The Japanese Kei Nishikori, 39th player in the world, gives up playing the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo (April 11-18), the first big meeting on clay.
The 2021 edition of the Masters 1000 de Monte-Carlo is taking shape. This ATP tournament, the first major event in 2021 on clay, will take place from April 11 to 18. The plateau begins to take shape. However, some have decided to ignore it. Latest, Kei Nishikori. The Japanese, 39th player in the world, will not travel to Monaco, but rather to Barcelona. A decision made official a few days before the start of the event. Nishikori has just chained several tournaments, Marseille, Rotterdam, Dubai then Miami. After Dominic Thiem, injured in a foot in Miami and who seems to want to take his time before returning to the ATP circuit, or Borna Coric and John Isner, it is a new big package for the tennis event.
Djokovic will have to consolidate his place as world number one
As for Roger Federer, the Swiss simply did not register in the initial list, just like the Canadian Milos Raonic, while an invitation could well be reserved for him until the last moments before the start of the tournament, in case he wanted to change his mind. A hypothesis certainly unlikely for someone who has not played in this tournament since 2016. On the other hand, one thing is certain, the Balois is indeed registered for the Masters 1000 in Madrid, which will take place from April 27 to May 9. Only 17 players belonging to the Top 20 are still scheduled for this Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo. Residing on the Rock, the Serbian Novak Djokovic intends to respond, as his place as world number one is now clearly threatened. by Russian Daniil Medvedev. For his part, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal will also be present. With all these packages, the main draw could thus accommodate at least six French (Monfils, Humbert, Paire, Mannarino, Gasquet and Chardy). For his part, Lucas Pouille can hope for a wild card.