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Madrid Open Tennis

Mutua Madrid Open
Tournament information
LocationMadrid
Spain
VenueMadrid Arena (2002-2008)
La Caja Mágica (since 2009)
SurfaceHard - indoors (2002-2008)
Clay - outdoors (since 2009)
Websitemadrid-open.com
Current champions (2022)
Men's singlesSpain Carlos Alcaraz
Women's singlesTunisia Ons Jabeur
Men's doublesNetherlands Wesley Koolhof
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
Women's doublesCanada Gabriela Dabrowski
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
ATP Tour
CategoryMasters 1000
Draw56S / 28Q / 24D
Prize moneyEUR6,744,165 (2022)
WTA Tour
CategoryWTA 1000
Draw64S / 32Q / 30D
Prize moneyUS$6,575,560 (2022)

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 ATP Tour and a WTA 1000 event on the WTA 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 billionaire businessman and former ATP professional, was the owner of the tournament between 2009 and 2021.[2] According to Digi Sport which interviewed ?iriac in 2019, the tournament brings to the city of Madrid annual benefits exceeding EUR107 million.[3] In 2021, ?iriac sold the tournament to New York-based giants IMG for approximately EUR390 Million.

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 women's tournament, part of the WTA tour, expanded to become a two-week tournament.[6] By December of the same year, it was announced Tiriac sold the event to IMG, which is now the new organizator and has already planned an expansion of courts, including a new stadium for over 10,000 people, to be built by partly draining the lake circling Caja Magica.[7]

In June 2022 ATP announced some changes to the ATP calendar for the coming year. The ATP Masters 1000 event in Madrid along with those in Shanghai and in Rome would now be held over two weeks starting in 2023, thus becoming 12 day events just like the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Miami.[8]

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 colour 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.[9] 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.[]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2002 The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6-3, 7-5, 6-0
2003 India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6-2, 2-6, 6-3
2004 The Bahamas Mark Knowles (2)
Canada Daniel Nestor (2)
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6-3, 6-4
2005 The Bahamas Mark Knowles (3)
Canada Daniel Nestor (3)
India Leander Paes
Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonji?
3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2006 United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
7-5, 6-4
2007 United States Bob Bryan (2)
United States Mike Bryan (2)
Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6-3, 7-6(7-4)
2008 Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
India Mahesh Bhupathi
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
6-4, 6-2
2009[a] Canada Daniel Nestor (4)
Serbia Nenad Zimonji?
Sweden Simon Aspelin
South Africa Wesley Moodie
6-4, 6-4
2010 United States Bob Bryan (3)
United States Mike Bryan (3)
Canada Daniel Nestor
Serbia Nenad Zimonji?
6-3, 6-4
2011 United States Bob Bryan (4)
United States Mike Bryan (4)
France Michaël Llodra
Serbia Nenad Zimonji?
6-3, 6-3
2012 Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg (2)
Poland Marcin Matkowski (2)
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tec?u
6-3, 6-4
2013 United States Bob Bryan (5)
United States Mike Bryan (5)
Austria Alexander Peya
Brazil Bruno Soares
6-2, 6-3
2014 Canada Daniel Nestor (5)
Serbia Nenad Zimonji? (2)
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6-4, 6-2
2015 India Rohan Bopanna
Romania Florin Mergea
Poland Marcin Matkowski
Serbia Nenad Zimonji?
6-2, 6-7(5-7), [11-9]
2016 Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tec?u
India Rohan Bopanna
Romania Florin Mergea
6-4, 7-6(7-5)
2017 Poland ?ukasz Kubot
Brazil Marcelo Melo
France Nicolas Mahut
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7-5, 6-3
2018 Croatia Nikola Mekti?
Austria Alexander Peya
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5-3 (ret.)
2019 Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer (2)
Romania Horia Tec?u (2)
Argentina Diego Schwartzman
Austria Dominic Thiem
6-2, 6-3
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain
2021 Spain Marcel Granollers
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
Croatia Nikola Mekti?
Croatia Mate Pavi?
1-6, 6-3, [10-8]
2022 Netherlands Wesley Koolhof
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6-7(4-7), 6-4, [10-5]

Women

Petra Kvitová (winner in 2011, 2015 & 2018) holds the record in Madrid for the most title wins (three).
Simona Halep has reached four finals in Madrid, winning her first title in 2016 before defending it in 2017.
Ons Jabeur the current champion, becoming the first African player to win a title at this level.

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[i] 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. ^ a b 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. ^ "IMG compra la dueña del Mutua Madrid Open y el Acciona Open de España y ficha a Gerard Tsobanian" (in Spanish). 2playbook. 6 December 2021.
  8. ^ "ATP calendar: Madrid and Rome over two weeks from 2023, Munich advances". tennisnet.com. 9 June 2022. Retrieved 2022.
  9. ^ AS, Diario (29 November 2011). "El Mutua Madrid Open se jugará en una pista azul". as.com. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Is blue the new red? Madrid's clay court revolution". Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ "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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