Preview of the Monte-Carlo Masters from 14th to 21st April, 2019
The Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters is an ATP 1000 tournament which is often called the most glamorous tournament on the ATP tour thanks to it’s stunning location and rich history. The tournament runs over 7 days and features the very best players in the World
This prestigious event has been held since 1897 and became an ‘Open’ event in 1969. The tournament celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in 2006 and was made a Masters 1000 event in 2009. Surprisingly it’s the only Masters 1000 to not have a mandatory classification but this hasn’t stopped all the best players in the world from making it their first top on the clay court season.
The clay court king himself Rafa Nadal has won the tournament 11 times and no-one would bet against him winning it again in 2019. The only players to break his run of victories have been Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.
The tournament has always attracted the greatest names in tennis over the past century and the winners list includes such greats as Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Sergi Bruguera, Thomas Muster, Gustavo Kuerten and Juan Carlos Ferrero. A real ‘Who’s Who’ of clay court legends. The 2019 entry list lives up to this billing with Rafa Nadal, Novak Dkokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem already entered into the men’s event.
Where is the tournament held?
The Rolex Monte Carlo Masters is held every year at the Monte Carlo Country Club
What dates does the tournament run?
Sunday April 14th 2019 until Sunday April 21st 2019
What court surface is the tournament played on?
The surface is outdoor clay courts
How many players and how many seeds are in the tournament?
There are a total of 56 men and there will be 16 seeded players in the Men’s singles draws
What is the prize money and how many ranking points are available?
The mens tournament is an ATP 1000 which means that the winner receives 1,000 ATP World Ranking points, with the complete breakdown of points and prize money awarded as follows:
Winner: 1,000 pts & €958,055
Finals: 600 pts & €484,950
SF: 360 pts & €248,745
Quarter Finals: 180 pts & €128,200
Round 16: 90 pts & €64,225
Round 32: 45 pts & €33,635
R56: 10 pts & €18,955
Who is the reigning Champion?
In the 2018 Men’s Singles, Rafa Nadal (ESP) defeated Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-3, 6-2
Where can I buy tickets for the tournament?
You can buy tickets online by clicking here
How can I follow the tournament without going there?
To watch the live scores of every match in this tournament as they happen you can use the Tennishead exclusive Live Scores service here.
You can also follow this tournament on their official Twitter here
Alternatively you can watch the tennis live on television and full details of how to do this can be found here
Men’s singles entrants for 2019:
Past Champions – Men’s Singles
Prediction for 2019
Ok so we wouldn’t look like much of a tennis authority if we didn’t predict that Nadal will win the Monte Carlos Masters again in 2019! And there aren’t the number of clay court specialists as in the past to challenge him. But there are a number of young players, such as Dominic Thiem, who feel very comfortable on clay and have proven that they can match it with the best. In fact Thiem’s run to the final of Roland Garros in 2018 and his recent victory in Indian Wells have shown that he has the ability and confidence to win at the highest possible level.
The other exciting possibility is that Roger Federer may well decide to play a full clay court season this year. He’s already dropping hints and so he could be another challenger to Nadal’s thrown on the clay of monte Carlo.
But after taking all this into account we still don’t see anyone knocking Nadal off his perch just yet.
Good luck to everyone!
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