Tennis on Sky Sports in 2018: Follow Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic
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Last Updated: 27/12/17 11:25am
It's been a vintage year in tennis, so what will 2018 bring? Sky Sports will continue to show the very best of the ATP tour with the sport's biggest names in action.
The most prestigious events will remain on Sky Sports for the next 12 months so you can follow Britain's former world No 1 Andy Murray every step of the way.
All nine Masters 1000 tournaments will be shown live and exclusive with the season-ending extravaganza ATP Finals at London's O2 Arena putting to bed what's sure to be another sensational year.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer surprised everybody on the circuit by dominating the tennis landscape. They have wowed audiences around the globe with whirlwind performances on our TV screens, but Murray and the fourth member of the so-called 'Big Four' Novak Djokovic will aim to be back, ready, and aiming to make their mark.
Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, and the man of the moment, Grigor Dimitrov, will be joined by the future of the game, Alexander Zverev, Nick Krygios, Dominic Thiem and David Goffin for an even more exciting year, so expect an avalanche of big-hitting, thumping winners.
We start our coverage with the Qatar Open in Doha, which is usually a traditional curtain-raiser on Sky Sports. Murray and Djokovic will be hoping for a reunion in the final after their rip-roaring contest in January and should give us an early indicator as to their fitness ahead of the Australian Open.
In February, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be out to defend his ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament title on the hardcourt, while Dominic Thiem will be aiming to do the same on the red stuff at the Rio Open just a week later.
The Dubai Tennis Championships ends the month with Murray out to defend the one and only title he won this year.
Indian Wells and Miami stand alone in March as the Masters 1000's get into full swing and Swiss maestro Federer will be seeking more success in the desert before the trip to sunny Florida.
April is usually the month when Spanish superstar Nadal starts motoring on his favourite clay surface with royal history and rich tradition of the Monte Carlo Masters overlooking the Mediterranean Sea - and it's where you will see host Marcus Buckland joined by Annabel Croft for a week of lung-busting action - before the hop, skip and jump over to Catalonia for the Barcelona Open.
The build-up for the French Open concludes with back-to-back Masters events in the Spanish capital, Madrid and then the Eternal City of Rome where the stars will get to shine at the picturesque Foro Italico complex.
All eyes will move to Halle in Germany, and that man Federer, who will be aiming to claim a record-extending 10th crown ahead of his Wimbledon defence.
At the back end of July we'll be back on the red clay for the Hamburg Open before we head stateside for the Citi Open in Washington.
There's the traditional switch of cities in August as Toronto takes centre stage from Montreal in Canada for the Masters 1000 before we head over the border for the short hop to Cincinnati.
The US Open closes anther season of Grand Slam tennis, but it's not over for Sky Sports customers because we'll be back on the box in October with action from the China Open in Beijing and Japan Open in Tokyo covering our channels in the same week before the penultimate Masters 1000 tournament of the year in Shanghai.
Federer should be back on home turf at the Swiss Indoors in Basel, while the Erste Bank Open in Vienna takes place the same week.
The Paris Masters concludes the 1000 series in the French capital and by then we will know the eight stars who will compete at the ATP Finals in London to complete yet another memorable year.
We will also bring you unrivalled coverage of the second edition of the Laver Cup from September 21-23 where Europe face a Rest of the World team in Chicago, and the innovative Next Gen ATP Finals, which was successfully trialled for the first time in Milan this year.
We'll be back in 2018 with coverage from the Australian Open on www.skysports.com/tennis with news, previews, live blogs, reports and expert analysis.
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