I've been doing this for years, every spring. The Monte-Carlo Tennis Masters Tournament. This year, the weather was almost perfect and the tennis, as always, was of the very highest standard. For the past three years we've had no Roger Federer, and that's regrettable, but almost all the other top ten male players were there. It's very exciting to see them in this close atmosphere. I took this picture from my Monday seat. The box with the Monaco coat of arms belongs to Prince Albert, who did not occupy it that day, but Princess Charlene did, momentarily.
There's lots of fun to be had for kids. They buy these big tennis balls and get their favorite players to sign them, and that involves a relentless chase all about the tournament spurred by rumors as to who's about to walk out of this or that door any minute now.
It's 10:00 AM and play is about to begin. I'm always among the first in the stands. It's like a private viewing.
There are those who prefer another aspect of this glamorous occasion. Tempted as I might be by the Fauchon fare I opt for the tennis and a sandwich.