Top Seeds: Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev
2019 Champion: Roger Federer
The ATP side of the draw has seen the withdrawal of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, so the way is clear for someone to claim one of the big Masters crowns. The top seeds have already been in action since Australia so despite being hit with more withdrawals, this is perhaps a little more clear cut than the women’s side which feels very open.
British interest will come with Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and with Liam Broady in the mix as a potential qualifier. There is also a great opportunity for wildcard Jack Draper to cut his teeth in a decent Masters field. Sadly wildcard Andy Murray suffered yet another injury setback with a freak groin injury.
Top Seeds: Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin
2019 champion: Ashleigh Barty
Returning to the tour for the first time since the end of the Australian swing with a title (Yarra Valley Classic), quarter-final (Australian Open) and a first-round defeat in Adelaide, Ashleigh Barty returns to defend the 2019 title she won before the global pandemic rendered much of the 2020 season moot.
Also on the comeback trail since Australia are Naomi Osaka, since winning the Australian Open title, Simona Halep, and Sofia Kenin, who had an appendectomy after a pretty shaky start to the season.
British interest includes former champion Johanna Konta, also playing for the first time since a lacklustre Australian campaign, Heather Watson, Katie Boulter with Harriet Dart in qualifying and quite possibly the most match-sharp of all of them.
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