Monte Carlo Masters and the Family Circle Cup

Apr 17, 2009

Just a roundup of who-is-winning-what and who-has-crashed-out-against-whom this week. Currently running is the Monte Carlo Masters for the men, and the Family Circle Cup in Charleston for the women. Two tournaments which both hold their place in tennis circles as interesting places to play.

Once again Monte Carlo has come up trumps to demonstrate that it’s the cream of men’s tennis. The photos that are coming from the tournament are certainly helping. Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Federer, Lopez and Verdasco pose with Prince Albert II at the launch party in their most stylish party gear; the clay courts sitting in an imposing fashion in front of the infinitively blue sea; photos of Andy Murray with what looks to be his first ever sun tan.

Rafael Nadal is in his element, now that the clay is back under those personalised trainers. He’s cruised past his opponents so far, his last being second-round opponent Juan Ignacio Chela who he brushed aside 6-2, 6-3. He’s currently leading Lapentti in his third round match after rain halted the match yesterday.

 Unfortunately, this hasn’t been an uncommon aspect to the tournament so far. The weather isn’t exactly doing what it’s supposed to be, and so far a number of matches have been called off due to the rain. Federer’s third round match against Stanislas Wawrinka was another casualty. The rain break obviously unsettled Roger Federer, as the ultimate outcome was an embarrassing early exit for the World No. 2, although he himself cites his poor serve as the reason.

A quick roundup of who else is making and breaking at Monte Carlo:

Verdasco…sent David Ferrer packing and set up for a Djokovic/Verdasco quarter finals.

Murray…as well as looking appropriately polished for the launch party photos, has beaten a former junior rival of his 7-6, 6-4 Fabio Fognini in the third round. 

Djokovic…battled against high winds and rain (although oddly whilst playing on the only covered court at the Monte Carlo Country club…) to beat Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-7, 6-0


As for the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, Venus Williams made a surprisingly quick exit in the third round against Sabine Lisicki. After an initially promising start, it was a shock to see her disappear so soon. The tournament doesn’t quite hold the glamour of the Monte Carlo one, but the shock exits have certainly extended from the shores of Monaco to sunny South Carolina. Not only was it Williams who was beaten early on, but also Nadia Petrova (No. 4 seed) who went out to Melinda Czink 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Dementiva… had no problems with Varvara Lepchenko and showed her the door 6-1, 6-1

Wozniacki…beat No. 10 seed Peng Shuai of China.

Bartoli… deafeated American Melanie Oudin 6-4, 6-1.                  


It’s early days yet for both tournaments, and with what’s gone on so far they should hopefully continue to be captivating to watch…

And finally, I hate to sound like Federer’s personal spokesperson or his number one gushing fan, but just another quick announcement on the personal side of things: the Swiss star married his long-term girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec in a small ceremony in Federer’s hometown Basel, Switzerland last week. This comes not long after he announced, bubbling with pride, that he was going to be a father for the first time in the near future. Congratulations once again to you both.


-          SophieG


Written by: SophieG

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