Facts & Figures: 2019 Rolex Paris Masters
The Rolex Paris Masters is the ninth and final ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament on the 2019 ATP Tour calendar, and serves as the final battleground in the ATP Race To London as players attempt to clinch the remaining spots at the Nitto ATP Finals.
An 18-year-old Boris Becker won the inaugural Rolex Paris Masters in 1986, and to this day, remains the youngest champion on the honour roll. Becker claimed two more Paris titles, in 1989 and 1992. Marat Safin matched the German's title haul with his trio of trophies in 2000, '02 and '04, and Novak Djokovic surpassed both with four titles, including three straight from 2013-15.
Djokovic looks to reclaim the 'Tree of Fanti' in 2019, and he leads a field that includes defending champion Karen Khachanov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the last Frenchman to win the title (2008). Rafael Nadal, who leads Djokovic in the battle for year-end No. 1, will attempt to join David Ferrer as Spanish winners at this Masters 1000 event.
Meanwhile, Daniil Medvedev — winner of back-to-back Masters 1000 titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai and who also finished runner-up to Nadal in Montreal — will attempt to continue his run of form as he eyes his seventh straight tour-level final. Only two other singles players, Djokovic and Andy Murray, have completed the Shanghai-Paris sweep.
Update (10/28): Roger Federer announced his withdrawal from the Rolex Paris Masters on Monday. "I am extremely disappointed to have to pull out," said 2011 titlist Federer. "I want to play as long as possible on the ATP Tour. I'm sorry for my French fans who I'll see at Roland Garros in 2020." Read More