Tennis' version of March Madness

The tennis season is much deeper than the four Grand Slam events. The Masters Series is upon us, and success here can shape a player's entire season.

Updated: March 5, 2007, 4:17 PM ET
By Matt Wilansky | ESPN.com

Does it seem like the tennis season all but disappears following the initial high of the Australian Open? That the months following the first Grand Slam act only as an overture until the French Open arrives in late May?

While that perception is understandable, the reality is the results in between the first two Grand Slams have a significant impact on the season.

A majority of the top-notch players assemble for the month of March as the Masters Series gets under way. It ...

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