Paris Prep: Federer, Nadal, Murray, Monfils Face Off
By Tennis Week
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Put four-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal, French Open finalist Roger Federer, French Open semifinalist Gael Monfils and US Open runner-up Andy Murray together on a red clay court in Paris this spring and you might be watching the 2009 French Open semifinals, right?
Possibly, but before Roland Garros begins, several of tennis' top players are set to share the court — as teammates and opponents — in a unique new event that will be staged on red clay in Paris providing ideal preparation for the French Open.
Nadal, Federer, Monfils and Murray lead the field for the inaugural Guinot Mary Cohr Masters première tournament, set for May 20-22 at the Paris Golf & Country Club in Rueil-Malmaison on the outskirts of Paris. Eight other players including David Nalbandian, Marat Safin, James Blake, Tommy Haas, Stanislas Wawrinka and the Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Arnaud Clément will join this dream quartet for an unusual and original set-up. The team competition will feature the same balls and court conditions as Roland Garros.
The 12 players will be divided up into two teams of six, Guinot vs. Mary Cohr, coached by internationally renowned captains. Two best-of-three set matches a day from 1:30 p.m. onwards will commence. Each player will play once only during the three-day tournament and the two captains will challenge one another on the Friday just before the presentation of the trophy. Because the stands are nearer the courts than anywhere else, the spectators will get a close-up of the stars in competition.
A few days away from the kick-off of the Paris Grand Slam, the main contestants of the Musketeers Cup will already feel they are steeped in it. Event organizers say the event "is not an exhibition but rather preparation in ideal conditions. Same climate, same surface, same balls as during Roland-Garros, perfect practice conditions."
For ticket information, please visit www.guinotmarycohrmasters.com
or phone 0 825 811 812.