Monte Carlo Country Club

MONACO - APRIL 13: General view of the centre court with the national flags of France and Monaco at half mast during the second round match between Marat Safin of Russia and Cyril Saulnier of France during the ATP Master Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April, 2005 in Monte Carlo,Monaco (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Each year the Monte Carlo Country Club is host to the Monte Carlo Masters. One of the oldest and most distinguished of the Master Series, the tournament was first held in 1897. It later became known as the Monte Carlo Open and in the early 1990s it became part of the Masters Series.

The Monte Carlo Country Club was the vision of Prince Louis 11 of Monaco. The late 1920s saw a boom in tourism on the Riviera, and the prince wanted to harness this potential. He ordered that luxury facilities be created to attract the large number of people travelling around the world after the devastation of the Great War.

This did not prove as easy as one might have assumed. The Principality just did not have sufficient space to house a club of the nature and magnitude that the prince had envisaged. Without further ado, land was purchased in the French town of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, and in 1928 the Monte Carlo Country Club was inaugurated.

Monte Carlo Country Club design

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 22: Aerial view on Day four of the Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club, April 22, 2008 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)Designed by architect, M Charles Letrosne, the club accommodated 20 clay tennis courts, squash courts, changing rooms to accommodate the 700 original members and a 150-seater restaurant.

Described as ‘the most beautiful club in the world’, the Monte Carlo Country Club boasts a setting like no other – it overlooks the shimmering Mediterranean, and players are introduced according to their proximity to the sea – “Cote mer, Roger Federer”.

Over the years the club has had to expand to accommodate the growing numbers of tennis fans making the annual pilgrimage to the Monte Carlo Masters:

  • 1980 – an indoor court and new changing & restroom facilities for players
  • 1981 – Only 1 centre court so that a further 1300 seat stands could be erected & the creation of a luxury tennis ‘village’ to accommodate the players
  • 1987 – Opening of new press facilities at a cost of 5,2 million Francs

There are several excellent restaurants in and around the club that offer gastronomic delights. Tournament caterers have a range of hospitality packages with champagne.

  • Restaurants Le Masters and La Terrasse – Reservations T: (377) 98-06-36-36 F: (377) 98-06-59-60 email: indiv@sbm.mc
  • Restaurant Le Village – Contacts: Mr Slvain Masso T: 04-92-92-56-02 or Mrs Julie Gros T: 04-92-92-51-17 Address: Lenotre Cote d’ Azur, 37, Parc d’ Activite de l’ Argile, 06370 Mouans-Sartoux, SOGERES
  • Restaurant L’open – T: 04-93-72-40-00 email: cote-dazur@sogeres.fr Address: Nice La Plaine 1 – Iscles des Arboras, BAT E3, 06200, NICE

How well do you know your way around the Masters Series Monte Carlo Country Club?