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The Tennis Events to Look Forward to this October

October 01, 2016

- Grant Whittington

While some may believe that the tennis season effectively ended with Stan Wawrinka’s thrashing of world number one Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, there is, in fact, plenty of action remaining in the weeks ahead.

October is a particularly busy month for the sport, while the next six weeks will see both the ATP and the WTA finals. These are renowned as the true finale to the season, as the best 16 players in the world (on form, at least) compete to be crowned as the ATP and WTA Tour winners.

4 Tennis Events to Enjoy in October

Let’s start with October, with a brief look at some of the seminal events that are likely to take place during this hectic, four-week period. Here are our picks for the events to watch: –

The ATP & WTA China Open in Beijing, China

A joint event across both tours, the China Open (which will take place in Beijing between 1st and the 9th October) is a significant event as it is likely to see the return of British legend Andy Murray. The Scot, who hectic summer including success at Wimbledon, the Olympics and a relentless Davis Cup schedule, is currently taking a break from the game, but he has pencilled in this event as one where is likely to return.

The ATP Valencia Open in Valencia, Spain

A popular tour event with prize money in excess of $500,000, the Valencia Open will take place between 17th and 23rd October this year. It has suffered from a perceived lack of elite player involvement in recent times, although Andy Murray emerged victorious in both 2009 and 2014. The lack of star names (due to a scheduling conflict) makes the tournament extremely competitive, as we saw last year when Joao Sousa won the day.

The ATP & WTA Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russia

One of the main reasons for the lack of participation at the Valencia Open is the Kremlin Cup, which is a prestigious, indoor tournament that takes place in Moscow at the same time. This is an ATP and a WTA Tour event, while the early ATP Kremlin Cup odds appear to make Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber as initial favourites. It is certainly one to watch, especially with the race to the ATP Finals in London gaining momentum.

The WTA Tour Finals in Singapore

Now it is expected that some of the leading female players will stay away from the Kremlin Cup, particularly with the coveted WTA Tour title up for grabs the following week. That’s right, the week between 23rd and 30th October will see the finale of the women’s season, with players like Britain’s Johanna Konta currently trying to secure their place in the finals.

This will be the perfect way to round off Tennis in October, no matter which leading player you support!

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