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The 111th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters launched in Milan




The 111th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters was officially presented to the Italian media during the traditional press conference in the Show Room of the Sergio Tacchini headquarters in Milan. Sergio Tacchini is one of the historic partners of the famous tournament, which will take place at the Monte-Carlo Country Club from 15th to 23rd April 2017.


The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, which kicks off the European clay season, is traditionally one of the most popular tennis events among Italian fans.

The Monte-Carlo Rolex masters Director Zeljiko Franulovic, who won this tournament in 1970, highlighted the main facts and figures of this year’s edition.

“No less than 35000 tickets to attend the 2016 edition of our tournaments were sold to Italian fans. Considering the great interest of Italian media, our press conference in Milan in October has become a very important tradition for our tournament. We want to thank all Italian media, partners and fans for their support. We can proudly look back to the 110th edition of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters It was a very successful edition from every point of view. The Draw was held in the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, which was inaugurated by Prince Albert I in 1910. The Draw was attended by Novak Djokovic. The tournament was inaugurated by a Launch Party organized by Madmoiselle Melanie de Massy. During the week of the tournament tennis stars took part at the Players Night Party at the Monte-Carlo Bay. Another important highlight was the traditional Great Night of Stars at the Sale des Etoilles. We had a great week of tennis with a lot of exciting matches. Eight of the top 10 players played in this year’s edition. The great week was crowned by the final between Rafa Nadal and Gael Monfils. Nadal won his ninth title in Monte-Carlo to the delight of fans, who attended the final and spectators from all over the world, who watched it all over the world. The tournament was broadcast in 80 countries. We want to thank our media partners like Canal Plus and France Television in France and Sky Sport in Italy. No less than 462 journalists attended our tournament. We registered a record figure of 135652 spectators this year, including 35000 fans from Italy. Italian media and partners are the key for the success of our tournament”, said Zeliko Franulovic.

A nice team was brought together with Wintex for Sergio Tacchini (historic brand for tennis), hoster of the event, with Patrizia Bolzoni, General Manager and Cristina Clerici, Communication Manager.

Many “ambassadors” for the main sponsors of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in fact were attending the meeting: Monica Soldini for Peugeot, historic partner of the French Open and now also of the ATP Tour and the Italian Open. Frank Swinkels, Dunlop Slazenger Group managing director for Central Europe together with Daniel Beswick, Italy marketing manager and Francesca Traldi VP International communication for Faconnable. Monaco honorary consul in Milan, Jacopo de Mojana di Cologna, was also attending.

Preparations for next year’s edition are in full swing. Franulovic announced some of the highlights of the 2017 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.

The "ambassadors" for the partners of Montecarlo Rolex Masters, from left to right: Monica Soldini (Peugeot), Jacopo de Mojana di Cologna (Monaco Consul in Milan), Francesca Traldi (Faconnable), Patrizia Bolzoni (Sergio Tacchini), Frank Swinkels e Daniel Beswick (Dunlop), tournament's director Zeljko Franulovic

The “ambassadors” for the partners of Montecarlo Rolex Masters, from left to right: Monica Soldini (Peugeot), Jacopo de Mojana di Cologna (Monaco Consul in Milan), Francesca Traldi (Faconnable), Patrizia Bolzoni (Sergio Tacchini), Frank Swinkels e Daniel Beswick (Dunlop), tournament director Zeljko Franulovic

“We are proud to announce that we have already renewed our partnership to Rolex, our Title sponsor since 2009. Sergio Tacchini will continue its partnership to our tournament for the next three years. In 2017 we will have a new logo of the Rolex to strengthen our partnership to our Title sponsor. The Main Draw will be held on Friday 14th April at the famous Exotic Gardens in Monaco at 18.30. The Launch Party will take place on Saturday 15th April at the Zelo’s.. The Great Night of Tennis will be held on Friday 21st April. The Kids day, which attracted 1700 children in 2017 will be organized on Sunday 16th April. The Media tournament supported by Sergio Tacchini will be held on Saturday 22nd April and Sunday 23rd April. We have just opened the ticket sale for the General Public.


“We launched a new on-line reservation tool in 3D to allow our fans to select their favourite seats more easily. With this reservation tool it is impossible to get the choice of seats wrong. We have already sold 30 percent more tickets than at the same stage of the year in 2015. We have already registered a rise in the number of ticket bookings from Italian tennis clubs. In 2016 we have announced the start of a new project involving the building of new facilities which will be completed in 2018. This includes a new interview room. Players enjoy playing in our tournament. I would sign today that we will have the same results as this year”, said Franulovic.



Auger Aliassime overcomes slow start to beat Seppi in Washington

The Canadian looked down and out early in the match but bounced back to avenge a loss he suffered at the French Open in June.




Second seed Felix Auger Aliassime survived a huge scare in his opening match at the Citi Open in Washington.

The Canadian was on the verge of being upset by the Italian Andreas Seppi but battled back to beat him 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 59 minutes. Blasting a total of 25 winners and nine aces in the win.


“In my mind, I wanted to find a way to come back. To get that early break in the second really helped me a lot and I think I served a little bit better and I put more volume and height on my shot,” said Auger-Aliassime. “I was more patient and in the first set I was missing too quickly in the rallies so digging deep physically and mentally allowed me to come back nicely in the match and to finish strong in the third set. I am happy with the way things turned around for me today”.

It was the world number 88 with the better start to the match and after both players held their opening service games he had two chances to get the early break and took a 2-1 lead. After consolidating the break, the Italian set up another breakpoint with a stunning forehand winner, broke again for a 4-1 lead, and served out the first set.

Auger-Aliassime was keen on getting back into the match and wanted to avoid a second straight upset loss to the Italian. After holding serve in the first game of the second set he had two chances to take an early lead and broke for the 2-0 lead with a forehand up the line of his very own on breakpoint. That was enough for him to serve out the second set and send the match into a decisive third set to decide the winner.

It was the Canadian who repeated what he did in the second set holding the opening service game and breaking Seppi’s serve with a sublime passing shot. The Italian responded the next game by breaking right back but failed to consolidate the break as the world number 15 broke again with his powerful backhand winner.

At 5-2, the Auger-Aliassime found himself at match point and it took him five attempts before being able to convert and seal the match. Avenging a loss he suffered at Roland Garros.

After the match in his post-match press conference, the Canadian was asked if he had the loss to Seppi at the French Open in the back of his mind during the match.

” In a way yes of course because we played once and he beat me and as a player, you never want to go down twice in a row against a player but it happens but in my case, I really wanted to find a way to win that match and get revenge just for myself to try and get the win”. he said.

Auger Aliassime will now face the winner of the second-round match between Jenson Brooksby or Frances Tiafoe in the third round.

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National Bank Open Suffers Tripple Blow As Top 10 Stars Pull Out

Canada’s most prestigious tennis event will be missing some top names in the women’s draw but organisers remain confident the tournament will still be a hit.





The tournament director of the National Bank Open says he is ‘still counting on exceptional players’ after a series of high-profile names pulled out of the women’s draw in Montreal.


Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek have pulled out of the event after competing in the Olympic Games. Osaka, who lit the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony, lost to Marketa Vonmdrousova in the third round. Meanwhile, Swiatek fell in the second round to Spain’s Paula Badosa.

“I am sorry to be missing out on Montréal this year,” said Osaka who reached the quarter-finals in 2019. “Sending my best to all the fans there, the tournament and the staff. I hope to see you all in Canada next year.”

Former French Open champion Swiatek said her decision to not play in Canada is because she wants to have a break after an ‘intense’ first half of the season. So far this year the world No.8 has won 28 out of 35 matches played, winning two titles in Rome and Adelaide. She has played at the Canadian event only once in her career which was two years ago when she reached the third round as a qualifier before losing to Osaka.

“I am very sorry but this year I will not be able to play in Montréal,” said Swiatek. “The first part of the season was so intense that I need a couple of days off to rest and prepare for the next few months. I’m looking forward to playing in Canada in 2022.”

Sofia Kenin completes the trio of withdrawals from the WTA 1000 event. The American is still recovering from a foot injury that has sidelined her from the Tour since Wimbledon.

“I’m really disappointed to withdraw from the event in Montréal next week,” said Kenin. “While I’m making progress, my foot injury is not where I need it to be to play at the highest level. I feel another week of recovery and rehab is necessary. I want to thank Tennis Canada for all its efforts in holding the event during such challenging times. Best of luck to all the players.”

Commonly known as the Canadian Open, both a men’s and women’s event are held during the same week but in different locations. This year the women will be playing in Montreal and men in Toronto. Each year they alternate between the two cities. Last year’s edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tournament director Eugène Lapierre is confident this year’s women’s draw will still live up to expectations despite the absence of some top names.

“We are still counting on exceptional players in the draw, including the 2019 champion, our very own Bianca Andreescu, as well as World No.3 Aryna Sabalenka and two-time National Bank Open champion Simona Halep. Fans should expect a few surprises because the draw has so much depth. Anything is possible, and that means some exciting tennis is in store!” He said.

Sabalenka will be the top seed in the women’s draw. The main draw will start on Monday.

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Vasek Pospisil survives scare at Citi Open

The Canadian battled back from a set down in what was a tricky opening encounter.




Vasek Pospisil was pushed to limits by qualifier Emilio Gomez in his opening match at the Citi Open.

The Canadian required three sets to beat the Ecuadorian qualifier 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 after two hours and 11 minutes of play. He hit a total of 10 aces en route to the second round.


” It’s always good to get through a tough one and I felt dialed in during the second set,” said Pospisil. “I was a little bit distracted during the first set but I am glad to get match play and getting the win is important so I am happy I got it done”.

The first three games of the opener went on serve and at 2-1 the Canadian had three chances to take an early break but the world number 165 saved all three and held serve. At 3-3, Pospisil played a poor service game and Gomez took full advantage by breaking him at love. That one break of serve was enough for him to serve out the first set.

The Canadian was determined to stay alive in the second and broke the Ecuadorian early to take a 2-0 lead and managed to turn it into a double break for a commanding 4-0 lead. Gomez got one of the breaks back but it wasn’t enough as the world number 61 would serve out the second set to force a decider.

The third set started with three breaks of serve but it was the Canadian that was finally able to hold serve and consolidate a break. That break was enough for him to serve out the match and complete the comeback.

Pospisil will next face the young American Sebastien Korda in the third round who is the 12th seed this week in the American capital.

” It’s going to be a tough one because he is playing some great tennis this year and he is an up and comer and a great player,” he said of Korda. “I will have to play really well to win that one because he is a dangerous player so I will have to serve well and return well”.

Other results

It was a busy day one at the Citi Open being held at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC with some thrilling matches. Kei Nishikori beat Sam Querrey in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 and Marcus Giron pulled a three-set comeback against Ilya Marchenko 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.

In the battle of the Belorussians, Ilya Ivashka beat Egor Gerasimov in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Meanwhile, Jenson Brooksby avenged a loss to the South African Kevin Anderson by beating him in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

Andreas Seppi needed three sets to dispatch Yasutka Uchiyama of Japan 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, Ricardas Berankis beat the American qualifier Mitchell Kreuger in straight sets 7-6, 6-2, and Daniel Elahi Galan beat another American Tommy Paul in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

Finally, in the last match of the day an American favourite, Jack Sock advanced to round two after his Japanese opponent Yoshito Nishioka was forced to retire due to injury during their match.

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