Stretching from January to November, across four different surfaces. the weekly ATP Tour reaches every continent on the planet.
ATP tournaments are grouped into four different categories. The highlights of the season are the four Grand Slams - the Australian Open (January), the French Open (May), Wimbledon (June) and the US Open (August) and so it has been since the start of the Open Era. Nothing captures the imagination quite like the slams, each steeped in their own history and traditions and winning one is the ambition of every professional out there.
After that you’ve got the Masters 1000 events, a series of nine tournaments starting in the Californian desert in March (Indian Wells) and finishing under the spotlights of the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in November. Along with the slams, these are the only events which (barring injury) are guaranteed attract the world’s finest stars.
Then you have the 11 ATP 500 events which crop up every so often on the calendar, in locations as diverse as Acapulco and Valencia. With 500 ranking points at stake for the champion, these often offer rich pickings those in and around the top ten.
To complete the calendar, there’s the ordinary ATP 250 tournaments which take place week-in, week-out from small-town America to the bustling streets of Casablanca. Fields vary depending on the cash a tournament has at hand to stump up the appearance fees necessary to lure the elite. With that knowledge it’s hardly surprising that the vast cash reserves of events like Doha always succeed in attracting members of the top five.
The ATP season climaxes with the ATP World Tour Finals, an season-ending extravaganza in which the world’s top eight battle it out for one of the most glittering crowns in the sport.