Madrid Open (tennis)
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Madrid Open Tennis

Mutua Madrid Open
Tournament information
LocationMadrid
Spain
VenueMadrid Arena (2002-2008)
Caja Mágica (since 2009)
SurfaceHard - indoors (2002-2008)
Clay - outdoors (since 2009)
Websitemadrid-open.com
Current champions (2019)
Men's singlesSerbia Novak Djokovic
Women's singlesNetherlands Kiki Bertens
Men's doublesRomania Horia Tec?u
Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Women's doublesChinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
ATP Tour
CategoryMasters 1000
Draw56S / 28Q / 24D
Prize moneyEUR7,279,270 (2019)
WTA Tour
CategoryPremier 1000
Draw64S / 32Q / 28D
Prize moneyUS$7,021,128 (2019)

The Madrid Open (Spanish: Masters de Madrid), currently sponsored by Mutua Madrileña and known as the Mutua Madrid Open, is a joint men's and women's professional tennis tournament, held in Madrid, during early May. The clay-court event is classified as an ATP Tour Masters 1000 on the Association of Tennis Professionals tour and a Premier Mandatory event on the Women's Tennis Association tour. In the past, it has also been known as the Madrid Masters. The tournament is traditionally played on a red clay surface. The event was played on blue courts in the 2012 tournament edition, with the ATP deciding against blue thereafter.[1]

Ion ?iriac, a Romanian former ATP pro and now billionaire businessman, has been the owner of the tournament since 2009.[2] According to a Romanian publication which interviewed ?iriac in 2019, the tournament brings to the city of Madrid annual benefits exceeding EUR107 million.[3]

History

From its inauguration as a men's only event in 2002, the tournament was classified as one of the ATP Masters Series tournaments, where it replaced the now-defunct Eurocard Open in Stuttgart. It was held from 2002 to 2008 in the Madrid Arena as the first of two Master's indoor hard court late-season events that preceded the ATP Tour Finals (also indoors). In 2009, the tournament was transformed, expanding to include a premier women's contest (replacing the tournament in Berlin) and shifting to an earlier period of the tennis season to become the second Master's tournament of the spring European clay-court swing (replacing the Hamburg Open) and moving outdoors to Park Manzanares, where a new complex with a retractable-roof equipped main court was constructed, the Caja Magica.

?iriac announced in April 2019 that he has extended his sponsorship contract of the Mutua Madrid Open for 10 additional years, until 2031.[4] Because he agreed to continue in Madrid, ?iriac will receive more than 30 million euros from the city of Madrid in the coming years.[3]Feliciano López was announced as the Madrid tournament director, commencing 2019.[5]

Starting in 2021, the tournament will expand to become a two week tournament.[6]

Blue clay

In 2012 blue clay was used for the first (and only) time in professional tennis

Tiriac proposed and implemented in 2012 a new color of blue clay for all the courts' surfaces, motivating that it would supposedly be better visually, especially for viewers on television (analogous to some hardcourt surface events migrating to blue from various previous color schemes). Some speculated that the adaptation of blue color was a nod to the titular sponsor of the tournament, the Spanish insurance giant Mutua Madrileña. This controversial change was subsequently granted and began to be used in the 2012 edition of the tournament.[7] In 2009 one of the outer tennis courts had already been made of the new surface for the players to test it. Manuel Santana, the Open's director, had assured that aside from the colour, the surface kept the same properties as the traditional red clay.[8]

On 1 December 2011, ?iriac confirmed that the blue clay surface was officially approved for the 2012 edition of the tournament, in both the ATP and WTA circuits.[9]

However, after the event took place in 2012, threats of future boycotts from some players, especially Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (who both lost on the blue surface), led the tournament to return to the traditional red clay for the 2013 season.[10]

Roger Federer is the only male player to win the tournament on three different surfaces: hard courts (2006), red clay (2009), and blue clay (2012). Serena Williams is the only female player to win the tournament on two different surfaces: blue clay (2012) and red clay (2013).

Past finals

Men

Spanish player Rafael Nadal clinched the title five times on home turf (a record).

Singles

Doubles

Women

Petra Kvitová (winner in 2011, 2015 & 2018) holds the record in Madrid for the most title wins (three).
Simona Halep has made four finals in Madrid, winning her first title in 2016 before defending it 2017, besides making finals in 2014 and 2019 too.

Singles

Doubles

Records

Player(s) Record Year(s)
Most Titles
Men's Singles Spain Rafael Nadal
5
2005, 2010, 2013-14, 2017
Women's Singles Czech Republic Petra Kvitová
3
2011, 2015, 2018
Men's Doubles United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5
2006-07, 2010-11, 2013
Canada Daniel Nestor[note 1] 2002, 2004-05, 2009, 2014
Women's Doubles Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
2
2012, 2014
Most Finals
Men's Singles Spain Rafael Nadal
8
2005, 2009-11, 2013-15, 2017
Women's Singles Romania Simona Halep
4
2014, 2016-17, 2019
Most Consecutive Titles
Men's Singles Spain Rafael Nadal
2
2013-14
Men's Doubles The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
2
2004-05
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
2006-07, 2010-11
Most Consecutive Finals
Men's Singles Spain Rafael Nadal
3
2009-11, 2013-15
  1. ^ Daniel Nestor won these titles with two different partners; Mark Knowles and Nenad Zimonji?.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Changed from indoor hard court to clay court, taking the place of the Hamburg Masters as a clay court Masters Series event.

References

  1. ^ "Madrid's blue clay given red card by ATP". 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Madrid Masters goes bling". tennisworldusa. 8 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Ion ?iriac a încheiat o nou? super-afacere. Va semna un contract de peste 30 de milioane de euro" (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 9 April 2019.
  4. ^ "El Ayuntamiento indemnizará al dueño del Mutua Madrid Open con medio millón de euros por la Copa Davis". ABC (in Spanish). 9 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Feliciano Lopez is going to be Madrid's tournament director". Baseline.
  6. ^ "Madrid Open expands to become a two-week tournament". Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ AS, Diario (29 November 2011). "El Mutua Madrid Open se jugará en una pista azul". as.com. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Blue clay may be in play". Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ "Is blue the new red? Madrid's clay court revolution". Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ "Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal threaten to boycott Madrid Open if they don't change blue clay-court". 11 May 2012.

External links

Coordinates: 40°22?08?N 3°41?02?W / 40.3688°N 3.684°W / 40.3688; -3.684


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