TENNIS SEASONS

The various tennis seasons

On of the pleasures of betting on the ATP Tour is that the season has a distinctive rhythm. In fact, it can be roughly broken up into six mini-seasons based around location and surfaces, with each mini-season favoring a certain style of play and a certain kind of player

Season 1: Australasian Hard Court

The winter break comes to an end with the Australian Open in the third week of January, preceded by events in Brisbane and Sydney. It’s a tough start, and the blistering heat of an Australasian summer, combined with the demands of hard-court tennis can place a heavy burden on players. Getting up to speed is the name of the game at this stage of the season, although Novak Djokovic always seems to start the year with a bang.

Season 2: US Hard Court

The next stage of the tennis season focuses on the United States, where two prestigious outdoor hard-court tournaments for men and women dominate the March schedule. First up is Indian Wells, which hosts the first Masters 1000 and Premier Series events of the season, then its over to the east coast for the Miami Open, another outdoor hard-court competition with big prize money at stake.

Season 3: European Clay

In April, the action switches to clay as the build up to the season’s second Grand Slam at Roland Garros begins. The clay season gives players plenty of time to adjust to the long rallies and the high-bouncing, spin-heavy returns synonymous with this surface, and there are major events in Rome and Madrid prior to the French Open. This is the time of year where Rafael Nadal and the clay specialists dominate.

Season 4: Grass Season

The change from grass to clay is the most dramatic possible in tennis, and with just a month or so between the French Open and Wimbledon, players have little time to adapt to the fastest type of surface in the sport, where speed across the court and serve power can take you a long way. Eastbourne and Queen’s Club in England and Halle in Germany are the build-up events to the oldest Grand Slam of all, where Roger Federer once dominated.

Season 5: US Hard Court. Part 2

After a brief interlude featuring a variety of events, including quarterfinals of the Davis Cup World Group, the tennis circus returns to North America for the US Open build-up, with events taking place in Cincinnati and Toronto ahead of the big event in Flushing Meadow. The US Open has tended to be the most open of the four Grand Slam events, and this is the last chance for players to pick up a big title before the season ends.

Season 6: Final Tour Indoor Chase

As the season comes to an end it moves indoors for a series of lucrative events that can determine those vital ranking positions. Several important indoor hard court competitions take place on the ATP Tour, which build to the final Masters 1000 event in Paris and the season-concluding ATP Tour finals. This final chapter of the season concludes with the Davis Cup final for men and the Federation Cup World Group Finals for women.