Rafael Nadal will head for uncharted waters next month, with the lure of a record 36th Masters 1000 title at stake at Paris Bercy.
The 13-time French Open champion will try and put his stamp on one of the few events where the title has eluded him; Nadal’s best Bercy showing was the 2007 final, where he lost to David Nalbandian.
Should the 34-year-old Spaniard break through for a trophy at the Bercy arena in eastern Paris, he would pull level on the all-time best Masters M1000 trophy mark with Novak Djokovic.
The Serb reached his 36th last month with a title in Rome.
Nadal has a patchy record in Paris, due partly to its scheduling as the penultimate event of any season prior to the year-end ATP Finals,
His record at the venue stands 19-5 as he competes for the eighth time.
The field could be more open than usual for Nadal, with world No. 1 Djokovic skipping the tournament and Roger Federer out until 2021.