A brief story about Eric & Brian Dosal’s recent experience at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 Tennis Tournament…
In late March my brother Brian and I decided we wanted to try the experience of watching a Masters 1000 Tennis Tournament in Europe.We have been to the Miami Open many times and our family has been season ticket holders since 1987 back when it was the Lipton and hosted on Key Biscayne. So with the blessings from our very supportive wives we began the planning process.
We reached out to Grand Slam Tennis Tours (GSTT) as they offer packages for these types of tournaments and our family had worked with them before. We wanted to use a company for our first trip to help with all the logistics since we are unfamiliar with the process, the country, or the language. GSTT came through big time and got us some great seats, we just needed to get to the Nice Airport and they would take care of the rest.
In true Dosal Brothers fashion we don’t pick an easy trip, we start out with the long multi flight trip for our first experience. On Thursday April 13th, we boarded our Air France flight to begin our 18 ½ hour door to door journey to Monte Carlo arriving Friday April 14th in the evening. It was a 4 legged trip, first a flight from MIA to Paris, then a flight from Paris to Nice, then a helicopter ride from Nice to Monte Carlo, and finally a car ride from the helipad to our hotel Le Meridien Beach Plaza.
The tennis experience started on Saturday morning, when through my Miami tennis coach, we were able to connect with an active player on the ATP doubles tour who got us player guest passes. As player guests we were able to enter the Monte Carlo Country Club (MCCC) early before the public and he was able to arrange a 1 hour practice session on Court 11 which is a match court during the tournament. What an incredible experience to be in Monte Carlo, overlooking the mediterranean playing on the European red clay on the same court the pros use. This was the main highlight of the trip and an experience we will never forget.
Monday was all about the ride home as we had to do everything in reverse. The car picked us up at 8:15am (2:15am Miami time) and we arrived at home at 7:15pm making for a 17 hour trip door to door. What an incredible experience this was; not only was it our first tournament in Europe and our first time seeing the red clay, but we got to watch some incredible tennis and got an opportunity to play on the clay.
Can’t wait to see what tournament we check out next…perhaps the Italian Open in 2024…
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