The ATP Tour makes a stop at the Rochusclub in Dusseldorf, Germany, where, with the French Open on the horizon, some of the sport's top players will tune up in the second year of the ATP 250 tournament.
A final chance for players to perfect their form before the French Open, Juan Monaco won the inaugural tournament a year ago and desperately needs a similar performance to rebound.
Monaco enters Dusseldorf after a crushing defeat at the hands of Rafael Nadal in Madrid, but is dialed in on turning things around this week after a visit with the Pope at the Vatican, as captured by the ATP World Tour's website:
Now I'm going to be focused for my next tournament, my next practice [sessions], but with so much love inside me. I will go to Dusseldorf and Roland Garros, two very important tournaments, especially Roland Garros, which I wait all year for. I hope that the Pope's blessing gives me luck, but above everything else to be healthy.
The rest of the field, which consists of eight top seeds, obviously has other plans. No. 1 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber expects to be the favorite as he competes on his home turf.
Make sure to catch the tournament in Dusseldorf in the coming week. Momentum gained there can certainly snowball into something special with bigger affairs coming on the schedule.