Raonic, Harrison, Haase Star In Player Revue
World No. 6 Milos Raonic hosted a successful annual Player Revue on Wednesday night at the 117th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
Robin Haase starred in sketches as a mad scientist with Rohan Bopanna, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and David Ekerot, who portrayed a clone of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Haase later hosted the Robin Haase Show, where he conducted a funny ‘Never Have I Ever’ quiz with Tommy Haas, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Viktor Troicki.
Ryan Harrison portrayed the ‘Joker’ as Raven Klaasen, Qureshi and Rajeev Ram attempted to come up with new ways to better promote doubles, ending with a dance number.
#NextGenATP Alexander Bublik rapped Eminem with Harrison and Jean-Julien Rojer’s coach Nick van Rosberg. Bublik then portrayed Alexander Zverev as part of a ‘Talent in the Family’ sketch, which included Ekerot, Bopanna and Ram (as Mischa Zverev).
Internationally famous Italian baritone Nicola Alaimo, who is now singing ‘Il Trovatore’ at the Opera of Monaco, was joined on stage by Haase and Raonic for a rendition of O Sole Mio. Haase then briefly belted out Nessun Dorma.
There was also a tribute video to Andrew Florent, who passed away due to colorectal cancer aged 45 in August 2016. His regular doubles partner, Joshua Eagle, paid a moving tribute. The duo went 1-8 in ATP World Tour doubles finals, including a runner-up finish at the 2001 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (l. to Bjorkman-Woodbridge). Florent was a regular and keen participant in the Player Revue in the 1990s and 2000s.
Raonic was joined on stage by co-host Cristina Cimino at the Monte-Carlo Bay event, organised by Anna Galoppo and the ATP’s Cecilia Ghe, with the help of Ekerot.