I hope you don't mind me starting a thread about Monte Carlo 2007
-- I've already had some feedback from Rosie, thank you, but would welcome anyone else's.
I have many questions about attending this tourney:
- I see the MC tix are already on sale [see site] -- do you have to fill in that form and just send it somehow? Do they send you the tix or you pick them up?
- WHERE to sit -- which sections for best viewing.
- Which days to go and avoid, e.g., KIDS DAY [hate noisy, pushy, bratty kids w those annoying big balls]?
- Is there access to practice courts?
- Transportation to and from tennis site?
- Where to stay -- MC too expensive? Other suggestions, i.e., Nice?
- Weather -- what can one expect at this time of year? [just want to know if I need a parka, a bikini, you know, the essentials for a tennis tourney].
I am not a regular poster on Davids board, but I am sometimes reading here
I saw your MC post, RF, and as I have been to Monte Carlo two times before and will hopefully also go next year, I think I can answer some of your questions
1. I cannot help you on this on, I am sorry, because I have never ordered tickets for Monte Carlo online and haven´t seen the form yet. But I can only recommend to buy tickets in advance! I don´t know how it will be next year, but we had big problems to get tickets this year. There have been school holidays in France during the tournament, and therefore we had to buy the more expensive tickets at some days, because the others were already sold out. But about the form, mazbe Eléa can help you!
2. On the Center Court you sit quite far away, if you take cheaper tickets. But for me this was okay, as we mainly wanted to watch matches on the other courts.
3. Don´t remember if there was a kids day or something, sorry! But I can only tell that it did not stuck in my mind, not like all the screaming, shouting and crying kids in Madrid this year, this was really terrible
I normally really like kids, but enough is enough...
4. Yes, you can watch the practice. Some courts are better to access than others, because they lie behing eachother, but I personlly like the practice courts in MC a lot! The only thing I don´t like so much is the fact that on the 2 smallest courts (also matches are played there - mainly doubles), there is a fence between the crowd and the court
5. It depends where you stay, but normally you can do everything by foot in Monte Carlo. If you stay a bit more far away, then there is also a public transportation, bus, to use.
6. I have heard of people recommending to stay in Nice, but I have never done that myself. One year we stayed in Monte Carlo in a hotel near the harbour. I don´t remember what the price was, but it wasn´t too expensive and it was a nice, small hotel.
This year we stayed in Roquebrune, which is in France and very close to the tennis. The venue is in fact in France and not in Monte Carlo, what everyone thinks!
7. This question is really difficult to answer! The 2 times I went to Monte Carlo it was always great weather
Very sunny during the days and temperatures around maybe 20-23 degrees, but in the evenings it still gets quite cold. And it happens often that the matches last longer in the evenings...so even if it would be okay in t-shirt during the day, you should have something warmer in the evening.
Anyway, I haven´t been there myself in 2005, but I know that it was very bad weather that year, cold and very rainy! So you cannot really say what kind of weather you will get at that time of the year!
Well, I hope I could help you a bit
If you have more questions, you can of course also always write me a PM if you like
But there are a lot of people from MTF who already went to MC, so I am sure you will get lots more information!
I can only say that I like the tournament a lot, especially because of the nice venue !