Monte Carlo is a place known for its glitz and glamour; and now the rich area in Monaco will host another star with the news that Roger Federer is set to gain some vital practice on clay ahead of the French Open after accepting a wildcard entry to the Masters.
The most decorated Grand Slam player missed the last two years of the event, but he will now join the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the draw.
Federer was initially due to opt out again, but the 32-year-old has changed his mind as the French Open looms on the horizon.
Roland Garros has been the Swiss' least favourite slam; only once has the right-hander triumphed in Paris.
The main reason for his comparative lack of success is Nadal: 'The King of Clay'. He is almost unstoppable on the surface and has only ever lost one French Open match, back in 2009; the year Federer completed the career Grand Slam.
It's not as if Federer isn't an accomplished player on clay himself but his Spanish rival is on another level.
Nadal won eight Monte Carlo events in a row - three in finals to Federer - and was finally defeated by Djokovic last year who will look to defend the title this time around.
Federer's last appearance at the Masters 1000 tournament in 2011 ended in quarter-final defeat to Jurgen Melzer.
The last few years have been less successful for the 17-time Grand Slam winner and he is without a major title since downing Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2012.
Having slipped to eighth in the rankings, the Swiss star has returned to the top four following his first singles title of 2014 when he won the Dubai championships at the back end of February.
Elsewhere this year Federer lost in the final of the Brisbane International to home favourite Lleyton Hewitt and was knocked out in the semi-finals of the subsequent Australian Open to Nadal.
Following final disappointment to Djokovic at the Indian Well Masters and a quarter-final shock in the Sony Open in Miami against Kei Nishikori, the Swiss no.2 - who lost his title as no.1 to Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka - helped his country to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup by winning a decisive singles rubber against Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev.
The Monte Carlo Masters kick-off this weekend and competitors will be fighting for the € 2,884,675 prize fund awarded to the winner.
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