We stay in Nice and Laura and Jennifer take the TER regional train from Nice to the Monte-Carlo Country Club station, between Monaco and Roquebrune Cap Martin. The TER drops them 600 meters from the entrance and only stops at this station during the tournament. Walking to the station in Nice, we see a steady stream of players and spectators heading the same way.
The venue is intimate and the spectators are close to the action, with spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
The TER arrives
And stops right at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
Nestled between the hills and the sea in Roquebrune Cap Martin
Practice courts are right on the Mediterranean
The stands are small for an intimate experience
For lunch, a very civilized baguette sandwich and glass(es) of champagne.
Lunch at the tournament
After a day of great tennis, it's back on the TER and a quick return trip to Nice.
We have dinner in Nice and pick up our luggage and head to the airport. Our tennis doesn't end at the tournament. At the EasyJet check-in line, we watch a player who lost to Djokovic (Laura and Jennifer's last match before heading back to Nice) try to change his ticket home (apparently leaving earlier than he thought) and negotiate the fees. We feel bad for him, to be ousted and then have to pay more, but EasyJet is not as sympathetic. A half hour later, we're checked in and heading to security, he's still discussing it with them (negotiations continue).