MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS 2014
Federer Celebrates Silver Anniversary; Nadal Sets Sail
by ATP Staff|
It has been a busy few days off the court for players this week at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. ATPWorldTour.com provides a recap of the highlights.
Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters – Monte-Carlo, Monaco
The tennis family came together Tuesday night to celebrate 25 years of the ATP World Tour. ATP Executive Chairman & President Chris Kermode welcomed tournament directors, current and former pros, and ATP staff to the cocktail reception hosted at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel. Roger Federer took part in the festivities, joining Justin Gimelstob, Brian Gottfried, Patrice Dominguez and Zeljko Franulovic on stage for a Q&A session. "It’s been a lovely ride for the ATP and I think it’s really nice looking back and celebrating those moments," he said. Read More | View Gallery
Rafael Nadal got his sea legs, learning the ropes of sailing and manning the rudder of the Yacht Club de Monaco's flagship, Tuiga, as it sailed around the Monte-Carlo harbour. "The way that [the crew] are working together to make the boat perfect and go faster is amazing. Everybody works for one goal. It's a special thing," said Nadal, who received a round of applause and three cheers from the crew following the excursion. Read More | View Photo Gallery
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A host of ATP stars, including David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic, Fabio Fognini and Marin Cilic, stepped out in style for a launch party at the Grimaldi Forum on the eve of the season's first clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Princess Charlene's brother, Gareth Wittstock, joined Baroness Elizabeth-Anne de Massy and her daugher Melanie Antoinette de Massy at the party.
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Defending champion Novak Djokovic, along with coach Boris Becker, visited the Salle Garnier Opéra de Monte-Carlo to assist with the official Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters draw ceremony on Saturday. Djokovic joked during a photo opportunity with the trophy, "I am holding the cup already, so I do not need to play!"
Also seen around the Monte-Carlo Country Club: Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga charmed the women on Ladies' Day, while Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka met fans at the Corona and FedEx booths.