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The Monte-Carlo Rolex Master was officially presented in Milan




The 2016 edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Master was officially presented today at the Monaco Pavillion at the Expo in Milan. The 110th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Master, part of the Master 1000 series, will be taking place from 9th to 17th April on the legendary clay courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club in the most picturusque backdrop to a centre court anywhere in the world


Zeliko Franulovic, who won this tournament in 1970 beating Manuel Orantes and has worked as Director of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Master for 10 years, spoke to the Italian media about the big success of this tournament among Italian fans in 2015 and the expectations for the 2016 edition.

“Our tournament attracted a record figure of 134.795 spectators last year. We were sold out from Tuesday to Sunday. No less than 40000 tickets were sold to Italian fans and I would like to thank all the fans by holding our press conference in Milan. Last year 15 of the top 16 seeds reached the third round. The past edition was highlighted by many events like the mini-tennis exhibition with Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, the Draw Ceremony at Yatch Club with the presence of 2014 Monte-Carlo winner Wawrinka, the traditional “Grande Nuit du Tennis” at the Sporting Monte-Carlo with Rafa Nadal and the Players’ evening. Roger and Mirka Federer were invited for a private lunch at the Prince’s Palace of Monaco by HSH Prince Albert II and HSH Princess Charlene. We held a humanitarian exhibition thanks to the initiative of 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic. The profits were donated to Monaco charities”, said Franulovic.

“ We had an excellent television coverage thanks around the world. We want to thank our French television partners Canal + and France Television which broadcast the semifinals and the final. We want to thank our Italian media partners Sky Sport, La Gazzetta dello Sport and Radio Monte-Carlo for their great support. The Monte-Carlo Rolex Master was covered by 370 journalists from all over the world.

The greatest clay specialists like Bjorn Borg, Thomas Muster,Gustavo Kuerten, Juan Carlos Ferrero and more recently Rafa Nadal (eight-time Monte-Carlo champion), Stan Wawrinka (winner in 2014) and Novak Djokovic (winner twice in 2013 and 2015) have won on the courts of the Monte-Carlo Country Club. In 2014 Wawrinka beat Roger Federer in the all-Swiss final to claim the first Master 1000 of his career. Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych in the 2015 edition with 7-5 4-6 6-3 to win the 23rd Master 1000 title of his career.

“We have not a big site. What we are trying to do is to work on the quality of the event, on improving the service for the players. For the next edition we will build a very modern gym for players. We expect the top-10 players will take part in the next edition. We are lucky because our tournament is held in spring and players are still in good form and are eager to play”

!Our tournament was a lucky event for Novak Djokovic, who won two of the last three editions and for Wawrinka, who won in Monte-Carlo in 2014 and went on to take the Roland Garros in 2015. It was not a surprise that Rafa Nadal lost the title in Monaco after reigning for eight consecutive years, which is a record in itself. We are confident that Rafa will come back to his old level as long as he is healthy.  Next year the Draw  Ceremony will be held in the Oceanographic Museum which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010”, said Franulovic

Franulovic explained the difference between the 1970 edition when he triumphed and the modern Rolex Master.

“When I won this tournament there were just three courts without stands. Now we have a Centre Court named after Rainier III with a capacity of 10000 spectators”,  said Franulovic


French Open Crowd Crossed The Line, Says Frustrated Alex de Minaur

The Australian explains why he wasn’t entirely happy with the atmosphere in the French capital.




Alex de Minaur didn’t hide his irritation with fans at Roland Garros following his shock exit from the tournament on Tuesday.


The 19th seed fell to home player Hugo Gaston in a five-set epic that lasted more than four hours. De Minaur had a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but ended up losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(10-4) to the world No.74. He has now lost in the first round of the French Open in four out of six appearances.

During the match De Minaur had to contend with a boisterous crowd who were cheering on Gaston. He faced some booing and jeering from those in the stands which the world No.20 was not happy about.

“I think there is a difference between a great atmosphere and supporting your fellow countrymen, which is completely fine and it’s great. I’m sure for him was an amazing atmosphere, he enjoyed every second of it.” De Minaur said afterwards.
“But there is a line that, when I’m getting told things by people in the crowd, making eye contact with me after I hit a double fault, I think there is a certain line that needs to be kind of looked at.”
“Good on him (Gaston) for playing a great match in front of his home crowd and being able to feed off that, and you know, having a moment that I’m sure he won’t forget.”

De Minaur refused to go into what exactly was being said to him from certain members of the crowd but insisted that he was not being intimidated by what was occurring on the court. Towards the end of the match a series of unforced errors, including double faults, costed him dearly.

“I’m pretty sure I dealt with it pretty well, all things considering,” he said. “I was in the moment. I was in the heat of the moment battling out there. It felt like kind of an away Davis Cup match, and I thrive on that. It was a lot sometimes and sometimes you do your best to focus on playing a tennis match. There are outside factors that you do your best to control.“

Heading into Paris, De Minaur had shown encouraging results on the clay with semi-final runs to tournaments in Barcelona and Lyon. He also reached the third round in Rome and took a set off Andrey Rublev when they clashed in Monte Carlo.

Given those recent results on the Tour, it is clear that the latest defeat is one that will sit with him for a while.

Ideally, I will sleep tonight and I will forget all about it, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case,” de Minaur admits.
“It’s disappointing, as everything is, it is what it is. It’s a sport that we are playing. You have your good days, your bad days. You win absolute battles; you lose absolute battles.”

As for Garon, he will face Argentine qualifier Pedro Cachin in the second round. This year’s draw is a golden opportunity for the Frenchman with him guaranteed to not play a seeded player until at least the last 16 if he makes it that far.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.





Novak Djokovic (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

By Kingsley Elliot Kaye

In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.


Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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Injury-Hit Borna Coric Reacts To First Grand Slam Win In 16 Months

The Croat admits he was unsure how his shoulder would hold up in his opening match at Roland Garros.




Borna Coric - US Open 2020 (via Twitter, @usopen)

Borna Coric said he is relieved that his body managed to hold up during his opening win at the French Open on Sunday.


The former world No.12 spent almost three hours on the court before defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in what was his first Grand Slam match of any kind since the 2021 Australian Open. Paris is only the seventh tournament Coric has played in since returning to the Tour following a year-long absence due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

It does feel great. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my shoulder because I’ve never been in the fourth set, fifth set (of a match) for one-and-a-half years,” said Coric.
“So it was also kind of worrying for me, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how I’m going to feel and how my whole body is going to behave in those later sets. Obviously I’ve been practicing it, but it’s really never the same.”

Impressively the Croat produced a total of 54 winners against 39 unforced errors in his latest match in the French capital. Furthermore, he won 76% of his first service points and 53% of his second.

“The last few weeks haven’t been very easy, I lost many tight matches. I mean, I was also quite happy with my tennis, but I was just losing,” he reflected.

Coric was once tipped to be the future of men’s tennis after rising quickly up the ranks at a young age. In 2014 he was the youngest player to end the season in the top 100 and a year last he was the youngest to do so in the top 50. He has recorded a total of nine wins over top five players, including Roger Federer, as well as winning two Tour titles.

In the second round at Roland Garros Coric will take on the formidable Grigor Dimitrov who has been ranked as high as third in the world. He will enter the clash as the underdog given his ongoing comeback from injury. At present Coric’s principal focus is on his body but that will change in the coming weeks.

Until Wimbledon my health needs to come first and after Wimbledon I can kind of try to switch in my mind so I can start playing more and more tournaments. I can train more and I can focus more on the tennis rather than on my shoulder,” he explains.

Coric has reached the third round of the French Open on four previous occasions.

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