Paris Masters Marks First Tournament Since US Open With All Top 10 Players In Action

Paris Masters Marks First Tournament Since US Open With All Top 10 Players In Action

by Nurein Ahmed

Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz will be present at the last ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Paris-Bercy, as will the rest of the Top 10 players.

The 2023 Paris Masters is scheduled to commence on October 30 featuring a 56-player singles field. Djokovic had confirmed his participation after skipping this year's Asian swing. It will be his first tournament since guiding Serbia into the Final 8 of the Davis Cup in mid-September.

There were doubts about whether Carlos Alcaraz would make it to Bercy after his late withdrawal from the Swiss Indoors due to foot and back injuries. But Alcaraz has since provided an update on his recovery process and is eyeing a return at the Paris Masters next week. The 20-year-old also intends to finish the season strongly by playing in the ATP Finals for the first time.

The ATP's elite band of Top 10 players will be at full strength in the French capital. It will be the first time since last month's US Open in which all Top 10 players will converge at the same tournament. Outside the aforementioned duo, the likes of Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner will look to demonstrate their indoor prowess.

Defending champion Holger Rune, who shockingly defeated Djokovic in last year's final, will return under new coach Boris Becker. Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipasis looking to lock his place at the ATP Finals as will Germany's Alexander Zverev. Andrey Rublev should be qualified by then.

This tournament could determine the fate of the year-end No. 1 ranking between Djokovic and Alcaraz who are only separated by 500 points. The ATP Race to Turin could be decided there too. Rune is in danger of losing his spot in the world's Top 8, with the likes of Taylor Fritz, Hubert Hurkacz, and Casper Ruud all breathing down his neck.


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