The ATP and tennis world heads over to the clay season, as the first set of hard court tournaments has come to a close.
Many players on tour will have to fine tune their games and adjust into the new surface, as it does come with many new challenges.
Although Rafael Nadal looks to be out for the first few months of the clay tournament, the field is still strong as can be.
The intermediate relief that Rafa won’t be in Monaco is one that should excite some potential candidates, and what an opportunity to take advantage.
The Monte-Carlo masters is one of the most prestigious and elegant tourneys in the tennis season, and Stake.com has all your favorite odds in one place!
Let’s get into some previews and contenders for one of the more coveted clay M1000’s!
This Kid Is the Real Deal - Carlos Alcaraz
Coming from the courts of Rafa Nadal’s academy, Carlos Alcaraz has grown into a top three player in the world (elo wise), and he’s only eighteen years of age.
The youngster can do no wrong at the moment, and possesses an all-court game that translates especially well to his home courts of clay.
Having just won the Miami Masters 1000, Alcaraz has all the confidence in the world to take down big opponents, and etch his name further into the history books.
Many would put the Spaniard just behind Rafael Nadal this clay season, and his potential for points on this surface is unlimited. Don’t be fooled folks, this kid is the next big thing, if not, already.
Guess Who’s Back? - Novak Djokovic
World #1 Novak Djokovic has had a limited 2022 up to this point.
The surrounding environment that the Serb brings is second to none, and he will be hungry to snatch another M1000 under his belt.
Last time out losing to Jiri Vesely in straight sets, Novak will feel motivated to produce something better for the fans, and himself.
Although clay isn’t his best surface, Novak has won Roland Garros in 2021, and is by far the best player in the world when at maximum peak.
Rustiness will be a factor, but if Novak can get through his first few rounds, look for him to make a continuous run in this tournament.
Making A Rebound - Stefanos Tsitsipas
The Greek God, Stefanos Tsitsipas has had a rough start to 2022 for his high standards.
Losing to Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets in his most recent outing, Tsitsipas should have a better time on the clay.
His shots and movement go well on the red grounds, and made the finals of Roland Garros in 2021.
He will be a menace to most opponents on this surface, and has a great chance to rebound into the season on a positive note.
Final Goodbye for the Frenchman - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
A serious fan favorite in the tennis world for the past two decades or so, Jo -Wilfried Tsonga is finally calling it a career after Roland Garros 2022.
The talented Frenchman has finally reached his body’s peak level, and knows it's time to hang the racket up.
Providing some of the best highlights on tour, Tsonga was a top five player in his prime, and always had a chance versus the big three in different situations.
Monte-Carlo is a tournament he is dearly loved at, and he will take every moment to soak it in.