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Masters Series Monte-Carlo presented by Rolex from 19th to 27th April 2008 - Press Release n°1

14/01/2008 -

Organised by SMETT, the Masters Series Monte Carlo presented by Rolex belonging to the top category of ATP events, will be taking place from 19th to 27th April 2008 in the prestigious setting of the Monte Carlo Country Club. It is now official; from 2009 the renowned Monegasque Tennis Tournament will maintain its position at the highest level, with the same ranking and prize money as those attributed to the top category in the ATP circuit. “We are delighted by this decision and would like to express our deepest thanks to the players, in particular Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who spontaneously lent us their support throughout the year”, said Zeljko Franulovic, Director of the Tournament. He continued by adding: “Let’s make way now for the 2008 edition where we are offering an extensive programme, both on and off court, so that this tournament will remain one of the major events in the world calendar”.

The Masters Series Monte Carlo presented by ROLEX, the first tournament of the season on a clay court, will have prize money amounting to 2 057 000 euros and will feature 56 players competing in the final draw. The first qualifying round will begin on Saturday 19th April at 11 a.m. The final draw matches, both singles and doubles, will begin on Sunday 20th April, the same day as the last qualifying round. The men’s single final will consist of the best of three sets.

For this 102nd edition, various activities have been planned throughout the tournament, such as the traditional Women’s Day on Thursday 24th April and new for this year - “Italian Day” on Friday 25th April, an illustration of the success of the Masters Series Monte Carlo among Transalpine visitors.

In 2007, the talented Spaniard Rafael Nadal won the 101st edition for the third year running, beating Roger Federer (6/4, 6/4) in the Central court! The world’s two ATP top-ranking players competed against each other for the second year running, offering spectators a dream final once again. The Tournament drew in over 109 000 spectators and 247 journalists from twenty or so countries.
 
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