Murray, Bautista Agut Look To End French Reign In Montpellier: All You Need To Know
French champions have ruled the courts in Montpellier at the Open Sud de France, lifting the trophy eight times since the first edition in 2010. Three-time winner Richard Gasquet and 2019 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lead a group of home hopefuls looking to continue that winning tradition when the ATP 250 event kicks off on 22 February.
The tournament is headlined by a pair of Top 20 players, Roberto Bautista Agut and David Goffin, who will each be aiming to double their indoor hard-court title count. Goffin’s lone title on the surface came on French soil at the 2014 Moselle Open (Metz), while Bautista Agut triumphed at the Sofia Open in 2016.
Former World No. 1 Andy Murray will arrive in Montpellier in search of matches as he enters his first ATP Tour event of the year with a wild card. Currently sitting at No. 125 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, Murray kicked off his comeback 2021 season with a strong showing at the Biella Challenger Indoor 1, where he reached his first final at any level since 2019.
Lucas Pouille, the 2018 champion, will be back in action as countrymen Ugo Humbert, Gilles Simon and Pierre-Hugues Herbert are in the hunt to be Montpellier’s fifth different French champion. Poland's Hubert Hurkacz and #NextGenATP Italian Jannik Sinner, who have already won ATP 250 titles in 2021, will also hit the courts in Montpellier.
Here's all you need to know about the Montpellier tennis tournament: what is the schedule, when is the draw, who has won, how to watch and more.
Tournament Dates: 22-28 February 2021
Tournament Director: Sebastien Grosjean
Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 20 February 2021 at 12pm
Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Sunday, 21 February (10am); Monday, 22 February (10:30am)
* Main draw: Monday, 22 February - Sunday, 28 February at 12:30pm and 7pm
* Doubles final: Sunday, 28 February at 12:30pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 28 February at 3pm
Prize Money: € 262,170 (Total Financial Commitment: € 323,970)
Most Titles, Singles: Richard Gasquet (3), Gael Monfils (3)
Most Titles, Doubles: Edouard Roger-Vasselin (2), Mate Pavic (2)
Oldest Champion: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 33, in 2019
Youngest Champion: Alexander Zverev, 19, 2017
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 7 Tomas Berdych in 2012
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 210 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2019
Most Match Wins: Richard Gasquet (26)
Last Home Champion: Gael Monfils in 2020