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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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Ajla Tomljanovic reaches the Wimbledon quarter finals for the second consecutive year

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Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic reached the quarter final at Wimbledon for the second consecutive year after a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win over France’s Alizé Cornet after 2 hours and 34 minutes. 

 

Tomljanovic had already beaten Cornet in three sets in the second round in last year’s edition of Wimbledon. 

The Australian player converted eight of his fourteen break points. She has become the first Australian player to reach consecutive Wimbledon quarter finals since Jelena Dokic advanced to the quarter finals in 1999 and the semifinals in 2000. 

Cornet reached her first Grand Slam quarter final at the Australian Open last January and broke Iga Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak in the third round at Wimbledon. 

Cornet earned a break to open up a 4-1 lead in the opening set.  Tomljanovic broke back in the seventh game for 3-4. Both players traded breaks in the eighth and ninth games. Cornet sealed the first set with a third break in the 10th game after 49 minutes. 

The second set started with a trade of breaks. Tomlanovic earned a break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Cornet broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Tomljanovic broke in the ninth game at deuce and served out the second set 6-4 at deuce. 

Tomljanovic earned a break for 2-1 in the third set after two consecutive double faults by Cornet. The Aussie player broke again in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead. Cornet pulled one of the two breaks back in the eighth game for 3-5, but Tomljanovic broke for the fourth game to seal the decider on her third match point setting up a quarter final against Elena Rybakina, who beat Petra Martic 7-5 6-3. 

Rybakina beat Tomljanovic 6-4 6-0 in the first round of the Madrid Mutua Open last year. 

“Today was crazy. Cornet’s level was really high from the get-go. I think the second point of the first game was so long that I thought to myself: ‘I don’t know if I am going to physically be able to keep up with her. It felt like a coin toss. She fights until the end. She wasn’t giving me much. That’s why in the end I was a little in disbelief that I actually came through”, said Tomljanovic. 

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WIMBLEDON: Simona Halep Impresses After Troublesome Physical, Mental Battle

2022 has been far from straightforward for the Romanian but she is seeing light at the end of the tunnel at The All England Club.

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For Simona Halep reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon is an achievement in itself after her recent misfortunes. 

 

It all began at the Italian Open last year where she sustained a calf injury that would force her to miss two major events, as well as the Tokyo Olympic Games. Recovering from the setback was far from simple for the former world No.1 who soon found herself struggling mentally to the extent that she considered walking away from the sport altogether.

However, she managed to regain her desire and passion for tennis with the help of Patrick Mouratoglou who has officially been her coach since April. Halep continues to work her way back to top shape and her form at Wimbledon proves perseverance pays off. 

Playing her fourth round match against fourth seed Paula Badosa, Halep stormed to an emphatic 6-1, 6-2, win in just over an hour. She dropped only two points behind her first serve and hit 17 winners against just nine unforced errors. It is the third time this year she has beaten a top 10 player after previously beating Badosa on another occasion, as well as Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.

“It means a lot that I’m back in the quarterfinals after I struggled so much with injuries and self-confidence,” said Halep.
“I’m working hard every day. I feel like if I do that, I will get better. I’m really happy with the way I’m playing. I’m really confident. It’s a pleasure to be on the court.”
“I think this helps me a lot to be able to do my best tennis. And everything comes together. I feel strong physically. I feel very good mentally.”

Speaking openly about her previous struggles, injury and confidence are two very different issues to deal with. But which one of those was the most difficult?

“It started with the injury, so I was not able to play for three, four months. Then I also lost the confidence, the belief that I can be good again, at the top. And I struggled for a long period,” she continued.
“But now it’s past. I’m here. I’m playing well. I’m feeling good on the court. So this is the most important thing, and I just want to focus on that.”

It is by no means a coincidence that Halep is thriving at Wimbledon considering her previous record. It was in 2019 when she produced a stunning display against Serena Williams to capture the title. Becoming the first and only player from her country to claim the women’s singles title. She has also reached the quarter-finals on three other occasions prior to this year.

“Grass is not an easy surface and you have to really connect with it. You have to get used to it.” Said Halep.
“I like it because it’s fast. I feel it. I feel stable on my feet. My legs are pretty strong for this surface. I feel my game fits it.”

As the only former Grand Slam champion left in the draw, Halep’s next test will be against Amanda Anisimova who defeated Harmony Tan 6-2, 6-3, in her fourth round match.

“I’m here to play as I did today, to focus on myself,” she states.
“I’m sure that I can play good tennis again. But it’s going to be a big challenge. It’s the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. I’m ready for it and I’m looking forward to it.”


Halep recently crushed Anisimova 6-2, 6-1, at the Bad Homburg Open in Germany. 

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Wimbledon: Quarter-Finalist Cristian Garin loves The Event But Not So much The Surface

The South American reacts to reaching his first major quarter-final.

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Cristian Garin (CHI) - Credit: AELTC/Ben Solomon

Just over a week ago, Cristian Gain admitted that he was ‘upset’ when he saw his draw for Wimbledon this year. 

 

The world No.43 was set to take on the formidable Matteo Berrettini in the first round who has won two grass-court titles in a row in recent weeks. However, the Italian was forced to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19. Instead, his opponent was the much lower-ranked Elias Ymer from Sweden who he defeated in straight sets. Since then, Garin hasn’t looked back.

On Monday at The All England Club, he staged an audacious comeback to defeat Alex de Minaur 2-6, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-6(10-6). Not only did Garin bounce back from two sets down, he also saved two match points in the process. Becoming the first player from his country to reach the last eight of the tournament since Fernando Gonzalez in 2005 and only the fourth in history to do so. 

“It is something very special for me. Wimbledon is my favorite tournament. Every time that I play this tournament is something special I feel,” said Garin.
“To be in the quarterfinals is a dream. I will try to enjoy it. I will try to give my best in the next round.”

Ironically Garin comes from a country where there are no grass courts. This year is his fifth appearance at Wimbledon and it was at the event where he made his Grand Slam debut back in 2017. However, like many other South Americans, clay is still his preferred surface.

“I said Wimbledon is my favorite tournament, not my favorite surface,” he jokes. 
“I think the grass is very fun for me. I have to change a little bit the way that I play. I think here on this surface you have to be aggressive.

Garin is one of only five ATP players from Chile currently ranked in the world’s top 500. Since April he has been coached by Pepe Vendrell who previously worked as a mentor to Roberto Bautista Agut and served as Spain’s captain in the ATP Cup. 

The next test for Garin will be a showdown against the formidable Nick Kyrgios who defeated Brandon Nakashima in his fourth round match.

“He is for me one of the guys that I like to watch. He’s very good for tennis,” he said of Kyrgios.
“In these rounds, you play the best. For me, Nick is obviously one of the best on grass.”

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