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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters: Tennis Without Spectators

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

One of the most spectacular tennis tournaments in the world - the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters - will take place without an audience this year due to the Corona pandemic.

The Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters men's tournament is to be held in April as usual but in front of empty stands. The background to this is the decision by the government of Monaco to extend the national health emergency until May 3.

Last spring, the Masters in the principality was completely cancelled at short notice due to the pandemic. The entire tennis world stood still until the end of summer 2020. Since then, the tournament has been played under strict hygiene regulations, with a reduced audience or without spectators at all.

Monaco is hosting 56 of the best world players for the first major clay-court competition of the European season, led by the top three in the FedEx ATP ranking: the Serbian Novak Djokovic (No. 1), the Russian Daniil Medvedev (No. 2) and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal (No. 3), who has won eleven times on the Monegasque courts!

Concerning the French players, six have been directly admitted: Gaël Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Adrian Mannarino, Ugo Humbert, Benoît Paire and Jérémy Chardy. The organisers have decided to give a wild card to Lucas Pouille, who is already in the Principality and trained last Friday on the court Rainier III of the Monte-Carlo Country Club. Monaco resident, Novak Djokovic, is determined to hold on to his first-place position, currently threatened by Daniil Medvedev. The other three invitations went to the Monegasque Lucas Catarina, the Italian Lorenzo Musetti and the Dane Holger Rune, winner of Roland Garros junior tournament in 2019.

Faced with such a field of players, this year promises to be very open. Tennis fans will be able to follow these matches in real-time, on the tournament's official website at:, on its mobile app, its social networks as well as on television channels which broadcast it around the world, such as Eurosport and C8 (Canal Plus) for France, Sky Italia, Eurosport Russia, Sky Deutschland, Tennis Channel US, CCTV for China…

The last champion in Monaco in 2019 was Italian Fabio Fognini. Photo: DR

You can find the full list of players here.

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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

April 10 - 18, 2021

- Aila Stöckmann

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