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With the Monaco Grand Prix, the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the Herculis Meeting and many other major events, the Principality has established itself over the decades as a capital of world sport.

For more than a century, Monaco has been the stage for some of the biggest sporting events around. The Monte-Carlo tennis tournament was founded in 1887, making it one of the oldest tennis competitions in the world. Today, the Rolex Masters is part of the Masters 1000 series and attracts the world’s best players on clay.

Monaco has become the capital of motor sports: the Rallye Monte-Carlo has been held since 1911 and the Grand Prix since 1929. The Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix is considered to be one of the three most prestigious races in the world, alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500. This legendary race, which has the distinction of being contested on a street circuit, now stands alongside the Historic Grand Prix and E-Prix events.

Every year, Monaco also plays host to the stars of athletics at the Herculis Meeting, and top horse riders and swimmers from all over the world take part in the Monte-Carlo Show-Jumping Competition and the International Swimming Meeting.

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Monaco has also made its mark in team sports. Crowned French champions eight times, AS Monaco reached the Champions League final in 2004 and the semi-final in 2017. The Monegasque football club has trained Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet and Kylian Mbappé, among others.

Over the last few years, the Roca Team has also made a name for itself in European basketball, recruiting several of the sport’s stars (for example coach Saša Obradović, a European and world champion).

Sport’s foothold in Monaco is in no small part due to the royal family’s passion for athletic activity. A member of the International Olympic Committee and President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee, Prince Albert II also competed in five Olympic Games, from 1988 to 2002, with the Monegasque bobsleigh team. His maternal grandfather, the father of Princess Grace Jack Kelly, was Olympic rowing champion in 1920 and 1924.

Princess Charlene of Monaco, who represented South Africa in the backstroke event at the Atlanta Olympic Games, is committed to humanitarian causes focused on educating children through sport. She presented an official car representing her Foundation to take part in the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020.

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A land of sport, the Principality is home to sporting bodies such as the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), the Association of Tennis Professionals (Europe Zone), the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM, the world governing body for all powerboating activities) and the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne et Biathlon (the world governing body for pentathlon and other multi-discipline sports). The country hosts the Sportel convention, which brings together decision-makers from the worlds of media and sport, and the UEFA draw.

Numerous sporting champions have also chosen to settle in Monaco, including tennis players Novak Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov and the Zverev brothers, and cyclists Chris Froome and Peter Sagan. The Principality is also home to more racing drivers than anywhere else, with residents including Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and, naturally, Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc.

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