Once upon a time, February was a quiet and peaceful tennis month. The big names took early vacations after their exploits in Australia, and the tours didn’t force them back on court until March, when the mandatory events in Indian Wells and Miami came around. But this section of the season isn’t as sleepy as it once was. Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Iga Swiatek, and Coco Gauff are among the prominent players returning to competition this week. And rather than slowly building to a 1000-level tournament, the women are jumping right in at the Qatar TotalEnergies Open in Doha.
Here’s a look ahead at this week’s four events.