Did you know these 5 History Mutua Madrid Facts?
Fact №1 Madrid`s lineage
First the Madrid Open tournament was held in Stockholm, so it was Sweden from 1990 to 1994. In 1995 it was moved to Essen, Germany after the success of the ATP Masters Series classified the event. From 1996 to 2001 it was held in Stuttgart. Finally, it was moved to its current place in Madrid in 2002 where it was held for the first time in Rockódromo.
Fact №2 Debuted alongside the ATP event
It`s one of four Premier Mandatory events of the season, debuted in 2009 running alongside the ATP event. In 2009 it was also expanded to include WTA professionals. It happened when the surface changed from indoor hard court to clay courts.
Fact №3 Madrid Open – one of three great clay-court tournaments
Madrid Open is one of 3 clay-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments (Monte-Carlo, Rome), while 4 others are taking place on hard courts in North America (Indian Wells, Miami, Cincinnati, Montreal), and 2 are later in the season (Shanghai, Paris). Besides the Grand Slams, Madrid is the tournament everyone wants to win. It is also the next most important tennis tournament.
Fact №4 Magic Box
One of the memorable events of the tournament is the change of the venue from the Madrid Arena to the Caja Mágica (Magic Box) and the competition`s time changed from October to May in 2008, a year when one of the best women’s tournaments in the world was launched.
Fact №5 Altitude to the tournament
One of the main Madrid Facts that differ Madrid from the rest of the tournaments is the altitude that sportsmen play at. The Caja Mágica is apparently one of the highest venues. In terms of being above sea level. Players have to be prepared for that, the ball can move in a little bit different way because of the air is a little thinner.
Most interesting Mutua Madrid Facts you shouldn`t miss!
1. Madrid Open is currently sponsored by Mutua Madrileña – founded in 1930, a large non-profit Spanish company that provides health, life, accident and automobile insurance and also pension and investment funds.
2. Interesting personality – Owner. Ion Tiriac, whose nickname is Brasov Bulldozer, is the owner of the Mutua Madrid Open. Tiriac is now billionaire businessman and an incredible personality, who played ice hockey for Romania and also represented Romania in the Davis Cup, appearing in 3 finals.
3. Have you heard all of them? Mutua Madrid Open’s sponsors: Mutua Madrileña, the Council of Madrid, Estrella Damm, Mercedes-Benz, Ricoh, Ohlimpia, Dunlop, AC Hoteles Marriott, ABC, Adecco, Prosegur, Marca and Schweppes.
4. Talented director. The Mutua Madrid Open tournament, directed by Manolo Santana, has presented the Spanish capital as a benchmark in the scene of worldwide tennis.
What Manolo Santana could be really proud of: “We want to keep bringing the tournament closer to Madrid’s citizens. This tournament belongs to the citizens of Madrid, Spaniards. And we are very proud to stage it every year”.
5. Stumbling stone or Blue-colored clay. The tournament is presently played on red clay, but in 2012, because of the persistence of Tiriac, it was played on blue-colored clay, as the owner decided it would be visually attractive, mostly for TV viewers. But after players expressed concern about slipping and falling down, the organizers went back to red clay in 2013.
Mutua Madrid Open Tennis Champions. Some facts you should know!
“This is, definitely, one of the best tournaments in the world,”- Novak Djokovic
Sooo much Madrid Open titles!
“It is incredible. It’s marvelous that we have two players like Nadal and Ferrer in the top five in the world. And they’re backed up by players like Almagro, who is an incredible player, Verdasco, Feliciano, and Robredo, who are fighting to remain at the top and that’s not easy but they do it. We have to carry on supporting Rafa. He is a foundation not only of Spanish tennis but also world tennis. When Rafa plays, demand for tickets, interviews… go off the scale. It’s normal, because for me he’s not a normal sportsman, and we’re very lucky that all of us in the tennis family have him close to us.”
Mutua Madrid Open 2016 Achieves
• Anniversary Year. This year (the tournament was held 30 April – 8 May 2016) it was 15 years of the Mutua Madrid Open.
• Impressive amounts boasted by the Mutua Madrid Open 2016: more than 244,000 spectators (which is an increase of 23,274 spectators compared to 2015 and of more than 43,000 spectators compared to 2014) from over 180 countries all over the world and all of them were enjoying the world’s best tennis players on the Caja Mágica clay.
• Prize money Check. The Mutua Madrid Open 2016`s Prize money has been updated, as of 2015 i.e., the paycheck of the tournament was €4,185,405 both for Men’s and Women’s category. In 2016 Prize money has been updated to a lesser amount.
• Cooking space and Dinner! Dekton, ultra-compact kitchen surface by Cosentino and the Mutua Madrid Open’s new sponsor, started in style of Spain’s biggest tennis tournament, with an exciting cooking show. It was on display at the tournament until 8 May. To open such unique “live cooking” show, it was held the first program with 3-Michelin star chef, David Muñoz, and tennis players Milos Raonic, Feliciano López, Fernando Verdasco and Eugenie Bouchard. Besides all, everyone who visited this location in Area -2, could receive a pair of sunglasses and were entered into a prize draw to win a dinner at the restaurant in Madrid by taking a Polaroid photo and by simply uploading it to their Twitter profile.
Congrats! Guinness World Record
One of the Madrid Open’s biggest achievements came on Sunday 1 May, when the Mutua Madrid Open made history by setting a Guinness World Record for the most people bouncing tennis balls on tennis rackets at the same time for ten seconds. The Madrid tournament doubled the number set by the China Open last year, managing 1,474 people, a new Guinness World Record.
Video:`No` to Gender Violence. Tennis players of 2016 Madrid Open tournament condemn gender violence. Serena Williams, Tomas Berdych, Simona Halep, David Ferrer, Petra Kvitova and others support campaign against gender violence made by the tournament sponsor’s philanthropic arm, the Mutua Madrid Foundation.
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