Monte Carlo, for all its stunning views and prosperity, only holds one purpose for Andy Murray's visit next week.
The two-time Grand Slam champion needs to reach the latter stages because he has slipped to eighth in the rankings due to a serious back injury.
His recent Davis Cup disappointment in Italy gives Murray decent preparation on clay. However, he was outclassed 6-1 6-2 by Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka last year at the upcoming Masters Series event.
Then, Britain's No.1 was comprehensively beaten in 58 forgettable minutes on his weakest, but not hated surface.
After all, Murray reached the 2011 French Open semi-finals, where he was edged out by Rafael Nadal. The straight-sets scoreline was a touch unfair on the Scot, who made his close friend play some superb tennis to progress.
Now, he needs to replicate this encouraging display at Roland Garros ahead of a busy clay-court schedule.
Easier said than done, considering how a troublesome back problem has affected Murray's usual sharp movement and consistent serving on a challenging surface.
But the reigning Wimbledon champion has a habit of proving his critics wrong by responding emphatically in moments of adversity.
He won the Olympics and US Open after his tearful defeat to Roger Federer in the 2012 Wimbledon final, conveying the battling qualities us British love.
Murray knows he must reach the latter stages in Monaco to rise up the rankings and build momentum ahead of the French Open next month.
Who would bet against him?
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