Nadal Goes For Paris Double; When Is The Draw & More
Rafael Nadal returns to Paris three weeks after his 13th Roland Garros triumph, and this time, the Spaniard has his sights on his first title at the Rolex Paris Masters. Nadal, a winner of seven different ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, enjoyed his best result here on his 2007 debut, when he finished runner-up to David Nalbandian.
With victory at the Rolex Paris Masters, the Spaniard would once again join Novak Djokovic atop the ATP Masters 1000 leaderboard with 36 titles at this level. Nadal would also become the fourth player in the Open Era to join the 1000-match wins club should he win his opening match.
World No. 3 Dominic Thiem is set to lead the bottom half of the draw. Thiem, the reigning US Open champion, reached the Paris semi-finals in 2018, falling to eventual champion Karen Khachanov.
The Masters 1000 field also includes Top 10 stars Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini. Rublev has won a tour-best four titles in 2020 (tied with Djokovic), while Zverev enters Paris following back-to-back title wins at the ATP 250 tournaments in Cologne.
Here's all you need to know about the Paris tennis tournament: what is the schedule, where to watch, who has won and more.
Tournament Dates: 2-8 November 2020
Tournament Director: Guy Forget
Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 31 October
Schedule (View On Official Website)
* Qualifying: Saturday, 31 October (10:00am start) – Sunday, 1 November (11:00am start)
* Main draw: Monday – Thursday from 11:00am; Friday from 2:00pm; Saturday from 11:45am
* Doubles final: Sunday, 8 November at 12:15pm
* Singles final: Sunday, 8 November at 3:00pm
Venue: AccorHotels Arena
Prize Money: €3,343,725 (Total Financial Commitment: €3,732,680)
Honour Roll (Open Era)
Most Titles, Singles: Novak Djokovic (5)
Most Titles, Doubles: Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan (4)
Oldest Champion: Novak Djokovic, 32, in 2019
Youngest Champion: Boris Becker, 18, in 1986
Last Home Champion: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2008
Highest-Ranked Champion: No. 1 Stefan Edberg in 1990, Pete Sampras in 1997, Andre Agassi in 1999, Novak Djokovic in 2014-15, 2019
Lowest-Ranked Champion: No. 50 Tomas Berdych in 2005
Most Match Wins: Novak Djokovic (37)
Singles:  Novak Djokovic (SRB) d Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 63 64 Read & Watch
Doubles:  Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) d Karen Khachanov (RUS) / Andrey Rublev (RUS) 64 61 Read More
Did You Know...The ‘Tree of Fanti’ trophy, sculpted by Italian artist Lucio Fanti, bears the name of the winners on the trunk. The two branches show how the two sides of the draw played out. “When I was asked to create a work to commemorate the centenary of Roland Garros, the tournament organisers sent me the draws and results from down the years,” says Fanti. “When I turned one of the pieces of paper 90 degrees and by starting the players off at the top, you ended up with the winner alone at the bottom. Overall, it looked like a tree, so all I had to do was imagine it in 3D.”