Along the French Riviera bordering Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament takes place each year in April. The main court overlooks the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. An amazing place to visit, it’s been the site of this tennis event for 123 years.
As a male-only tournament, it’s part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. Let’s look into some of the details surrounding the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament. If you plan to attend this tennis tournament or want to watch it on television, this guide will help you.
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Table of Contents
About the Monte-Carlo Masters
How to Get Tickets to the Monte-Carlo Masters Tournament
Where to Stay for the Monte-Carlo Masters
Getting Around Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
How to Make Your Monte-Carlo Masters Experience Great
How to Watch the Monte-Carlo Masters Tournament On TV
The Monte-Carlo Masters tournament is currently sponsored by Rolex, the luxury timepiece company. The tournament’s origins date back to 1897.
Many of the best male players in the world come to compete at this tournament. In fact, many players practice in the area during the offseason. Novak Djokovic, Petra Kvitova, and many other top players claim residence in Monaco.
The Monte-Carlo Masters tournament takes place at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.
This is located in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France which is considered a commune in the French Republic, located right next to the country of Monaco. Many people mistakenly think that Monte-Carlo is part of Monaco.
The dates for the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters are April 10 – April 18.
The tournament takes place in April each year, before the Madrid Open, and several weeks after the Miami Open. It’s the first major tournament of the clay-court season which concludes with the French Open in late May.
For 2020, the Monte-Carlo tournament was canceled due to concerns from COVID-19.
We will update here if the 2021 dates change with any COVID-19 complications as the spring approaches.
The current champion of the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters for singles is Fabio Fognini of Italy.
The current doubles champions for 2019 are Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor of Croatia.
The surface of the court at the Monte-Carlo Country Club is an outdoor red clay court surface.
The prize money for the Monte-Carlo Masters in 2019 was €5.2 million.
The ranking points in 2019 for men’s singles and doubles were the following:
The best way to get tickets to the Monte-Carlo Masters tournament is through their official website. They have an online booking system, but you can also email or call them as well. That contact information is also listed on the website.
The Main Center Court (Court Rainier) holds 10,000 fans with upper and lower level seating. The Court Des Princes is a smaller court where some of the main matches take place. You must buy tickets to each of those big courts specifically to see those matches.
There are 21 total courts at the venue and those 19 smaller courts are where many of the players will be practicing. If you have tickets to the event, you are welcome to walk around the grounds to check out these courts as well.
There are many hotel options within walking distance of the Roquebrune-Cap-Martin region of France for the Monte-Carlo Masters.
Airbnb is also an option because many people rent out grand condos or rooms in their homes along the Mediterranean Sea that are right near the Monte-Carlo Masters.
The best way to get around the Roquebrune-Cap-Martin region of France, if your hotel isn’t within walking distance, is to schedule a taxi in advance. There isn’t an Uber or Lyft service available that is legal in this part of France.
There is a free shuttle bus that runs along Princess Grace Avenue during the tournament. Plus, if you have a ticket to the tennis matches, you can take any of the buses around the city to the event for free. All you have to do is show them your ticket when you board the bus.
The grounds of the Monte-Carlo Country Club are gorgeous. It’s right by the Mediterranean Sea with expansive views all around. You can walk around to all the courts to see players gearing up to competing for the Masters 1000 trophy.
You want to make sure you arrive at the tournament early. Your seats will be specific for each of the main stadiums, but you’ll need time to call a taxi to arrive on time. The matches begin at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. depending on the day, so make sure to check the schedule before you go.
All of the courts are located outdoors, and the sun during the springtime in France, and along the sea, can be quite intense. Make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen, and dress for the warm weather. The average temperature in this part of France in April is in the mid-60’s (°F).
Food and drink is readily available at the Monte-Carlo Country Club, with seven restaurants available on site. Keep in mind, it’s pretty expensive to eat there, but some of the smaller vendors around the venue are a little less pricey.
There are shops and boutiques located on the property, so there are plenty of options to purchase souvenirs while you are visiting.
You can watch all the tennis action of the Monte-Carlo Masters on cable with the Tennis Channel. With a subscription to Tennis Channel Plus, you can stream the tournament and choose which match you want to watch.
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Will Boucek is the Founder & CEO of The Tennis Tribe. He has played tennis for over two decades, including in college. Will has worked with ATP & WTA tour players and coaches. He currently lives in Austin TX where he plays USTA leagues & tournaments, writes about tennis, and teaches doubles workshops.