A well-attended event
Unlike other tournaments in this category, the top 30 players in the world are not required to take part, although the majority of them do choose to enter. Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal secured his eleventh victory in 2018 at the tournament. Between 2005 and 2012, he won the title eight consecutive times, making him the only player to have won the trophy eight consecutive times at the same tournament.
The Monte-Carlo Country Club, which plays host to this star opener of the professional tennis season, swings open its swanky doors to over 400 journalists from around the world and more than 135,000 spectators. The Monte-Carlo Country Club enhances and modernises its facilities each year to ensure that the tournament provides a memorable experience to everybody. This year is no exception, with the inauguration on Wednesday 17 April of the “Club des Loges”, an area exclusively reserved for box holders to relax with family, friends, and colleagues. The “Club des Loges” experience will include a lounge bar, conciergerie and, of course, large TV screens to follow the matches being played. Spectators and visitors will be spoilt for choice with the return of the following restaurants at the tournament: Le Tie-break, Le Village, Lenôtre, and Private Dining by the Fairmont Monte Carlo just to name a few - something to please every palate!
A venue to match Monaco’s image
Interestingly, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters was never always played in such revered settings. The event dates back to 1897 when it was held in a another location called the Monaco Lawn Tennis, and included both men and women in open, doubles and handicap categories. The tournament was moved several times thereafter to behind the Hotel de Paris, La Condamine, and even the roof of a garage called Auto-Riviera in Beausoleil in the 1920s!
American George Butler who had made his fortune selling cigarettes was a key instigator in ensuring that the tournament achieved its international glory. A tennis fanatic himself, Mr Butler campaigned for a long time with the Société des Bains de Mer for the construction of a large-scale tennis facility fitting of the the Principality’s image. His wish finally came true with the inauguration of the Monte-Carlo Country Club on 27 February, 1928.
Having celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is now an event on the agenda of tennis enthusiasts around the world. A favourite for players and fans alike due to its magnificent location and its long tradition of champions.
The 2019 edition of the tournament will be held from 13-21 April 2019
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