French Open finalist, Dominic Thiem leads the field at the Rio Open, live from Rio de Janeiro from 18-24 February.

The 2019 Rio field also includes Pablo Carreno Busta, Fabio Fognini and Fernando Verdasco, as some of the best clay-court players in the world vie for the prestigious ATP 500 title. The Rio Open is the biggest tournament in the South American Golden Swing- a mini-season of clay-court tournaments played in South America in February. The tournament is only in its sixth year, but it has been graced by some of the best players in the world, including the great Rafael Nadal, who won the inaugural edition in 2014.

RIO OPEN LIVE STREAMING

ATP Rio tennis is live from 18-24 February 2019 with play starting around 5.30pm local/7.30pm GMT. Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the matches alongside in-play betting.

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ATP RIO TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Qualifying matches will be played on 16-17 February 2019 with play starting at 5.30pm local/7.30pm GMT before main-draw play begins on Monday 24 February 2019.

Players

French Open finalist, Dominic Thiem leads the Rio field, as he attempts to claim a second title at the tournament, having won in the Brazilian city in 2017. Thiem has established himself as one of the best clay-court players in the world in the last couple of seasons- arguably second only to the great Rafael Nadal. The Austrian is the only man to have beaten Nadal on clay in each of the last two years, while eight of his 11 career titles have been on the dirt. Thiem will be looking to kick-start his season in Rio after an ordinary start to the campaign, which has yielded just one win in his three matches.

He faces a stiff challenge from last year’s winner, Diego Schwartzman, and former finalists, Fabio Fognini, Pablo Carreno Busta and Fernando Verdasco.

Schwartzman claimed his biggest career title in Rio last year, beating Verdasco in the final. The dangerous Verdasco ended Thiem’s title defence in the quarter finals last season, and even at 35-years-old, the former world No. 7 remains a dangerous presence in these ATP draws. So is the mercurial Fognini, who reached the final in 2017, and is coming off a career-best season in 2018. The Italian has made a steady start to the year, reaching the quarter finals in Auckland and the third round of the Australian Open.

Also in the field is former world No. 10, Pablo Carreno Busta, who made the fourth round of the Australian Open, and lost a gripping five-setter, under controversial circumstances, to Kei Nishikori. The steady Spaniard was a finalist in Rio in 2017, and is once again one of the favourites to go all the way.

Italian, Marco Cecchinato, who stunned the world with his semi-final run at Roland Garros last year, also takes his place in the draw, while Joao Sousa, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Nicolas Jarry, Pablo Cuevas, Leonardo Mayer, Pablo Andujar, and another former finalist, Guido Pella are among a host of strong clay-courters set to battle for the title.

ABOUT THE RIO OPEN

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s capital city, is the home of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and famously hosted the 2016 Olympics - an event which featured some thrilling tennis, with Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and Kei Nishikori taking medals in the men's singles and Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez winning gold in the men's doubles.

But the 2016 Olympics is only part of the story of Rio de Janeiro and tennis - the vibrant city has been showcasing the sport since 2014 at the Rio Open presented by Claro, the largest event of South America’s Golden Swing.

The run of spring clay-court tournaments through South America, known as the Golden Swing in honour of Olympic gold medalists Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu of Chile, in many ways reaches its climax at the Rio Open, the only 500 event of the Swing and South America’s only combined ATP World Tour and WTA Tour event.

Played on the eight clay courts of the Jockey Club Brasileiro, featuring a 6,200-seat Stadium court, the Rio Open presented by Claro offers 500 ranking points to the champion as well as prize money of $343,000 out of a total financial commitment of $1,548,755 to the 32-player singles and 16-team doubles draw.

The inaugural edition of the Rio Open presented by Claro was played in 2014 and featured a stellar field including four of the ATP World Tour’s top clay-court players – Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo; mercurial Italian Fabio Fognini; 2013 French Open finalist David Ferrer and nine-times French Open champion and undisputed King of Clay Rafael Nadal. Nadal came through the field to win but not without some tough battles – recovering from the back injury which hampered him in the Australian Open final and searching for confidence, Nadal had a three-set battle settled in a third-set tiebreak with compatriot Pablo Andujar in the semifinals. Elsewhere in the draw, Brazilian wildcard Thomaz Bellucci delighted the home fans with a run to the quarterfinals and unconventional Ukrainian talent Alexandr Dolgopolov stunned Ferrer in the semifinals before Nadal prevailed in a high-quality final, beating Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6(3).

Nadal returned to Rio de Janeiro in 2015 to defend his title, but things did not go to plan for the Spanish player who hadn’t won a title since claiming his ninth French Open crown in 2014. After a three-set battle with Pablo Cuevas in the quarterfinals, Nadal was shocked 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 by Fognini in the semifinals while Ferrer slid smoothly through the bottom half of the draw, dropping just one set (against Juan Monaco in the quarterfinals) before defeating Fognini 6-2, 6-3 in the final.

Nadal and Ferrer returned to the Rio Open in 2016 with Nadal searching for confidence after having his French Open dominance ended by Novak Djokovic in 2015 and losing in the first round of the Australian Open, but the tournament would not go to plan for either man as new stars emerged in Rio de Janeiro. Ferrer was ousted in the quarterfinals by Dominic Thiem, the rising Austrian star who had defeated Nadal on his way to the Argentina Open title the previous week, while Nadal was defeated in the semifinals for the second straight year - this time by Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas. Cuevas went on to capture the Rio Open title - the fourth and so far biggest of his career - when he defeated surprise finalist Guido Pella of Argentina in the final.

Thiem enhanced his reputation as the heir apparent to King of Clay, Nadal with a fine season on the surface in 2017, including claiming the Rio title when he defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta in the final. The Austrian could not quite defend his title in 2018, losing heavily to Fernando Verdasco in the quarter finals. Diego Svhwartzman made most of the opening, coming through the bottom half of the draw to claim his biggest career title, beating Verdasco in the final.

The main protagonists from the last couple of seasons are all back in 2019, with Thiem leading the field, and Schwartzman, Fognini, Carreno-Busta, and Verdasco among those battling to claim the title.

There had been plans to move the tournament from its current venue to the hard courts of the Olympic Tennis Centre, which hosted the tennis event of the 2016 Olympics, but the tournament remains at the Jockey Club Brasileiro for now.

ATP RIO TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Here are some quick facts about the ATP Rio Open

ATP Rio Open Tournament Information

ATP Rio Open
Dates18-24 February
VenueJockey Club Brasileiro
LocationRio de Janeiro, Brasileiro
First Played2014
CategoryATP World Tour 500 Series
SurfaceClay
Draw Size32 Singles / 16 Doubles
Prize Money$1,695,825
Reigning Singles' ChampionDiego Schwartzman
Reigning Doubles' ChampionsDavid Marrero/ Fernando Verdasco

ATP RIO RANKING POINTS

ATP 500 ranking points

RoundPoints
Winner500
Runner-up300
Semifinals180
Quarterfinals90
Round of 1645

ATP RIO FORMER CHAMPIONS

Here is a list of players who have won the Rio Open. Players still active in singles are given in bold.

ATP Rio Past Champions

YearWinnerRunner-Up
2014Rafael NadalAlexander Dolgopolov
2015David FerrerFabio Fognini
2016Pablo CuevasGuido Pella
2017Dominic ThiemPablo Carreno Busta
2018Diego SchwartzmanFernando Verdasco

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