Created in 1987, the Monte-Carlo tournament is one of the oldest tennis competitions in the world. Over the years, it became one of the most important in the ATP tour.
Classified in the Masters 1000 category, it is one of the tennis major events in the world, just behind the four Grand Slams tournament.
Organized on the clay of the mythic Monte-Carlo Country Club, just before Roland-Garros Grand Slam, it often reflects its tendency. Winner in 2016, Rafael Nadal won 9 times this tournament, as much as the Parisian fortnight.
Since 1897, the tournament has always taken place except during the wars (1914-1918 and 1939-1945).2017 will be the 110th edition.
Play every year in Monte-Carlo. 45 players are qualified automatically, 7 have to do a qualifying competition and 4 get an invitation (wildcard)
The total prize money for the competition in 2016, single and double included.
Nearly 130 000 spectators attended the first Monegasque week in 2016. The Rainier III court ‘s capacity in Master 1000 is 10 200 seats.
From Festa to Country Club
11 victory from 1919 to 1923 for Suzanne Lenglen in her dress designed by Jean Patou.
Work is in progress, the new resort is taken shape and will be inaugurated one year later.
The first tournament organized in the new Monte-Carlo Country Club in 1928.
The french duo for the Butler Trophy‘s final (double men) Jacques Brugnon and Henri Jean Cochet, with Mrs Butle.
First husband of the Princess Antoinette, Aleco Noghès is posing for a picture with the Monte-Carlo Beach in the. During the 30’s the MCCC, the « Beach » and the Summer Sporting gave life to the Larvotto that we know today.
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Princes of the Clay
Among several players that shined on the clay of Monte-Carlo Country Club, here are seven that marked or will mark again the tournament.
winner 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016
Record man of the number of victories (9), « Rafa » bowled over the record of Reginald Frank Doherty, winner of the first edition in 1897, and of five other tournaments right before the advent of the era Open (1968). From 2005 and 2012 the Spanish won eight times consecutively. After three years of shortage, he finally reconnected with success in 2016.
winner 1971, 1972, 1973, winner in double 1971, 1973, 1979
The Romanian Legend of tennis ruled the tournament in the early 70’s with three consecutive victories. In 1971 and 1973 he also won the doubles tournament. He has been beaten in final by Andrew Pattinson in 1974. His victory in the 1978 double tournament was his last performance in Monte-Carlo.
inner 1977, 1979, 1980
Beaten in 1973 during the final against Ilie Anastase. Despite he did not win as many tournament as in Roland Garros (6 victories) or Wimbledon (5 victories), the Swedish celebrity still won three times in Monte-Carlo. He played his last game there in 1984where he has been beaten by the very young Henri Leconte (19 years old at this time). He came back 7 years later, in 1991, but this return has been unsuccessful.
winner 1992, 1995, 1996
In the heart of the 90’s, the Austrian performed wonders on clay. He won first in 1992 in Monte-Carlo and a second time in 1995 (40 consecutive victories on clay in Roland-Garros that same year) and a third one in 1996, year in which he stayed at the top of the ATP list during 6 weeks.
winner 2013, 2015
16th April of 2012, thunderclap on the central court ! Winner 8 times in a row, Nadal lost again “Djoko”, who wins for the very first time in Monte-Carlo. On year before, the Serbian champion has lost for the second time in finale against the Spanish (first time in 2009. In 2015, he won again at home, him the Monegasque’s resident and AS Monaco’s fan.
finalist 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014
t is almost a curiosity. Tennis living legend, n°1 ATP in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, winner of all the Grand Slam (17 in total), Roger Feder has never won on Monegasque’s clay. Neither one of the players has played as much final as him without a win. Damnation!
Battu au premier tour en 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 et 2013, au deuxième en 2008 et 2014, forfait en 2010, 2011, 2012, quart de finaliste en 2015… Le parcours monégasque de Gaël Monfils fut un long chemin de croix avant qu’il ne soit, en 2016, le premier français à atteindre la finale depuis Cédric Pioline en 1998. S’il s’est incliné face à un Nadal renaissant, il aura peut-être l’occasion de faire mieux lors des prochaines éditions…
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A fan called “Djoko”
Monégasque Resident, Novak Djokovic is a fervent supporter of the AS Monaco.
When he isn’ t engaged in a tournament,the world tennis n°1 benefits of the tranquility of the Principality to rest and to train.Numerous times the installations of the AS Monaco have been put to his disposition.In the stands “Djoko”isn’ t the type of person to hide his emotions.Red and White fan has become an evidence to him as he has fallen in love of the Principality.Besides he has opened a vegan restaurant in spring
2016.Unfortunately for him, he wasn’ t able to succeed in the Rolex Masters in the wake,but nobody doubts that he will write his name again on the winner list in the future.
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The MCC it is the whole year!
When it doesn’t put itself in Rolex Masters mode,the Monte-Carlo Country Club allows it members to dispose of 22 courts of clay court,of a fitness centre,a beautiful pool with view of the sea and squash courts.
At the MCC we practice also snooker or the bridge.In the summer the Lounge Bar with its cocktails accompanied of finger food and its Lounge ambiance offers very beautiful evenings.The restaurants ‘’ The Club House” and the “SunSet” located by the pool are ideal for lunch.Private dinners,only with reservation,are also organised in this tennis temple that also is a temple of relaxation and of well -being.
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Finalist beaten in 2015 by Novak Djokovic,the Czech player,Tomas Berdych,has encountered a team of the AS Monaco TV before the 2016 edition.
Rather discreet outside his tennis exploits,such as a double victory in the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2013,Tomas Berdych has delivered a very pleasant interview in front of the cameras and the outside.Like Novak Djokovic,Tomas lives in the Principality and has come several times to the Stade Louis-II,notably during the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League against Juventus Turin in 2015.If he admits of not being an excellent football player,the compatriot of Jan Koller recognises that he follows closely the AS Monaco results.From now on,it is with a flocked shirt to his name that he will!