Australian Open.
In February, the tour divides, with some players heading to South America for the 'Golden Swing' with clay-court events in Quito, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, while others opt for the indoor hard courts of Europe or the outdoor hard-courts of the Middle East and the USA, highlighted by 500 events in Rotterdam, Acapulco and Dubai. March is all about the back-to-back Masters 1000 Series events at Indian Wells in the Californian desert and Miami in sunny Florida, with players competing to complete the 'Sunshine Double'.
April and May are all about European clay, with a trio of Masters 1000 Series events held in the historic locations of Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome as well as 500 events in Barcelona and Munich and a cluster of 250 events, all leading up to Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam of the year fought out under the eyes of the passionate Parisian crowd.
There's no time to catch your breath after the French Open, because June sees the short but intense grass-court season highlighted by 500 events in Halle and at the historic Queen's Club in London before Wimbledon, tennis's most prestigious and iconic event, takes place at the All-England Club in late June and early July.
While some players return to clay after Wimbledon for events in Hamburg, Bastad, Geneva and more, the US Open is the next big event on everybody's minds and the ATP World Tour begins to build to the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year with a series of events on the outdoor hard courts of north America. Back-to-back Masters 1000 Series events in Toronto/Montreal and Cincinnati are the key battlegrounds of August, with other events in Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Winston-Salem before the best in men's tennis head to New York for the US Open.
After the Grand Slams are done for the year it's all about Asia, with 500 events in Tokyo and Beijing leading up to the spectacle of the Shanghai Masters, before the ATP World Tour heads back to Europe and indoor hard-courts with Basel, Vienna, Valencia and St Petersburg among the biggest stops on the tour's way to the Paris Masters, played indoors under the lights at the Palais Omnisports. These events often see a last-minute scramble to secure places at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, an eight-man elite event which brings the ATP World Tour season to a glittering climax in November.