Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters April 9-17
Defending men’s champion: Rafael Nadal
2016 prize money: € 2,227,500
Monte Carlo has famously served as the backdrop to Grand Prix racing and James Bond films, but it also sets the scene for one of the most glamorous tennis tournaments in the world. For more a century, the greats of the game have congregated within view of the Mediterranean Sea to face off on one of the most gorgeous clay-court settings in the world. Expect to be seated among royalty, celebrity and some of the world’s most fashionable tennis fans.
As the six-time defending champion, Rafael Nadal is the only player in the Open era to win the same tournament six consecutive times.
Off Court Diversions
Sample Local Fare
In-the-know diners head to Cas-telroc, near the Prince’s Palace in Monaco’s Old Town, for the
best barbajuans (similar to fried ravioli stuffed with Swiss chard, spinach and ricotta) in town.restaurant-castelroc.com
The Monte Carlo Casino
Pack your finest suit or gown and have a James Bond night on the town at this landmark which appeared in both Never Say Never Again and GoldenEye. montecarlocasinos.com.
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (National Museum)
European car fanatics will love the permanent exhibition of the Ferrari 308 GTS by BertrandLavier, in the garage of the new museum’s Villa Sauber. nmnm.mc