Rafael Nadal goes for an amazing tenth Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters title as he is joined by an all-star cast including Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic at the 2017 Monte-Carlo Masters, live from 16-23 April.
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Who is playing the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in 2017?
The vast majority of the ATP World Tour’s top players return to Monte Carlo once again as Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal lead the field at the 2017 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, live from Sunday 16 April to Sunday 23 April.
World no. 1 Andy Murray will be returning to action for the first time since his early defeat at the Indian Wells Masters, having skipped the Miami Masters to rest an elbow injury which could be partly responsible for what has been a sub-par season by Murray’s standards. Runner-up at the French Open in 2016, Murray’s clay-court game continues to improve and he is bidding for his first title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, having reached the semifinals three times.
Murray is joined at the head of the 2017 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters field by two men who know all about winning on clay – and winning in Monte Carlo to boot.
No one apart from Rafael Nadal has won a tournament more than eight times in the Open Era – and Nadal has done it no fewer than three times, holding nine titles each at the Barcelona Open, the French Open and the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he became the only man to win a tournament for eight consecutive years when he ruled Monte Carlo from 2005 to 2012. Defeated in the 2013 final by Novak Djokovic, Nadal reclaimed the title in 2016 when he beat Gael Monfils in the final – and after three runner-up finishes and no title so far in 2017, the King of Clay will be hoping to make his return to his favourite surface a victorious one.
Djokovic himself, also sidelined for Miami due to an elbow injury, is also back to ATP World Tour action at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters where he goes for his third title after triumphing in 2013 and 2015. With the defense of his hard-won French Open title coming up, Djokovic will be frantic to regain his winning form in Monte Carlo.
Nadal, Djokovic and Murray are joined by 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka and fellow top-10 players Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, as well as by former Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters runners-up Gael Monfils and Tomas Berdych and rising stars Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev when the 2017 Monte-Carlo Masters begins on Sunday 16 April.
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 2017 seeds
|1||1||Andy Murray||SF (2009, 2011, 2016)|
|2||2||Novak Djokovic||Champion (2013, 2015)|
|3||3||Stan Wawrinka||Champion (2014)|
|4||5||Rafael Nadal||Champion (2005-12, 2016)|
|5||8||Marin Cilic||QF (2015)|
|6||9||Dominic Thiem||R16 (2016)|
|7||10||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||SF (2013, 2016)|
|8||12||Grigor Dimitrov||QF (2013, 2015)|
About the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
One of the most prestigious and iconic ATP World Tour events, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters marks the beginning of the clay-court season proper when it takes place each year in mid-April.
Despite the fact that it is the only one of the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Series events not to feature a mandatory player commitment, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters nevertheless draws an extremely strong field year after year as the best in men’s tennis almost without exception unfailingly chose the Monte-Carlo Masters as the site of their return to the terre battue of Europe.
Despite the name, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is actually held in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, a commune that borders Monaco – but all of the old-school European glamour traditionally associated with the words ‘Monte Carlo’ is in evidence at the long-running, glittering event. The clay courts of the Monte Carlo Country Club, high above the Mediterranean, are some of the most beautiful and picturesque imaginable and the show court, Court Rainier III, features a spectator capacity of 10,200.
First played in 1897, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters celebrated its centenary in 2006. Originating in the dying days of the nineteenth century, the tournament continued through the first Edwardian flush of tennis’s popularity and into the 1920s-30s Riviera heyday when you could say with Hercule Poirot: ‘Sooner or later one meets everyone at the tennis.’ Since the Open Era began in 1968 – the year that Italian legend Nicola Pietrangeli won his third title – the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters has included many of the most famous names in tennis among its champions, including Ilie Nastase, Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl and Gustavo Kuerten.
No man has ever ruled the Monte-Carlo Masters like the man they call the ‘King of Clay’, however. Rafael Nadal lost in the round of 16 to Guillermo Coria on his first appearance in 2003, but between 2004 and 2012 he won eight consecutive titles – the first man ever to win a tournament eight straight times. Nadal’s 46-match winning streak at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters was finally ended in the 2013 final by Novak Djokovic, but he would go on to reclaim the title in 2016, making the Monte-Carlo Masters one of three tournaments, alongside fellow clay events the Barcelona Open and the French Open, which Nadal has won nine times (no other player has won any tournament nine times in the Open Era).
Novak Djokovic’s titles in 2013 and 2015 at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka’s 2014 victory over compatriot Roger Federer, underline the continued significance of the Monte-Carlo Masters as a warm-up for the French Open, with both men going on to triumph at Roland Garros.
Featuring a 56-player singles draw and prize money of €3,748,925, as well as 1,000 ranking points to the winner and the priceless honour of having one’s name inscribed on a list of champions which stretches all the way back to Reggie Doherty in 1897, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters is one of the most glittering and unforgettable stops on the ATP World Tour and always begins the clay season on a high note.
2017 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament information
|Dates||16-23 April 2017|
|Venue||Monte Carlo Country Club|
|Surface||Red clay (outdoors)|
|Draw size||56 singles/24 doubles|
|Most titles||Rafael Nadal (9)|
|Reigning singles champion||Rafael Nadal|
|Reigning doubles champions||Nicolas Mahut/Pierre-Hugues Herbert|
Previous Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters champions (since 1968)
*active players' names are given in bold
|1968||Nicola Pietrangeli||Alexander Metreveli|
|1969||Tom Okker||John Newcombe|
|1970||Zeljko Franulovic||Manuel Orantes|
|1971||Ilie Nastase||Tom Okker|
|1972 ||Ilie Nastase (2)||Frantisek Pala|
|1973||Ilie Nastase (3)||Bjorn Borg|
|1974||Andrew Pattison||Ilie Nastase|
|1975||Manuel Orantes||Bob Hewitt|
|1976||Guillermo Vilas||Wojciech Fibak|
|1977||Bjorn Borg||Corrado Barazzutti|
|1978||Paul Ramirez||Tomas Smid|
|1979||Bjorn Borg (2)||Vitas Gerulaitis|
|1980||Bjorn Borg (3)||Guillermo Vilas|
|1981||No champion (final abandoned due to rain)||Jimmy Connors/Guillermo Vilas|
|1982||Guillermo Vilas (2)||Ivan Lendl|
|1983||Mats Wilander||Mel Purcell|
|1984||Henrik Sundstrom||Mats Wilander|
|1985||Ivan Lendl||Mats Wilander|
|1986||Joakim Nystrom||Yannick Noah|
|1987||Mats Wilander (2)||Jimmy Arias|
|1988||Ivan Lendl (2)||Martin Jaite|
|1989||Alberto Mancini||Boris Becker|
|1990||Andrei Chesnokov||Thomas Muster|
|1991||Sergei Bruguera||Boris Becker|
|1992||Thomas Muster||Aaron Krickstein|
|1993||Sergei Bruguera (2)||Cedric Pioline|
|1994||Andriy Medvedev||Sergei Bruguera|
|1995||Thomas Muster (2)||Boris Becker|
|1996||Thomas Muster (3)||Albert Costa|
|1997||Marcelo Rios||Alex Corretja|
|1998||Carlos Moya||Cedric Pioline|
|1999||Gustavo Kuerten||Marcelo Rios|
|2000||Cedric Pioline||Dominik Hrbaty|
|2001||Gustavo Kuerten (2)||Hicham Arazi|
|2002||Juan Carlos Ferrero||Carlos Moya|
|2003||Juan Carlos Ferrero (2)||Guillermo Coria|
|2004||Guillermo Coria||Rainer Schuettler|
|2005||Rafael Nadal||Guillermo Coria|
|2006||Rafael Nadal (2)||Roger Federer|
|2007 ||Rafael Nadal (3)||Roger Federer|
|2008||Rafael Nadal (4)||Roger Federer|
|2009||Rafael Nadal (5)||Novak Djokovic|
|2010||Rafael Nadal (6)||Fernando Verdasco|
|2011||Rafael Nadal (7)||David Ferrer|
|2012||Rafael Nadal (8)||Novak Djokovic|
|2013||Novak Djokovic||Rafael Nadal|
|2014||Stan Wawrinka||Roger Federer|
|2015||Novak Djokovic (2)||Tomas Berdych|
|2016||Rafael Nadal (9)||Gael Monfils|
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