For those that own Monaco property, one of the perks of living in the principality is access to some of the best cultural and sporting events in the world. One of the most famous events on the sporting calendar, the Rolex Masters tennis tournament, took place in Monte Carlo on 9-17th April, 2016. Rafael Nadal won Sunday’s final by defeating the Frenchman Gaël Monfils, 7-5, 5-7, 6-0, despite an inconsistent performance on his serve.
The talented Spaniard has an amazing track record in Monaco, having won nine out of ten finals on the clay at Monte Carlo. This latest victory consolidates Nadal’s seven-match winning streak and has given him a huge boost to his confidence as he heads back to his homeland to compete in the ATP tour’s next fixture in Barcelona.
It was a very special day on the ATP tour and Nadal was overjoyed to win his 68th title, as he played in his 100th career final. It was his first tournament win in Monte Carlo since he won the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. In 2013, he lost to Novak Djokovic – a resident of Monaco and last year’s champion. It was also the 28th Masters title for Nadal, equalling a record held by the top-ranked Djokovic, which was great for his morale after a disappointing year in 2015.Nadal has since gone on to win his 49th clay court title in Barcelona, which equals the all-time record.
After receiving the cup from Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene, Nadal commented, “Winning nine times here is something unbelievable for me…that is something so special.” He has hopefully put his difficult year behind him now, and he told reporters, “It’s an emotional moment after some tough times. But that’s part of the life, is part of the sports in general. I’m very happy today.” Now his prospects are on the rise, Nadal has no doubt set his sights on the French Open title.
Monaco is easily the most exclusive stop on the ATP tour. The small city-state is home to the Grimaldi Royal Family and attracts international celebrities, businessmen, F1 drivers and athletes from all over the world. The Monte-Carlo Country Club provides a magnificent setting for the Rolex Masters and the centre court directly overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. The club has been the home of grand tennis tournaments since 1897 and became an “Open” event in 1969.
By investing in a property in Monaco, Monte Carlo Country Club could become your local sports ground. The prestigious establishment offers 21 clay tennis courts and two hard courts, in addition to two squash courts and an array of other activities such as yoga, snooker, golf, swimming and a gym. It also has two clubhouse restaurants and a bar with beautiful views.
Words by Zahra Pettican