The Monte-Carlo Masters is an annual tennis tournament for male professional players held in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, a commune that borders on Monaco. The event is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour. The tournament is played on clay courts and is held every year in the April–May period.
|2019 Monte-Carlo Masters|
|Venue||Monte Carlo Country Club|
|Draw||56S / 28Q / 24D|
|Prize money||€5,207,405 (2019)|
|Current champions (2018)|
|Men's singles||Rafael Nadal|
|Men's doubles|| Bob Bryan |
The Monte Carlo tennis championship was first held in 1897. It became an "Open" event in 1969. From 1970 through 1972 and from 1978 through 1989 it was a major tournament of the Grand Prix Tour as part of the Grand Prix Super Series top tier events. In 1973 the tournament was part of the Rothmans Spring Mediterranean Circuit. From 1974 through 1977 the tournament was part of the World Championship Tennis (WCT) circuit. In 1990 it became an ATP Championship Series Single Week tennis event.
Beginning in 2009, Monte Carlo became the only ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament not to have a mandatory player commitment. Most of the top players still elect to play the event despite this status.
Rafael Nadal won the title eight consecutive times between 2005 and 2012, making him the only player to win eight consecutive titles at the same tournament. In 2017, contesting his 11th final against Albert Ramos Viñolas, he won the title for an Open Era record 10th time. The following year, Nadal improved this record to 11 wins in a final against Kei Nishikori.
Source: The tennisbase
- Most titles: Rafael Nadal, 11
- Most consecutive titles: Rafael Nadal 8, (2005–12)
- Most finals: Rafael Nadal, 12, (2005–13, 2016–18)
- Most consecutive finals: Rafael Nadal, 9, (2005–13)
- Most matches played: Rafael Nadal, (72)
- Most matches won: Rafael Nadal, (68)
- Most consecutive match wins: Rafael Nadal (46, 2005–13)
- Most editions played: Fabrice Santoro, (17)
- Best Match winning %: Reginald Doherty and Pierre Pellizza 100%
- Longest final: Gottfried von Cramm v Henner Henkel, result: 4–6, 4–6, 7–5, 6–4, 7–5 (54 games) (1936)
- Shortest final: Reginald Doherty v Graf Victor Voß, result: 6–2 RET (8 games) (1899)
- Oldest champion: Gordon Francis Lowe, 38y 8m and 6d (1923)
- Youngest champion: Mats Wilander, 18y 7m and 7d (1983)
Notes and referencesEdit
- "Navettes". Monte Carlo Masters. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
- John Barrett, ed. (1974). World of Tennis '74. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 330, 331. ISBN 9780362001686.
- Digby Baltzell, E. (2013). Sporting Gentlemen : Men's Tennis from the Age of Honor to the Cult of the Superstar. Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers. p. 73. ISBN 9781412851800.
- Ayres' Lawn Tennis Almanack and Tournament Guide and other sources list him as winner, but according to Aujourd'hui 100 Ans 1897–1997 - Le Tournoi de Monte-Carlo by Michel Sutter (1997) and other sources the tournament didn't take place.
- "Monte Carlo Tournament Records". thetennisbase.com. The Tennis Base, 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.