Elite squad to battle on clay at Monte-Carlo Country Club
The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (MCRM) will run from April 16-23, 2017 at the legendary Monte-Carlo Country Club. Out of the ATP top ten only Swiss Roger Federer (ranked No. 6) the Australian Open champion, and Japanese Kei Nishikori (ranked No. 4) are absent from the MCRM’s line up unveiled last Thursday, March 23, 2017. World No.1 British Andy Murray, No.1 Serb Novak Djokovic and nine-time champion Rafael Nadal (ranked No. 7) are in! The 45 gladiators will face each other on the red clay, trying to claim the trophy from Rafa, not an easy task!
Everybody expects Federer to make a final decision after the ongoing Miami Open, and Zelkjo Franulovic, the MCRM tournament director, would be very happy to offer the Swiss a wild card. (In the photo Roger Federer at the MCRM 2016 @CelinaLafuentedeLavotha)
The 35-year-old Federer has shown he has the motivation to playing and his main objective is to keep healthy by managing in which tournaments he will participate, probably concentrating on the big four Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open). One of the incentives for Federer to come to Monte-Carlo, is that it is one of the only two Masters venues where he did not claim victory yet. So cross our fingers the Swiss will get on the board for the delight of his many fans in the area who want to see him playing at his best!
Only two weeks to the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, opening the clay court season in Europe!