Monaco prides itself on being 'a land of international tennis’, a title well deserved considering that this year’s Rolex Masters will be the 111th edition of the event. Every spring, the clay courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club welcome the first European round of the annual ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and it’s a date that, along with the Grand Prix de Monaco, has come to represent the the start of the season for sporting and cultural events in the Côte d’Azur.
We won’t know the official list of tennis stars taking part at this year’s tournament, from 15th to 23rd April 2017, until mid-March, but it’s certainly fair to say that the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters attracts a world-class pedigree of players year-in, year-out.
During a press conference last October in Milan, tournament director Zeljko Franulovic revealed the success of the 2016 edition, saying, “With eight out of the 10 best players in the world present at our event… I would like to thank all players for their loyalty and commitment to our tournament, which every day offered superb matches to the great delight of the 135,652 spectators. The Court Rainier III was sold out from the Tuesday to Sunday and the Court des Princes was equally full from the Tuesday onwards.”
Tickets for the imminent tournament have been on sale to the public since 17th October 2016 when organisers SMETT - Société Monegasque pour l’Exploitation du Tournoi de Tennis - proudly unveiled a new interactive 3D tool that allows spectators to view the Court Rainier III from a selected seating area. It’ll be impossible to choose the wrong seat! For this year’s edition, the Main Draw will be taking place on Friday 14th April - the day before the tournament begins - at 6.30pm in the Jardin Exotique de Monaco.
The events schedule for the tournament itself, not including the many battles that will dominate the Monte-Carlo Country Club, includes: the signature Launch Party on Saturday 15th at Zelo’s; a Children’s Day on Sunday 16th of workshops, virtual tennis competitions and signing sessions by the players in the activity area of the venue; and the traditional Grande Nuit du Tennis on Friday 21st at the Salle des Étoiles.