The Month Ahead in Tennis - February 2022
By Ed C
Updated 2nd February 2022
After an enthralling January, with Australian Open titles being won by Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty, February promises to be a bit quieter. However, with some big names expected to return to the tour this month, there is still plenty to look forward to.
First ATP 500 events of the year
The first ATP 500 event takes place on the indoor hard courts of Rotterdam (Netherlands) in early February, with the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev currently scheduled to play the event.
There are also ATP 500 events later in the month in Acapulco (Mexico) and Dubai (UAE), both on outdoor hard. World number 1 Novak Djokovic is expected to make his return to the tour in Dubai, having not played yet this year. There are also ATP 250 hard court events in Pune (India), Montpellier and Marseille (both France), Doha (Qatar), and Dallas and Delray Beach (both USA).
February also brings the South American clay court swing, with ATP 250 events in Cordoba and Buenos Aires (both Argentina), and Santiago (Chile), as well as an ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Former world number 3 Dominic Thiem is planning his return to the tour here, having not played since June of last year due to a wrist injury. He has since suffered another setback though, having withdrawn from Cordoba.
Another former grand slam champion, Juan-Martin del Potro, is planning to come back in Buenos Aires, having not played since 2019 and having since undergone four surgeries on his right knee. The Argentinian has taken a wildcard there, and also in Rio de Janeiro the following week.
First WTA 1000 event of the year
With only hard court tournaments for the women at WTA level this month, unlike the men, Doha hosts the first WTA 1000 event of the year, the highest classification for a tournament behind grand slams and the WTA Finals.
25 of the top 30 women in the world rankings have entered. World number 5 Karolina Pliskova is expected to return here, having missed the Australian Open due to injury. There are also WTA 500 events in St Petersburg (Russia) and Dubai (UAE), and WTA 250 events in Guadalajara and Monterrey (Mexico) and Lyon (France).
Emma Raducanu has opted to play the 250 event in Guadalajara instead of the 1000 event in Doha, and Australian Open champion Ash Barty has not entered an event this month.
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