There's more to tennis than Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic, but forgive the world if that rivalry will once again be front and center for the clay-court season. After all, they each have more at stake in Europe than anywhere else. It's a collision course with no compromise.
We will also examine the other ATP key contenders and circumstantial thoughts regarding their chances for excellent success over the next two months.
On the women's tour, Serena Williams has picked up the gauntlet and seems as determined as ever to take on her biggest rivals. The problem for the others is that they have had little to no success in challenging her on the biggest stages.
Clay-court tennis is here, and for all of its lazy bounces and relentless demands, it can be the true measure of heart and championship immortality. It can also be as inexplicably cruel as a mishandled overhead smash.
What are the biggest stories and contenders that will capture the interests of springtime tennis? We're about to get the conversation started.