Ten Facts About the Paris BNP Paribas Masters: A Fan’s Preview

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The BNP Paribas Masters 1000 will begin with early rounds starting October 29. Here are ten things fans should know about the final full-field tournament of the ATP calendar.

Located on the banks of the Seine, the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy is the venue for this event. This is the second major event held in Paris. The first, of course, is the French Open.

This event dates back to 1968, when Milan Holecek won the only title of his career. The Paris Masters has been part of the nine-tournament Masters Series since the current version was created in 1990.

The tournament director for the BNP Paribas Masters is Frenchman Guy Forget. Forget won this event in 1991, one of six tournaments he won in 1991, by far his best season as a professional.

This indoor event was played on carpet through 2006. In 2007 the tournament switched to its current hard courts.

Roger Federer is the defending champion. Federer defeated Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in last year's final. Federer started fast and held on for a 6-1, 7-6 (3) win, his 18th (at the time) Masters 1000 victory.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will both be gunning for their fourth Masters 1000 wins of 2012. Federer captured titles in Indian Wells, Madrid and Cincinnati, while Djokovic won in Miami, Toronto and Shanghai.

Fans who like variety in their champions should love this tournament. A different champion has been crowned every year since 2003.

Marat Safin loved this event. The combustible Russian won here in 2000, 2002 and 2004, and he also lost in the final in 1999.

The last American player to win this event was Andre Agassi, in 1999 (also 1994). Pete Sampras was also a multiple winner, taking the crown in 1995 and 1997.

The McEnroe brothers, John and Patrick, teamed up to win the doubles title here in 1992. It was the 70th doubles win for John McEnroe, and his last until he came out of retirement to win in San Jose in 2006.

Brad Boeker has been a fan of professional tennis since the early 1980s. He coaches high school tennis in Illinois.
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