Tennis certainly found a sweet spot last season and it’s fair to say the events on the tour across 2024 have even more intrigue — particularly the majors.
The young brigade are eagerly chasing Novak Djokovic and Rafa’s looking to make an imprint. The on the women’s side, we’ve got several megastars doing battle.
So from Masters 1000 events to innovative Australian tournaments, plus of course the four majors, this is the guide you need for tennis in 2024. Here’s the full lowdown on the tennis majors for 2024, plus all the results along the way.
Grand Slams and major tennis tournaments for 2024
United Cup, December 29 – January 7
Australia’s newest and innovative tennis tournament, the United Cup, returns for the second time in Perth and Sydney over New Years.
With plenty of big names such as Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek expected to represent their country, the United Cup is going to be the main lead-in event to the Australian Open.
Reigning champions, the United States of America, return in one of the toughest groups of the pool stage, joining Australia and Great Britain in a star studded Group C.
GRAND SLAM: Australian Open, January 14-28
The Australian Open as usual kicks off the start of the Grand Slams in 2024, with Rafael Nadal set to return to tennis after a year off due to injury.
It will be a tough comeback for Nadal however, coming up against the dominant as ever Novak Djokovic, determined to defend his title with a record 11th Australian Open victory.
Reigning women’s champion Aryna Sabalenka will also look to go back-to-back against a tough women’s competition in 2024.
Dubai Championships, February 26 – March 2
While it’s not a major event on the ATP tour, it’s a WTA Masters 1000 tournament in the women’s tour with a $2.7 million purse.
Starting in 2001, Belgium’s Justine Henin has won the event the most – four times.
In 2023, Czech tennis star, Barbora Krejčíková, took out the tournament in a straight sets victory over Iga Swiatek.
Indian Wells Masters, March 6-17
The first Masters 1000 tournament for the ATP is the Indian Wells held in California in early March.
Historically Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have dominated the event, but this time it’s the next big thing, Carlos Alcaraz, that enters the event as the men’s reigning champ.
On the women’s side of the draw, Elena Rybankina – the 2022 Wimbledon champ – aims to claim he sixth WTA career win.
Miami Open Masters, March 17-31
Staying with the United States for a second straight tournament, the tour rolls on to the Miami Open – another event that always brings out the big guns.
Both winners last year, Daniil Medvedev and Petra Kvitora, took out the event in straight sets in dominant fashion.
The Miami Open has historically been a hunting ground for Novak Djokovic who, if plays, could be in line for a seventh tournament win.
Monte Carlos Masters, April 6-14
One of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world is back again in 2024 with the Monte-Carlo Masters starting in early April; an event just on the men’s tour.
It’s been running since 1987, with Russian Andrey Rublev entering the event as reigning champ.
Through the 2000s, though, they may as well have changed the name of the tournament to the Nadal Masters, with the Spaniard winning it 11 out of 14 years between 2005 and 2018.
Madrid Open Masters, April 22 – May 5
Contrary to the historic Monte-Carlo Masters, the Madrid Open has only been going since 2002. But certainly still showcases tennis’ best and is now a crucial aspect of the build-up to Roland Garros.
Spaniards have dominated on the mens side; Nadal has claimed the honours a record five times.
The ‘new Nadal’ Carlos Alcaraz has won the Madrid Open back to back years and will be a red-hot contender to do it again in 2024.
Aryna Sabalenka also took out her second title in 2023, with aspirations of equalling Petra Kvitova this time around.
Italian Open Masters, May 6-19
Held in the beautiful city of Rome, the Italian Open is an ATP Masters 1000 tournament that became open to professional players in the late 1960s.
Spaniards are notorious for taking out the competition – in particular Nadal, who has won the event a record ten times.
The reigning champions heading into 2024 are Elena Rybankina in the women’s comp and Daniil Medvedev one the men’s side.
GRAND SLAM: Roland Garros, May 20 – June 9
The second Grand Slam of 2024 is the clayed surface Roland Garros (the French Open).
It was one of three Grand Slams Novak Djokovic took out in 2023, and he’ll be wanting to repeat his success there again and secure a fourth French Open.
Similarly, Iga Swiatek took out her third victory at Roland Garros in 2023, also making it back to back French Open wins.
GRAND SLAM: Wimbledon, July 1-14
Wimbledon’s the promised land in world tennis.
Tunisian fan favourite Ons Jabeur fell short for a second straight time of taking out the women’s Wimbledon final, with Marketa Vondrousova winning the tournament.
And the incredible rise of Carlos Alcaraz continued, as he claimed his second grand slam singles title; his first Wimbledon crown. Novak Djokovic’s 34-match streak at the London tournament finally ended.
2024 Paris Olympic Games, July 27 – August 4
In 2024, the summer season is even more jam-packed than usual, with the Olympics falling in between the European Grand Slams and the US hardcourt season.
For the Tokyo Olympics, Germany’s Alexander Zverev won gold in the men’s singles competition, while Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic won gold in a 3-set thriller.
It’s still unsure what tennis players will compete in the upcoming Olympics, but since it’s a rae event, you can expect many big names to be there.
Canadian Open Masters, August 4-12
Initially a competition between Canadian and American tennis players, the Canadian Open is now on of two Masters tournaments in North America that lead into the US Open.
In 2023, Italy’s Jannik Sinner took out the men’s side of the draw, while America’s Jessica Pegula convincingly won 6-1, 6-0.
The big three – Nadal, Federer and Djokovic – have had great success in this event too; collectively winning 11 of the past 18 men’s singles titles.
Cincinnati Open Masters, August 12-20
This year it will be hard to back up from the Canadian Open into the Cincinnati Masters, especially if you have a deep run through the finals; the final day in Canada is the opening day south in Ohio.
In 2023, the stars took out the event with Djokovic winning the men’s and Coco Gauff securing the women’s title.
In the past it has been a stomping ground for Roger Federer, who has won the tournament a record seven times.
GRAND SLAM: US Open, August 26 – September 8
Like any Grand Slam event, the US Open gets ‘major’ coverage around the world and is up there as one of the most watched events in the States.
2023’s tournament was incredible with Coco Gauff winning her maiden Grand Slam and Djokovic winning US Open number four.
With another victory this year, Djokovic will equal the record for most US Opens with five alongside Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer.
Guadalajara Open Akron Masters, September 15-21 (based off 2023)
The official dates for the third iteration of the Guadalajara Open in Mexico hasn’t been announced as of late-October.
As a WTA Masters 1000 event, you can expect many big name players on the tour participating in the tournament.
In 2023, Greece’s Maria Sakkari took out the singles event, with doubles duo Elise Mertens of Belgium and Australia’s Storm Hunter winning the doubles.
China Open Masters, September 28 – October 8
Held in Beijing, the Chinese Open is a WTA Masters 1000 tournament, while for ATP players, its just a 500 event.
Due to the Shanghai Masters being held at the same time, its a more well known event for women’s tennis with an insane purse of $8 million USD.
One of best players in the women’s tour, Iga Swiatek, won the 2023 final, defeating Russian Liudmila Samsonova 6-2, 6-2.
Shanghai Masters, September 30 – October 7
Rounding out our list of major tournaments to watch throughout 2023 is the Shanghai Masters, which is one of the youngest big events on the world tennis circuit.
Starting in 2009, the event has been a feeding frenzy for Djokovic and British tennis star Andy Murray, who have won four and three times respectively.
The event is only on the ATP tour (the men’s competition), with Hubert Hurkacz taking out the 2023 tournament; the first Shanghai Open since 2019 due to COVID-19.