There have already been a few tournaments on clay this month, but it doesn’t feel like the clay season—or spring, for many of us—has truly begun until we see the Mediterranean from the top of the Monte Carlo Country Club.
This is the first of the ATP’s three clay Masters 1000 events, and it’s another showcase for the depth of the men’s tour right now. Two of this year’s MVPs, Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios, will be absent, but there’s no reason to worry. Last year’s MVPs, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, will be back after missing Miami. The road to Roland Garros starts now; let’s see who might get a head start on it.