MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS 2014
ATP Stars Perform At Player Revue In Monte-Carlo
by ATP Staff|
Goran Ivanisevic, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna stole the show at the annual Player Revue on Wednesday night in Monte-Carlo.
Organised by Cecilia Ghe from the ATP and Anna Galoppo, with the assistance of David Ekerot, a cast of players and coaches performed a series of sketches, poking good-humoured fun at their fellow competitors and showing off their singing and dancing talents.
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Standout performances came from Marin Cilic’s coach, Ivanisevic, the IndoPak Express of Qureshi and Bopanna, Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen, Horia Tecau, ‘Colombian Power’ Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal, Bruno Soares , Jarkko Nieminen, Marin Cilic and former player Martin Stepanek.
Jurgen Melzer orchestrated proceedings, alongside Cristina Cimino.
Ivanisevic, who, in his playing days, had dressed up as a Spice Girl in the Player Revue, led Nieminen and Monegasque player Romain Arneodo in a synchronised swimming performance, before Melzer bestowed an important mantle onto Grigor Dimitrov, played by Tecau.
Cilic, Butorac, Farah, Tecau and Stepanek gave a glimpse into life behind the scenes in the locker-room, while Qureshi acted as a fashion designer as he joined Ivanisevic, impersonating Tomas Berdych, to provide a special critique of questionable on-court outfits from the past year.
Players who couldn’t be involved on stage on the night, including Milos Raonic, Max Mirnyi and Fabio Fognini, had filmed a special video montage, dancing and singing to the track ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. Bopanna closed the show with his own Oscars-style rendition of the hit song, which culminated in all the cast joining the doubles star on stage.