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All of ATP Top 10 entered to play in Dubai & Acapulco next month
Djokovic and Nadal to headline Dubai Open while Alcaraz and Tsitsipas will lead the field in Acapulco
The first Grand Slam of the season is over and the first Masters Series event won’t take place until March but men’s tennis fans will be looking ahead eagerly to the week of February 27, which has two ATP 500 events, in Dubai and Acapulco, with all of the top 10 ranked men entered to play in either of the two events.
Novak Djokovic, fresh off a record-extending10th Australian Open and 22nd Grand Slam singles title that moved him back to the top of the world rankings, is entered in Dubai, alongside his arch-rival Rafael Nadal (world No 6) and three other top 10 players, No 5 Andrey Rublev, No 7 Felix Auger-Aliassime and No 10 Hubert Hurkacz.
It remains to be seen if Nadal does play following his injury troubles in Melbourne, where he was beaten in the second round.
World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz, who won the US Open in September but missed the Australian Open due to injury, will lead the field in Acapulco. The tournament is the third event on Alcaarz’s schedule for 2023: he returns in Buenos Aires the week of February 13 before playing in Rio de Janerio the following week and then Dubai.
Joining Alcaraz in Acapulco are No 3 and Australian Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas, No 4 Casper Ruud, No 8 Taylor Fritz and No 9 Holger Rune.
Only three of the world’s top 20 players have not entered either of the two tournaments – No 17 Jannik Sinner, No 18 Lorenzo Musetti and No 20 Nick Kyrgios, who underwent surgery on his knee two weeks ago.