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Monfils, Simon Create Nice Experience

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Isner© Y. Brandt/Open de Nice Côte d’AzurJohn Isner signs autographs for fans at the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur.

It hasn't all been about tennis for the players at this week’s two ATP World Tour tournaments. provides a recap of the highlights.

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Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon spent time with local school kids on ‘La Coulée Verte’ in downtown Nice. The two Frenchmen played mini-tennis with the children and signed autographs. Meanwhile, British brothers Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski, Australian Open doubles finalists Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen, and Croatian Mate Pavic led a kids’ clinic at the Nice Lawn Tennis Club.

France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who took part in the draw ceremony along with American John Isner and Croatian Borna Coric, greeted Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi on his visit to the tournament. Fellow Frenchmen Gilles Simon and Julien Benneteau joined the mayor for sponsor visits, while Roger-Vasselin and top seed Isner drew huge crowds to autograph sessions on site.

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Doubles stars Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen welcomed Special Olympics Germany to the Rochusclub, taking part in a pro-am with the athletes.

German Dustin Brown tried an on-site challenge, offering fans a €25,000 prize for hitting a tennis ball into a bucket suspended 25 metres in the air. No one - not even Brown - came close! Watch Video

Defending champion Juan Monaco was a hit with fans in attendance, taking photographs and signing autographs.

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