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

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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.

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“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.

 

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The ATP has revealed the nominees for the 2021 Awards for all players categories: Comeback Player of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship of the Year and for the Coach of the Year. 

 

Casper Ruud and his father Christian (a former world number 39 player) have picked up a total of three nominees. Ruud won five ATP Tour titles in Geneva, Baastad, Gstaad, Kitzbuhel and San Diego and is a candidate for the Most Improved Player of the Year and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. Christian is one of five nominees for the Coach of the Year Award together with Craig Broyntom (Hubert Hurkacz), Gilles Cervara (Danil Medvedev), Juan Carlos Ferrero (Carlos Alcaraz) and Facundo Lugones (Cameron Norrie). 

Carlos Alcaraz, Aslan Karatsev and Cameron Norrie are the nominees for the Most Improved Player Award. 

Felix Auger Aliassime, 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and Frances Tiafoe and Ruud are the candidates for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. Nadal won the Sportsmanship Award. 

Thanasi Kokkinakis, Mackenzie McDonald, Andy Murray and Jack Sock have been shortlisted for the Comeback player of the Year Award. 

The shortlist for the Newcomer of the Year Award includes Sebastian Baez, Jenson Brooksby, Juan Manuel Cerundolo, Hugo Gaston and Brandon Nakashima. 

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Serbia tops Kazakhstan to set up Davis Cup semifinal against Croatia

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Serbia set up a semifinal against Croatia in the Davis Cup by Rakuten as world number 1 Novak Djokovic led his team to a comeback win over Kazakhstan. 

 

Mikhail Kukushkin gave Kazakhstan a 1-0 lead with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 7-6 (13-11) win over Miomir Kecmanovic in the first singles match.  

Djokovic sent the Davis Cup quarter final match into a deciding doubles match after cruising past Alexander Bublik 6-3 6-4. The Serbian star scored his 17th consecutive singles win in a Davis Cup match. 

The Wimbledon champion returned to the court to team up with Nikola Cacic in their 6-2 2-6 6-3 win over Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov. 

Kukushkin beats Kecmanovic 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (13-11)

World number 182 Michail Kukushkin saved four match points to beat Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (13-11) in 3 hours and 16 minutes after an entertaining quarter final match at the Davis Cup by Rakuten in Madrid to give Kazakhstan a 1-0 lead over Serbia. Kukushkin fought back from 2-5 down in the deciding set and saved four match points before converting his fifth match point to win the tie-break of the third set 13-11. 

Kecmanovic earned an early break in the first game to take a 2-0 lead. Kukushkin pulled back on serve immediately to draw level to 2-2. Both players went on serve in their next service games en route to the tie-break. Kukushkin earned a mini-break to take a 2-1 lead. Kecmanovic pulled back on serve for 4-5, but Kukushkin earned his second mini-break to claim the tie-break 7-5. 

Kukushkin took an early 3-1 lead with a break in the fourth game of the second set. Kecmanovic pulled back on serve in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. The Serbian player converted his fifth set point on Kukushkin’s serve in the tenth game to seal the second set 6-4. 

Kecmanovic opened up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game of the third set. Kukushkin saved five five break points in the fourth game to avoid falling down 0-4. When Kecmanovic was serving for the match at 5-3, he dropped serve after wasting two match points. 

Kecmanovic was the first to earn match point in the tie-break but he hit a forehand long at 6-5. The Serbian player fended off four match points but Kukushkin converted his fifth match point to seal the breaker 13-11. 

Djokovic beats Bublik 6-3 6-4

Djokovic earned two break points with a forehand at 2-1. Bublik saved the first chance with an ace. Djokovic converted his second break point after Bublik made a drop shot error. Djokovic held his next service games to close out the first set 6-3. 

Djokovic went up a 2-1 lead with a break in the third game of the second set. The 20-time Grand Slam champion won close to 90% of his first service points to open up a 4-2 lead. He held his service game to love to take a 5-3 lead. Bublik held his serve fo 4-5 in the ninth game, but Djokovic served out the win on his second match point. 

“The Davis Cup is a team competition. It’s completely diffferent than any other competition”, said Djokovic. 

Serbia beats Kazakhstan 6-2 2-6 6-3

Djokovic and Cacic broke twice in the fifth and seventh games to win the opening set 6-2. 

Golubev and Nedovyesov converted their fourth break point in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. The Kazakh team sealed the second set 6-2 with a double break in the eighth game. 

Djokovic and Cacic earned two breaks in the fifth and ninth games to win the third set 6-3. 

“I am proud of the fighting spirit. We dropped off in the second set, but we bounced back and held our nerves. I am proud of Nikola and of my team”, said Djokovic. 

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Rafael Nadal To Skip ATP Cup Ahead Of Australian Open

Where will the former world No.1 play his first tournament of 2022?

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WASHINGTON, USA - August 4: Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Citi Open Tennis Tournament at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center on August 4, 2021 in Washington, USA (Photo by Peter Staples)

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will not be starting his season at the ATP Cup in Australia, according to a leading sports newspaper.

 

Marca has reported that the former world No.1 has opted to not play in the team event which is set to get underway on January 1st. Nadal is currently on the comeback from a foot injury and hasn’t played a competitive match on the Tour since August. Next month he will return to action in Abu Dhabi at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship which is an exhibition event.

“I am very happy to be back at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi,” Nadal said in a video released earlier this week. “I hope to see you soon there.”

It is understood that due to his off-season schedule Nadal has chosen to pass on the team event but it is unclear as to what or if he will play in any other events leading up to the Australian Open which will begin on January 17th. Besides the ATP Cup, four ATP 250 events will be staged in the lead up to the Grand Slam.

The 35-year-old isn’t the only top Spanish name set to miss the ATP Cup. It has also been reported that rising star Carlos Alcaraz and Marcel Granollerswill not be playing as they intend to arrive in Australia at a later date. Instead the team will be headed by Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta. Unlike the Davis Cup, the ATP Cup offers both ranking points and prize money to players.

Nadal has won 24 out of 29 matches played on the Tour this year before ending his season due to injury. He won the Italian Masters and Barcelona Open to increase his career ATP title tally to 88. In the majors he reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of the French Open.

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