Men’s tennis tournaments; there are quite a few throughout the year. This page lists most of the bigger ones in order of importance, as well as linking out to related posts or pages as they are written. Think of this as your tournaments hub. It’s quite long, so keep scrolling.
This is a big page. Here’s a little “jump to” section to help you find what you might be looking for.
- Non-Ranking Tournaments
- Ranking Tournaments
Non-Ranking Men’s Tennis Tournaments
These are certain events that take place and don’t have any ranking point value attached.
The Davis Cup
The organisers of the Davis Cup, the International Tennis Federation, would like you to believe that it is the “World Cup of Tennis”. There’s similarities, sure, but I wouldn’t go that far. The Davis Cup is contested between nations, rather than individual players. Each nation puts forward a team of players that will compete in five matches—four singles and a doubles match—with the winning nation progressing in a knock out fashion until a winner is crowned.
There are a number of tiered groups in the Davis Cup competition, with lower tiers covering smaller regions. Nations can earn promotion from their groups, eventually reaching the World Group where they compete for the Davis Cup itself.
The Hopman Cup
Like the Davis Cup, the Hopman Cup operates as contest between nations, rather than players, and is considered an important part of the build up to the Australian Open. Though this is technically a men’s tennis tournaments page, competitors in the tournament are mixed-gender teams representing their nation, though no ranking points are awarded to players. Each contest within the competition consists of a women’s singles match, a men’s singles match, and a mixed doubles match.
Ranking Men’s Tennis Tournaments
These are the important ones when it comes to a tennis player’s ranking. Each of these tournaments has a ranking point value attached, meaning performance (or lack of) can affect your standing in the world.
World Tour Finals
The ATP World Tour Finals take place at the end of the year after all the other tournaments are played, and is contested only by the top eight players in the rankings. The tournament is even more unusual in that it features two groups who play off in a round robin format before allowing the top two players from each group to progress through to the semi finals, and a more traditional knock out format.
With the most points and prize money on offer, Grand Slams are easily the most significant single tournament a player can win in the regular schedule. The winner of a Grand Slam tournament takes home 2,000 ranking points. Most professional tennis players will never win a Grand Slam. Such is the is the difficulty of winning these coveted competitions that only two players in the history of tennis have managed to win all four Slams in the same year, and only eight have won all four Slam’s in their career.
The Australian Open
The first Slam of the year, taking place on the hard courts of Melbourne Park in the searing Oz heat. In recent years this has become the home turf of Novak Djokovic, who has won the tournament more than any other player.
- Australian Open Archive
- Australian Open History
- Australian Open Facts and Trivia
- Australian Open Website
Also related to the Australian Open is the Australian Open series. This is a series of tournaments that take place in the lead up to the Australian Open itself. You will find most of those tournaments on this page (some are women’s only events), but if you’re just interested in the series, we have a link for that.
The French Open
Also known as Roland Garros, the second Slam on the tour takes place in Paris and is the only Slam to be played on clay. Though he’s struggled somewhat in recent years, the French Open is the undisputed home of the “King of Clay”, Rafael Nadal, who has won the tournament an astounding nine times.
Officially known as The Championships, Wimbledon (though everyone just calls it Wimbledon), this Slam takes place at the All England Club in London, England, and is the only grass court Slam. Tennis greats Pete Sampras and Roger Federer share the record for most Open Era Wimbledon titles.
Taking place at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York, the US Open is the last Slam of the year, and is played on hard courts. The honour of most Open Era US Open titles is currently shared by Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, and Roger Federer.
Masters tournaments are the next rung down from a Slam, and a coveted prize among men’s tennis tournaments. That being said, with 1,000 ranking points for the champion, a Masters title is nothing to sneeze at. The top players in the game are required to play Masters events. Whether they like it or not.
Also known as the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells is a hard court tournament that boasts the second largest permanent tennis stadium in the world, and the best attended non-Grand Slam tournament.
No prizes for guessing where this competition takes place. Though not as big as Indian Wells, the Miami Open;s 300,000 or so visitors throughout the course of the event makes it one of the biggest tennis tournaments outside of the Grand Slams.
The first clay court Masters event of the year, Monte-Carlo is the only Masters event in which player commitment is optional. Rafael Nadal has won this tournament a record nine times, including eight consecutively.
Another clay court tournament; the Madrid Open is most recently known for its dalliance with blue clay. Tournament organisers hoped that the new playing surface would be more visually appealing. The change didn’t last long, however, as top players complained about slipping on the new surface and the event returned to red clay.
More typically known as the Rome Masters. This tournament is widely considered the most prestigious clay court competition after the French Open itself, and takes place just before Roland Garros.
Currently known as the Rogers Cup, this tournament has two venues, one for men’s competition, and one for women’s. In odd-numbered years, men compete at the Montreal venue, while even-numbered years see them compete in Toronto.
Founded in 1899, the Cincinnati event is the oldest US tennis tournament to still be played in its original city. It is also the largest summer tennis event after the US Open itself.
This tournament is presently the only Masters event to take place outside of Europe or North America. Founded in its current state in 2009, the Shanghai Masters is one of the youngest Masters events on the tour.
The Paris event is the final Masters event of the year—and the last tournament before the World Tour Finals for many of the games top players. Paris used to be one of the fastest tournaments in the world, but has since opted for a slower court.
The third tier down in the pantheon of ATP tournaments, the ATP 500 series awards the winner—you guessed it—500 points. It is mandatory for the sport’s top players to enter at least four of these events over the course of the year, which includes at least one after the US Open.
500 points is no small change in the rankings, so don’t underestimate how important these men’s tennis tournaments are.
The Rotterdam Open is an indoor hard court even taking place in… you guessed it, Rotterdam. Check out our facts and trivia page to find out why Ivan Lendl refused to go back out on court at 6—0, 1—0 up in the 1984 final. Here’s a hint; it wasn’t down to injury.
The Rio Open is an outdoor clay court event that is considered the most significant annual sporting event in the city. It’s pretty new, but that’s not stopped it getting ATP 500 status. Check out our facts and trivia page on the tournaments for more information.
Dubai Tennis Championships
The Dubai Tennis Championships take place in late February. They had some controversy in 2009 when a number of players condemned the tournament, some even boycotting it. Read our facts and trivia page to find out why!
The Mexican Open happens in the picturesque setting of a luxury hotel in Acapulco. It’s an award winning tournament… but what award? Check out our facts and trivia page to find out.
Queen’s Club Championships
You should have noticed the pattern by now. ATP 250 events offer the winner 250 rankings points, and are the lowest tier of competition in the ATP series. Despite their “low tier” status, they are essential among men’s tennis tournaments, giving up and coming players a place to earn experience without constantly coming up against the games elite.
There is a lot of these little fellas, so let’s just list them off nice and quick.
- Qatar Open
- Chennai Open
- Brisbane International
- Sydney International
- Aukland Open
- Open Sud de France
- Ecuador Open
- Sofia Open
- Memphis Open
- Argentina Open
- Open 13
- Delray Beach Open
- Brasil Open
- US Clay Court
- Grand Prix Hassan II
- Bavarian International
- Estoril Open
- Istanbul Open
- Geneva Open
- Nice Open
- Rosmalen Grass Court Championships
- Stuttgart Open
- Eastbourne International
- Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
- Swedish Open
- Croatia Open
- Atlanta Tennis Championships
- Los Cabos Open
- Swiss Open
- Austrian Open Kitzbühel
- Winston-Salem Open
- St. Petersburg Open
- Shenzhen Open
- Chengdu Open
- Stockholm Open
- Kremlin Cup
- European Open