The first big clay event of the season begins next week in Monte Carlo. King of Clay Rafael Nadal will be the top seed at the tournament he has won eight times. Novak Djokovic, who broke Nadal’s run last year, is seeded second.
Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka is also entered along with David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Missing from the event right now, however, are Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
Federer, who has never won the event, hasn’t played there since 2011. Murray, who’s played a lot of tennis already this year since his return from back surgery, has been a participant the last six years twice reaching the semifinals.
Both players could still end up in the event via a wildcard.
UPDATE: According to the tournament, Federer has accepted a wildcard into the event and will play for the first time since 2011.
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