Open Sud de France preview 2020: Can the French continue their dominance?
The 33rd edition of the Open Sud de France will take place from February 3rd – February 9th 2020. Played on indoor hard courts, the Open Sud de France is one of three French events of the ATP World Tour 250 series.
The event was originally hosted in Lyon France from 1987 – 2009 and during that period, former Grand Slam champions Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick won the title. The tournament moved to Montpellier in 2010 and is played at the Sud De France Arena which has seating for 7,500 spectators.
Home players have dominated the event since 2010, as seven of the last nine champions have been French. Jo Wilfried Tsonga captured the championship last year but is not confirmed to compete at this year’s edition.
Andy Murray is scheduled to play for the second time in his career. After hinting at retirement in January 2019 because of a constant hip problem, the Brit made his return to singles action in Cincinnati last August. A pelvic injury has prevented Murray from competing at the Australian Open, but if Murray is healthy in time for Montpellier, he will be the biggest draw.
France’s Lucas Pouille will seek to regain his crown. Pouille won the championship in 2018, but was stunned by Marcos Baghdatis in the round of sixteen last year. Pouille also has to miss the Australian Open due to an elbow injury. If Pouille cannot play, French hopes will rest on four-time champion of this event, Richard Gasquet.
Three-time grand slam champion, Stanislas Wawrinka will make his debut and will be a contender on his favourite surface. World number 11, David Goffin and Qatar Open champion, Andrey Rublev will be two players to look out for.
Where is the tournament held?
Open Sud De France is hosted at the Sud de France Arena in Montpellier
What dates does the tournament run?
February 3rd – February 9th 2020
What court surface is the tournament played on?
The event is played on indoor hard court
How many players and how many seeds are in the tournament?
There are a total of 28 players and eight seeds in the singles
Prize money, Singles :
Winner – €91,010
Finalist – €50,380
Semi-finalist – €28,360
Quarter-finalist – €16,140
Second round – €9,260
First round – €5,415
Ranking points, Singles:
Winner – 250 points
Finalist – 150 points
Semi-finalist – 90 points
Quarter-finalist – 45 points
Second round – 20 points
First round – Zero points
Where can I buy tickets for the tournament?
Tickets can purchased here
How can I follow the tournament without going there?
You can watch the tournament on Amazon prime video
You can also follow the tournament through their official Twitter here
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