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Now in its 33rd year, the Rolex Paris Masters is one of the biggest indoor tournaments in the world. If springtime in Paris means the French Open, then autumn in the French capital is the Rolex Paris Masters, held just a short distance away from Roland-Garros. The tournament occupies a prominent place on the Tour thanks to its position on the international tennis calendar and its unmistakably Parisian identity.

What is, then, the essence of the RPM? We return to the roots of this prestigious tournament and take a close look at what makes it so unique.

The roots of the Rolex Paris Masters

The origins of the Rolex Paris Masters go almost as far back as those of Roland-Garros, to the start of the 20th century, when the Tennis Club de Paris founded the French Covered Court Championships. A winter competition, it was graced for many years by France’s “Four Musketeers”: Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste. Subsequently known as the Coupe Albert Canet and then the Championnats Professionnels de Coubertin, the competition became a flagship event of the indoor season from the 1920s through to the 70s and attracted some of the biggest names in world tennis. Following the 1982 competition, however, it was discontinued.

In the meantime, work on the Palais Omnisports began in the Parisian suburb of Bercy, giving Paris City Council and the French Tennis Federation the opportunity to create the legendary tournament that we know and love today. On 26 and 27 October 1985 fans turned up in numbers to cheer on John McEnroe, Yannick Noah, Henri Leconte and Stefan Edberg in a major exhibition tournament. Once known as the Open Crocodile, the Open Jean Becker and the Open de Paris, the final Masters 1000 event of the season was first held in 1986, and drew on the rich tennis heritage of central Paris.

An urban environment

Like New York, Paris has its own “Lower East Side”, deep in the heart of Bercy, where expansive green spaces sit alongside ultra-modern buildings. Held in a location that looks out to the city of fashion’s dockside area, the Rolex Paris Masters fits in seamlessly with its urban surroundings. The city is very much at the heart of the tournament and takes pleasure in revealing itself as “The Paris of the RPM”, a capital of sport, technology and innovation.

A unique setting

The Rolex Paris Masters also offers increasingly spectacular entertainment: an enhanced sporting experience on the courts, and strikingly unique architectural features that lend themselves to the game and catch the eye of players and spectators alike. A hallmark of the tournament, the famous floodlit tunnel creates an immersive setting for the arrival of the players on court. Ephemeral yet cutting-edge and connected, this is a venue that encapsulates the transition from the locker room to the spotlight and lays on an unmissable and unforgettable show for the fans.

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