Roger Federer gets his annual birthday cake in Canada. Rafael Nadal gets his at the French Open.
But if you can’t have a Slam birthday, Monte Carlo is a pretty good second choice.
As long as Canadian Denis Shapovalov plays the event – this year is his debut; he meets qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday – he should be good for dessert.
Shapovalov turned 19 on Saturday. There to witness the fireworks was mascot Stormy.
Countryman Félix Auger-Aliassime gave him a lovely shutout on Instagram (note the tennis.life pic to commemorate the occasion).