MONTE CARLO — Sport and entertainment’s finest rolled into Monaco’s capital for the Laureus World Sports Awards this week. Formula 1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, and tennis champ Goran Ivanisevic were among the athletes on hand to pick up their Laureus kudos.
Beyond the kudosfest, two days of sport and revelry included a charity auction, a regatta, and golf and tennis tournaments.
The auction, benefiting Laureus’ Sport for Good Foundation, pitted Catherine Zeta-Jones against hubby Michael Douglas over a Greg Gorman portrait of golfing great Seve Ballesteros. And soccerplayer- cum-thesp Vinnie Jones vied for an hour of tennis with John McEnroe, which eventually went to another bidder for $20,000.
Tuesday’s tennis tourney featured Ilie Nastase, Boris Becker, Henri Leconte, Emilio Sanchez-Vicario and McEnroe facing off with other athletes and non-pros such as Prince Albert of Monaco.
Among the sailing champs battling it out for a Mercedes-Benz CLK were Ben Ainslie, Thierry Peponnet, Dawn Riley and eventual winner Francesco Bruni.
Battling the fog on the greens high above the Monegasque capital were golf aficionados Sean Connery, Dougray Scott and the Oz cricket team, winners of the Laureus for world team of the year.