20 out of 20

20 out of 20: The world tennis elite in Monaco to mark the start of the clay season

Paris, Tuesday 14th March 2023 – During the press lunch organised in Paris, at the head office of Moët Hennessy, David Massey, the new Tournament Director, revealed the list of 45 players automatically admitted to the Main Draw and presented the highlights of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters 2023.

Coming after the first two American ATP Masters 1000 of the year, the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, organised from April 8 to 16 by the S.M.E.T.T. (Société Monégasque pour l’Exploitation du Tournoi de Tennis), is the first major European tournament, which opens the clay season, on the legendary courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club, presided over by Miss Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy.

The launch of this 116th edition will take place in the heart of the Principality, when the Main Draw, organised on Friday April 7, at 5 p.m., will be held in the lounges of the very elegant Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, with its Belle Epoque ambience, in the presence of Stefanos Tsitsipás, who won his second consecutive singles title last year, while the pair Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury (United States/England), won the doubles.

An exceptional line-up with the presence of the best world players

David Massey has announced the participation of the top 20 players in the ATP rankings, led by the Serbian Novak Djokovic, recent winner of the Australian Open, who has just started his 380th week as world number 1. A record in history, previously held by Steffi Graff, the living legend of women’s tennis, who, during her career, remained 377 weeks at the top position. The field also includes the young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz (N°2), Stefanos Tsitsipas (N°3), the Dane Casper Ruud (N°4), the American Taylor Fritz (N°5), Daniil Medvedev (N° 6), Andrey Rublev (N°7), Holger Rune (N° 8), without forgetting Félix Auger-Aliassime (N°10) and Rafael Nadal, who has been absent from the courts since January due to an injury.

“Rafa was the first player to sign up. He wants to play in Monaco and is giving himself every chance to be able to participate in this tournament that he loves so much, and which he has won eleven times in singles, including a record eight consecutive titles between 2005 and 2012,” said David Massey, the successor to Zeljko Franulovic.

On the French side, most of the players will be present, including Gaël Monfils (N°35), Richard Gasquet (N°36), Benjamin Bonzi (N°37).

Added to this Main Draw will be the 7 players from the qualifiers, as well as the 4 wild-cards, making a total of 56 players.

A new village between land and sea

On the initiative of its President, Miss Mélanie-Antoinette de Massy, eager to assert the Mediterranean identity of this exceptional site with its panoramic view, the prestigious courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club will integrate a new village, which has been completely redesigned and modified, so that all the terraces face south.

A new initiative for this emblematic event, which nevertheless maintains its traditional dates that make up the identity of this centenary tournament. Thus, the Kids’ Day will be organised on Sunday April 9, while the Grande Nuit du Tennis, a gala evening organised every year since 1992 in the legendary Salle des Étoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo, will take place on Saturday evening to pay tribute to the two Finalists.

Charity action renewed

After reminding us that the tournament, in partnership with BNP Paribas, had raised 30,707 euros last year for the benefit of the Princess Grace Hospital Center and offered 200 seats in gratitude to the hospital staff, David Massey announced that the Tournament would support, in 2023, the GEMLUC Association (Group of Monegasque companies in the fight against cancer) which funds research and the latest technology equipment.

From April 8 to 16, 2023, come and live the excitement of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

To consult the official list of players: PLAYERS

Press contact : presse@smett.mc

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