A lot of money will be at stake at this week's Monte Carlo Masters. Rafael Nadal will seek his 12th crown, last year the Spaniard defeated Kei Nishikori in a straight-set final and he aims to triumph once again there. Nadal has the chance to earn a €958,000 cheque, which is equivalent to more than one million dollar.
The finalist takes home €484,000, while the semifinalists will take €248,000 each. Quarter-finals are €128,000 worth, while playing the first round main draw will guarantee €16,000. Sharing his thoughts on the several injuries he has suffered lately, Nadal said: “In terms of tennis, I can’t complain much.
Every time that I played I have been in a position to win tournaments. Life has been too good for me to be frustrated. But yes, at some point, even if I appreciate all the things that this sport has given me and this life has given to me, sometimes it’s tough to accept when you have problems in a row and this year since the beginning of the season has been tough.
But I think almost every time I’ve had a chance to be back I’ve been able to be very competitive and I hope to keep my level”. Novak Djokovic will seek the trophy in Monte Carlo for the third time after 2013 and 2015, while Dominic Thiem never went past the quarters there as well as Alexander Zverev.
Nadal concluded: “It’s the start of the important clay season for me. I hope to be healthy and I hope to be ready to compete well. This tournament is important for me, and I hope to be competitive from the beginning”.