Monte-Carlo Classic Vintage Tennis Tournament to raise funds against Autism

Red clay, white tennis balls and blue for Autism

Monte-Carlo Classic Vintage Tennis Tournament 2015 @MCCVTOn Sunday, June 21, 2015, the legendary Monte-Carlo Country Club (MCCC) will travel back in time once again, for the Second Edition of the MC Classic Vintage Tennis Tournament (MCCVT), under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. This friendly charity competition was set up for the first time in 2014 by Monegasque tennis instructor Jerome Seguin, former Davis Cup player, and this year all the proceeds will benefit the association Special Olympics Monaco in its fight against Autism.

The Kiss blue by Niclas Castello

The Kiss blue by Niclas Castello

Jerome counts with the valuable help of Safia Al Rashid, who through her contacts from the art world, procured a donation of a sculpture from  Niclas Castello entitled “The Kiss blue”, specially created by the artist for this event, as blue is the color of autism and the mouth is the word. This beautiful piece will be part of the attractive items that will be part of the charity auction that will take place following the Vintage competition.

Program for Sunday, June 21, 2015

09:00 – Welcome of participants and guests. Buffet breakfast.

10:10 – Official tennis tournament with 48 registered players and celebrated Jacques Doorman as Judge Referee.

Dress code: White or Vintage

Equipment: White tennis balls and tennis rackets distributed by Jerome Seguin according to level of players.

Non-stop animations: Singles or doubles matches as preferred, with free choice of tennis rackets and Service Speed Radar installed on one of the courts (to be tested with different racquets)

12:00 – Buffet Lunch with wines and champagnes

13:30 – Charity Auction of unique artwork by Niclas Castello, plus unusual tennis equipment. Proceeds will benefit the association Special Olympics Monaco in the fight against Autism.

DJ musical entertainment on the club terrace all through the afternoon.

17:30 – Awards ceremony and cocktail

Generous sponsors and partners

Safia Al Rashid is also assisting Jerome in securing  generous sponsors like Decoflamme, Solavie and even the DJ from Restaurant Twiga in Monaco. They join other sponsors and partners in contributing to the success of this  event like: Chateau Sainte Beatrice, ColorsonicFattoria Lavacchio, La Ferme des Lombardes, Federall Monaco, Darasports, Mercedeh Shoes Monte-Carlo, Miss Rose and Champagne Caprice du Chef.

A buffet lunch with international flavours

The team Monte-Carlo Country Club restaurant, led by Virginie Dedienne assisted by Sali Hotman, with Chef Aubert Jean-Noel, and sous-chef Wilfried Ducret, will prepare a delicious buffet with international flavours. We can see them in the photo with Jerome Seguin, on the terrace of the restaurant busy planning it all well in advance.  The menu will surely make your mouth water! 

Jean-Noel Aubert, Sali Hotman, Jerome and Wilfried Ducret

Jean-Noel Aubert, Sali Hotman, Jerome and Wilfried Ducret

Last year’s Vintage tournament in images

Last year’s tournament attracted many participants, among them Zeljko Franulovic, Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Tournament director extraordinaire, and counted with the support of Mme Elizabeth-Anne de Massy, President of the MCCC and the Monegasque Tennis Federation. It was Guillaume Couillard, alias Roger Federer, who won the tournament against Bosio, alias Pat Cash, under the official umpiring of the celebrated Jacques Dorfman. The two finalists won a weekend- for-two at La Ferme des Lombardes and at Nikki Beach in St Tropez.

The second edition promises to be even better

For this second edition we expect even more tennis lovers will join in the fun, to give extended life to the tennis rackets from a bygone era, dating from the period 1960 to 2000 that marked the history of world tennis. And instead of yellow they will be using White tennis balls. (Originally the balls were white until the invention of color television where yellow tennis balls were introduced as they were more visible to TV viewers.)

Participants will face each other in Singles or Doubles, with experienced players required to use the most ancient racquets and the less talented having the right to opt for more recent models, and the official tennis balls will be white, what else? As for the dress code the organisers kindly suggest old-fashioned white attire to add to the classic atmosphere, with the participants invited to adopt the pseudonym of a famous player,and even wearing a Lendl hat, a Borg headband, or others having temper tantrums a la John McEnroe! Below is a video of one of the outbursts of the American tennis legend.

How to participate

The program will include breakfast, lunch and the access to all animations, an aperitif and charity auction, for a medium contribution of Euro 100 per person. Only 48 players will be able to register to the final tournament table at a cost of Euro 200 or Euro 150 for MCCC members. Among the animations there will be the Duel of Champions where participants will select their racket, and a Speed Chronometer Service for old and new rackets. Fun will be guaranteed and all for a great cause!

For further information call +33 (0) 6 60 28 92 51 or email vintage@montecarloclassic.com

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