The Rolex Paris Masters 2020 is the 49th edition of the tournament. The masters 1000 event is usually the final tournament on the ATP tour before the season-ending ATP Finals. Because of its sponsorship, the tournament is officially known as Rolex Paris Masters since 2017. It is also the only one of nine Masters 1000 tournaments which are played indoors, since 2009. From 1987 until 2008 there were two indoor tournaments at the Masters level.
The Rolex Paris Masters was played on a carpet court at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin from its evolution from 1968 to 1982. In 1989 it was upgraded to become one of the premier nine tournaments of the Grand Prix Tour, replacing the Tokyo Open. The event then shifted to AccorHotels Arena from 1986.
The surface used to be one of the fastest courts in the world, due to which more attacking tennis was showcased but since 2011 the tournament has followed the general slow-down of most courts on the ATP tour.
The most successful player of the Rolex Paris Masters has been Novak Djokovic. The Serbian has won five titles in Paris. He has also reached six finals at the Rolex Paris Masters, the most by any player, tieing with his former coach Boris Becker. He has also claimed the most consecutive singles titles – in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Novak Djokovic has swept through all the singles record of the Paris Masters, winning the most number of matches with 37 wins so far. The Serb won the title for the fifth time last year. He defeated Denis Shapovalov in the final. Djokovic will not play the event in 2020 and thus will not defend his title.
While Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, also known as Bryan brothers have been the most successful doubles team in Paris indoors with four titles. On the other hand, Paul Haarhuis has played 6 doubles finals, the most by any other doubles player. Haarhuis reached these finals with three different partners.
Men’s singles – Novak Djokovic
Men’s doubles – Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut
The Rolex Paris Masters will be held from November 2nd to November 8th. The organizers announced they would host fans in the stadiums, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
They plan to allow 1,000 fans daily, based on the same guidelines that the French Open 2020 followed.
However, the 2020 edition is likely to see major scheduling changes after the French Government announced a 9 pm curfew in Paris, a couple of weeks before the start of the tournament.
They will thus not be able to arrange night sessions like every year.
The Rolex Paris Masters 2020 is the last chance for the ATP Finals contenders to secure their spots at the season-ending finale.
|Current Prize Money||€5,207,405|
|Number of Entries (Main Draw)||57|
|Number of Entries (Qualifying)||24|
|Number of Seeds||16|
|Court Type||Indoor Hard|