The King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, won his record 10th title at the ATP Monte Carlo Masters by defeating fellow lefty Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Nadal became the first man in the Open era to win the same tournament 10 times. Later this season he has the chance to win the French Open and the Barcelona Open 10 times. With his win, Nadal takes the overall lead of 50 clay court titles in his career, the most ever. His total number of ATP tour titles won to date is 70. He has now moved up to World #5 on the ATP rankings.
SERENA REGAINS #1 RANKING DESPITE NOT PLAYING FOR THE REST OF 2017
Despite announcing her pregnancy last week and the fact that she has not hit a tennis ball since winning the Australian Open with no possibility that she will play for the rest of 2017, Serena Williams returned to the #1 slot this week as the points for winning in Stuttgart last week fall off of Angelique Kerber's record so she falls down to #2.
MARIA SHARAPOVA RETURNS TO TOUR THIS WEEK; CONTROVERSY ROILS AROUND WHETHER SHE WILL GET WILD CARDS AT MAJOR TOURNAMENTS
5-time major champion Maria Sharapova is returning to the WTA Tour this week, receiving a wild card directly into the main draw of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Tournament in Stuttgart. Many players feel like wild cards should be reserved for players who are returning to the tour after injury or some other reason, and not an 18-month drug ban. The real question will be what will happen when the two summer majors come around? Right now it looks like Sharapova will be given a wild card into the qualifying draw, which I think is a reasonable compromise.
FRANCES TIAFOE, 19, WINS THIRD CHALLENGER TITLE
Frances Tiafoe has long been touted as the future of American men's tennis. The 19-year-old African-American is now firmly in the Top 100, up to #72 in the rankings, and this week he won a third title on the Challengers tour, winning the Sarasota Open.