For the Love of Clay: 2016 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

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Top ten tennis and an intimate venue in an iconic location are poised to thrill fans for the 110th time at the 2016 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, Apr. 9-17, 2016. On the Monte Carlo Country Club’s red clay courts, number 1 seed Novak Djokovic, fresh from a third straight year win at the Miami Open, has his eye on the prize, along with an elite group amassing 9 of the top ten players.

Just four years younger than Wimbledon, the oldest tournament on the schedule, the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters has a long and storied history with many a star polished by a win on these courts. Here at Monte Carlo, however, anything can happen, with a stable of promising new players ready to cause an upset.

The Players, The Prize

While the play is the thing, this first of three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments opens April 9 with the Launch Party, gathering the top players in the men’s bracket for a top notch social event. With a total prize in 2015 of 3,288,52 Euros, over 700,000 of which went to the top player, it is no surprise that Djokovic, Murray, Federer, Wawrinka, Nadal, Berdych, and a host of top challengers in the men’s bracket will all put their best shots up for the win.

Photo Courtesy The Guardian Roger Federer
Photo Courtesy The Guardian
The Venue

The prestigious Monte Carlo Country Club, located just outside the Principality of Monaco in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, offers magnificent sea views from many areas in the stands. Door-to-door train service to the Monte Carlo Tennis Club train station, open only during the championship, conveniently connects Monaco, Grasse, Nice, Cannes, and most Côte d’Azur cities, stopping a short walk from the courts.

Photo Courtesy Monte Carlo Country Club
Photo Courtesy Monte Carlo Country Club

Refined, yet relaxed, this event attracts a stylish crowd. Dress is casual, but meticulous. Don’t forget the tux or the posh gown should you be planning a night on the town and in the casino. If there ever was a place to don the festive attire for an unforgettable evening, it is Monte Carlo.

The Social Scene

Several social events celebrate the tournament, including the draw announcement at the Oceanographic Museum at noon, April 9, and the Launch Party that evening at Zelo’s Club lounge at the Grimaldi Forum. In addition to dozens of private soirees, a favorite is the raucous Grande Nuit du Tennis players party on April 15.

Zelos Bar
Zelos Bar
Hotels

Of course, it is important to settle in with a nicely equipped hotel. The Monte Carlo Bay Hotel, with 75 percent of the rooms boasting sea views, a heated indoor/outdoor pool, and a sprinkling of restaurants, bars, and casinos including the notorious Jimmy’z, is just a 10-minute walk to the courts. The Monte Carlo Beach Hotel is a stunning modern hotel with a more intimate feel. The romantic Hôtel Hermitage is a haven in the heart of Monte Carlo. All would prove pleasant stays for the entire event.

Monte Carlo Bay Hotel a
Monte Carlo Bay Hotel
Dining

Cipriani makes an excellent lunch spot, but reservations are imperative. The Buddha Bar offers Asian cuisine in an exotic atmosphere, but again, reservations are advised. For a quick bite on site, Le Tie Break, Le Village, and Le Smash are located next to the courts. Le Terrasse next to the Court Rainier III offers a nice menu with a cocktail bar, and Pasta Corner near the Court des Princes a quick meal. Lenôtre will offer catered tables, and several snack stands are scheduled to offer quick menu response. Note that Le Grill at the Hôtel de Paris is currently closed for stunning renovations which will again offer one of the top spots during the 2017 tournament.

Cipriani Monaco
Cipriani Monaco
Shopping

Every trip to Monaco deserves a shopping excursion. For the latest in luxury style, Carré d’Or pays homage to every great design house, including Dior, Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, and Ichthys. For interior design shops and additional fashion stops, stroll along the Boulevard d’Italia and Avenue Princes Grace. Fontveille and The Métropole shopping centers harbor 36 and 80 shops respectively, with a mix of retail options. The Yacht Club de Monaco offers bespoke shopping from the likes of Brooks Brothers and Rolex, as well as yacht insurance, should you decide to truly splurge.

Yacht Charter

The Côte d’Azur in easy reach, this gorgeous Mediterranean view deserves some time on the water on board a luxurious yacht. After all, one can only watch so much tennis. Plan to spend some time adoring the coast on a splendid craft to complete the experience. Contact charterinquiry@TheBestofYachting.com should you wish to secure an appropriate charter.

2016 Monte Carlo Rolex Masters: http://montecarlotennismasters.com/
Monte Carlo Country Club: http://www.mccc.mc/
Monte Carlo Bay Hotel: http://www.montecarlobay.com/
Monte Carlo Beach Hotel: http://www.monte-carlo-beach.com/
Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo: http://www.hotelhermitagemontecarlo.com/
Monte Carlo Pavilions Shopping: http://www.montecarlosbm.com/wellness-sport/the-monte-carlo-pavilions/
La Condamine, The Port Boutiques: http://www.visitmonaco.com/en/Plan-your-stay/Shopping/La-Condamine,-the-Port-and-its-many-boutiques
Fontveille Shopping Centre: http://www.visitmonaco.com/en/Plan-your-stay/Shopping/Fontvieille-Shopping-Centre

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