The 2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis series features the nine most important tournaments outside Grand Slam play. Typically, the entire ATP field appears, and one week of excellent matchups ensues with best of three matches.
The Masters tour begins in March with Indian Wells and Miami in the southern corners of the United States. It swings into Europe for three clay-court tournaments in April-May. North America showcases two more events in August before the U.S. Open. The fall season finishes the tennis year with Shanghai, China and indoors courts at Paris, France.
The following is a tennis fan's guide to each of the Masters tournaments. We provide a synopsis to the winners and highlights of 2013, an outlook for 2014 and a prediction of what we could see, at least with our perspectives in early March. The players and stories will change several times before each Masters chapter is opened.
The fun begins this week at Indian Wells, but a long season of thrilling performances awaits us.