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The Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis tournament kicks off this weekend

Serves up!

Photograph: courtesy Shanghai Rolex Masters/Heineken
What's all that racket? China's premier ATP tennis event, the Shanghai Rolex Masters, is back for its tenth year from October 7 through 14, bringing with it some of the world's premier men's players to Shanghai's Qizhong Tennis Centre at Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena in Minhang.

Photograph: courtesy Shanghai Rolex Masters/Heineken (Roger Federer)

One of Asia's and the world’s biggest tennis tournaments, Shanghai Rolex Masters is incredibly international and diverse, every year seeing players turn out from all over the world. The exact players who'll be there depends on the ATP Rankings – a merit-based point system that works out who qualifies for entry to tournaments – but this year’s competition will feature most of the expected big names, including reigning champion Roger Federer (Switzerland) and recently crowned US Open champion Novak Djokovic (Serbia), as well as the likes of Andy Murray (Great Britain) and Kevin Anderson (South Africa).

There will be one much-loved face missing, however, as 2017 runner-up Rafael Nadal will be sitting it out this year in order to recover from the knee injury that saw him withdraw from the semi-finals of the US Open. So, no cries of 'vamos, Rafa!' in Minhang this year, unfortunately.

Outside the big names, details on who you can expect to see slugging it out on the courts will be released on the official website after the draw ceremony on October 6.

If you haven't already got tickets, well, you'll want to think fast... Tickets are sold out on Time Out Tickets, but they're still available for the first five days of the tournament (October 7-11) via the official Shanghai Rolex Masters site and (unless they sell out beforehand) via ticketing booths onsite.

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