Brief Mutua Madrid History
The fifteenth anniversary tournament Mutua Madrid Open moved in 2009 from hard court to clay and now it is staged at the Caja Magica from 29th April to 8th May. For five times Spaniards have won the title since the inaugural edition in 2002 and Rafael Nadal lifted the trophy in 2014 for a fourth time.
It will be the 15th edition of the event on the ATP World Tour and the 8th on the WTA Tour. It is classified as a Premier Mandatory event on the 2016 WTA Tour and an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event on the 2016 ATP World Tour.
Manolo Santana, Tournament Director expressed his satisfaction after seeing the list released by ATP: “We have the great privilege to see the best players in the ranking in Madrid History again. For 14 years we have been working hard in order to make the Mutua Madrid Open a world-prime event and want this fifteenth anniversary to be unforgettable”.
Apart from the Grand Slams, Madrid is the next most important tournament, the one everyone wants to win. Ace tennis player of Britain Andy Murray has won the Mutua Madrid Open Men’s Singles Title in 2015. In the final match he defeated defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain by 6-3, 6-2 score. This was Andy’s first Mutua Madrid History title.
Feliciano López, from Toledo, Spain, is the only player who has played in the tournament in each of its 15 years, it is an incredible achievement.
On the top of the list of the planet’s best players is Novak Djokovic, who will also compete in Madrid. Novak has a record of 16 victories and 6 losses during the years he has been playing in the tournament. In 2016, he will be bidding to lift the trophy again and all the fans will have the opportunity to see the best player in the world back in the Caja Mágica.
Dinara Safina, the Mutua Madrid Open women players’ intermediary, made the following statement after seeing the list: “for one more time this year we have the chance to enjoy the top female players in the world in Madrid. This year’s tournament is even more special as it is the fifteenth anniversary, so we are excited to have such a spectacular line-up. We are going to give our all to make it an unforgettable few days”.
In 2015 Women’s Singles Title has won Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic. In final she overturned Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia by 6-1, 6-2 score. This was her second Mutua Madrid Open Women’s Singles Title. The first one she got in 2011. This year Petra also expects “To defend the title in Madrid”, because that “would be a really great result for me”.
As far as Serena Williams was withdrawn, Agnieszka Radwanska elevated to top seed of the the Mutua Madrid Open, but as a reward she will meet one of the draw’s most dangerous among floaters: Dominika Cibulkova.
The 15th Anniversary Mutua Madrid Open
Specially for the fifteenth anniversary,a unique opportunity to be closer to the stars of the sport will be given by the Mutua Madrid Open to 4 privileged tennis fans. The chosen lucky 4 , after the final will be able to attend the official press conference , meet and have some photos taken with the winner.
The best players in the world, since 2009 have been making the tour to the Caja Mágica. Who will appeare on top this year? Has the time come for Carla Suárez Navarro and Garbiñe Muguruza? Can Petra Kvitova defend her crown? Will a Spanish pretender win it for the first time? We don’t know who will become the champion, but what we know for sure is that 4 lucky fans will have the exceptional chance to meet her in person.
Also, the players from the ATP and WTA top, who will serve for the Madrid Open on Friday, have joined in the “I do not like you” campaign against domestic abuse of women, set up by the Mutua Madrilena Foundation, with the cooperation of the organizing committee of the tournament.
Serena Williams from America, Tomas Berdych and Petra Kvitova from Czech Republic, Simona Halep from Romania, Feliciano Lopez, Carla Suarez Navarro, Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer from Spain, among others, have lent their photo to help to convey the significance of rejecting gender violence, according to the Madrid Open’s organizing committee.
The Mutua Madrid Open has become one of the significant events in tennis, providing a key event to the European clay court season as the world’s best battle for one of the most glorified titles, as well as 1000 Emirates ATP Rankings points on offer to the winner.
Also, an agreement was signed by Manolo Santana, the Director of the Mutua Madrid Open, Gerard Tsobanian, the President and CEO of the Mutua Madrid Open and Borja Martiarena, the Ecovidrio’s Director of Marketing. According to this agreement during the tournament, the two entities undertake to promote glass recycling, encouraging fans and society in general to accede the cause to defend the environment. Manolo Santana was very happy about this collaborative work: “Our tournament is a world-leading occasion and now we want to be the Masters 1000 that is most involved with the challenge of recycling”.
Each year the Mutua Madrid Open, gathers more than 200,000 people, is broadcasted in more than 180 countries and continues to grow in popularity in Spain as fans flock to the Caja Magica to witness the world’s greatest players in action. It has become one of the most measurable national events and in the words of Borja Martiarena: “There is no more ideal platform for millions of people to get to know about the advantages of recycling glass in the green container”.