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The Paris Masters, not to be confused with the Grand Slam at Roland Garros, is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event and is the ninth and final tournament at that level in the season. ATP Masters 1000 events rank only second in importance to the four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open). With a massive 1000 ranking points on offer for the winner, along with high prestige of winning the high-status event, Masters 1000 tournaments offer the high quality action of Grand Slam tennis on a condensed format. They are the events which attract the big guns of the world of tennis to competition.
The Paris Masters, which is more commonly known as the BNP Paribas Masters because of its sponsorship, is situated at the end of October on the calendar, long after the final Grand Slam of the season has passed (the US Open). It doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to play for besides the honour of lifting the Paris Masters title of course. There is. Because of the placement of the tournament right at the end of the regular ATP season, it is the last chance for players to pick up ranking points.
The top eight players in the world at the end of the year make it through to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, England. With the big guns like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal making up a pretty certain three of those eight spots, there is often a tight fight behind them to make it to the finals. So with the scenario of players looking for a last chance shot at securing points to reach the ATP World Tour Finals, it makes this a fascinating tournament.
Of course, even without that scenario, this is a wonderful tournament in its own right, first played back in 1968. It is hosted at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy, Paris. This is an indoor tournament now played on a hard court surface, having before been played on both carpet and clay. It switched back to the hard court in 2007, and it is a fanatic pre-cursor to the ATP World Tour Finals, which are also played indoors on the hard surface.
Unlike some of the other ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events on the season, it isn’t one which has been wholeheartedly dominated by the major players since the return to hard court in 2007. Roger Federer took a win in 2011, and Novak Djokovic in 2009 and 2013 and they were the only ones of the Big Four (Nadal, Federer, Murray and Djokovic) to win it in the seven editions following the switch of surface. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Created a buzz by winning it in 2008.
Novak Djokovic created a bit of history because it was at the Paris Masters, that he became the 15th player in the Open Era to win 40 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. Another interesting stat is that Andre Agassi and Roger Federer remain, at the time of writing, the only two players to have ever won both the Paris Masters and the French Open. The Paris Masters carries around a €2,800,000 prize purse on it, and is a 48 man draw in the singles.
|2013||S|D||Novak Djokovic||Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan|
|2012||S|D||David Ferrer||Mahesh Bhupathi / Rohan Bopanna|
|2011||S|D||Roger Federer||Rohan Bopanna / Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi|
|2010||S|D||Robin Soderling||Mahesh Bhupathi / Max Mirnyi|
|2009||S|D||Novak Djokovic||Daniel Nestor / Nenad Zimonjic|
|2008||S|D||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||Jonas Bjorkman / Kevin Ullyett|
|2007||S|D||David Nalbandian||Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan|
|2006||S|D||Nikolay Davydenko||Arnaud Clement / Michael Llodra|
|2005||S|D||Tomas Berdych||Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan|
|2004||S|D||Marat Safin||Jonas Bjorkman / Todd Woodbridge|
|2003||S|D||Tim Henman||Wayne Arthurs / Paul Hanley|
|2002||S|D||Marat Safin||Nicolas Escude / Fabrice Santoro|
|2001||S|D||Sebastien Grosjean||Ellis Ferreira / Rick Leach|
|2000||S|D||Marat Safin||Nicklas Kulti / Max Mirnyi|
|1999||S|D||Andre Agassi||Sebastien Lareau / Alex O’Brien|
|1998||S|D||Greg Rusedski||Mahesh Bhupathi / Leander Paes|
|1997||S|D||Pete Sampras||Jacco Eltingh / Paul Haarhuis|
|1996||S|D||Thomas Enqvist||Jacco Eltingh / Paul Haarhuis|
|1995||S|D||Pete Sampras||Grant Connell / Patrick Galbraith|
|1994||S|D||Andre Agassi||Jacco Eltingh / Paul Haarhuis|
|1993||S|D||Goran Ivanisevic||Byron Black / Jonathan Stark|
|1992||S|D||Boris Becker||John McEnroe / Patrick McEnroe|
|1991||S|D||Guy Forget||John Fitzgerald / Anders Jarryd|
|1990||S|D||Stefan Edberg||Scott Davis / David Pate|