Conference in Milan
The world tennis elite will be celebrating 110 years of sport, elegance and passion in Monte-Carlo
Milan, 13 October 2015.
During the press conference organized in Milan, at the Monaco Pavilion of the Universal Exposition, the Tournament Director, Zeljko Franulovic, revealed the major moments of the next Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
The first European tournament of the prestigious ATP World Tour Masters 1000 will take place from 9 to 17 April 2016, on the clay courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club. Organised by the SMETT (Société Monégasque pour l’Exploitation du Tournoi de Tennis), it is, along with the Formula 1 Grand Prix, one of most emblematic sports events of the Principality, and marks the start of the Spring season of sports and cultural events on the Riviera.
2016 edition will be of particular significance since it celebrates the 110th year of the Monegasque tournament. To mark this anniversary, the draw ceremony will take place in a setting steeped in the history of the Principality, that of the Oceanographic Museum, which celebrated its centenary in 2010.
The Tournament Director pointed out that in 2015 the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters beat a double record: that of a total of 134.795 spectators and also the high quality of the Main Draw, with, for the first time in the history of a Masters 1000, 15 out of 16 ranked players present in the round of 16. “Once again, I would like to thank all the players for their support and attachment to this tournament, who offered wonderful moments of tennis for the great pleasure of our spectators. The stadium was sold out from Tuesday through to Sunday”, declared Zeljko Franulovic, who also mentioned that the ticket sales for the next tournament was now open on Internet.
The 2015 edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters also confirmed an obvious fact: that of the unchallenged domination of Novak Djokovic on the world tennis scene. On centre court of the Monte-Carlo Country Club, renamed “Court Rainier III” during a ceremony that preceded the finals, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II and the Baroness Elisabeth-Ann de Massy, the Serbian won his second title in Monaco (after that of 2013) by beating Tomas Berdych in three sets (7/5, 4/6, 6/3) in a hard-fought final of great quality that lasted 2 hours 42 minutes.
In 2015, the world number 1 player entered into the history of his sport by winning three out of the four Grand Slams: the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open (runner-up at Roland-Garros).
Novelty this year, the organization of a day of entertainment specially dedicated to the Italian Tennis Clubs on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at the Monte Carlo Country Club.
Rendezvous from 9 to 17 April 2016 on the legendary courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club.