Did you know? Did you know? Lesser-known facts about Monaco А знаете ли вы, что? Малоизвестные факты о Монако Everyone knows the amazing story of the American actress, Grace Kelly, who became the Princess of Monaco. You probably also know that Monaco is the smallest country in the world, after the Vatican. And per haps you even know that the Principality is ruled by one of the oldest princely families, Grimaldi. There are many things that have made Monaco famous, including having one of the most famous casinos, being a European tax haven, becoming a home for billionaires, and being a luxurious holiday destination. What else is there to know about Monaco? Well, we will try to surprise you! Вы наверняка знаете, что Монако — самое маленькое в мире государство после Ватикана. Многим также известна удивительная история американской актрисы Грейс Келли, ставшей княгиней Монако. Княжество находится под управлением древнейшего княжеского рода Гримальди и прославилось как пристанище миллиардеров, налоговый рай Европы и роскошное место для отдыха… Казалось бы, что еще можно сказать о Монако? И все же мы попробуем вас удивить! Tennis stars in the Principality T he Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters ten- nis tournament attracts the world’s best players. But did you know that many of them not only come to the Prin- cipality for the tournament, but live here as well? It’s no wonder — a warm climate, the best training facilities, 40 courts of the prestigious Monte Carlo tennis club, medi- cal care and massage at any time — who wouldn’t choose Monaco as their base? In 2000, a Serbian, Novak Djokovic, one of the «big four» tennis professionals became a Monaco resident. He is a twelve-time win- ner of the Grand Slam singles, the five-time Grigor Dimitrov 16 / Hello Monaco Spring–Summer 2018 winner of the ATP World Tour finals and the Davis Cup winner (2010). As a Monaco resi- dent, Djokovic takes an active part in Prin- cess Charlene Charity Foundation. He also inspired the opening of the vegan restau- rant «Equita» in the heart of the Principality. Another Monaco resident is a Czech ten- nis player Petra Kvitova. She is a two-time winner of the Grand Slam and the Final WTA Tour, five-time winner of the Federa- tion Cup, a bronze medallist of the 2016 Olympic Games in singles, and the former world second racket (2011). But Petra’s Mo- naco residence came with quite a sensa- tional consequence. After her victory at Wimbledon, one of the most prestigious tennis championships, the Czech Repub- lic had an unpleasant surprise in store for her. A Czech Social Democrat, Stanislav Huml, called for rescinding Petra of her Czech nationality. According to Huml, Pe- tra «refused» to pay the income tax into the Czech treasury by residing in Monaco. Fortunately, Petra received the support of President Milos Zeman and the Finance Minister Andrei Babis. They argued that her Monaco residence is well justified since she is training and performing abroad. Un- der Czech tax law, anyone residing more Звезды большого тенниса в Княжестве Petra Kvitova than six months outside of the Czech Re- public does not have to pay tax. Moreover, they argued, Petra is a worthy ambassador of her country around the world. Bulgarian tennis player, Grigor Dimitrov, calls Monaco home as well. A world third racket and eight time ATP Tournament winner, all in the singles, Dimitrov became famous not only for his sporting achievements, but also for his love affairs. He had a 3-year relation- ship with the tennis star Maria Sharapova. Since 2015, he has been dating Nicole Scher- zinger, lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. The list of famous tennis players who are Monaco residents is impressively long. This includes: Czech Radek Stepanek, Tomas Berdych and Lucie Safarova, Danish Caroline Wozniacki, Canadian Milos Raionic, Australian Bernard Tomic and the Russians Marat Safin and Dinara Safina.