Madrid Open (tennis)

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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 Tecău
Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Women's doublesTaiwan Hsieh Su-wei
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
ATP World Tour
CategoryMasters 1000
Draw56S / 28Q / 24D
Prize money7,279,270 (2019)
WTA Tour
CategoryPremier Mandatory
Draw64S / 32Q / 28D
Prize moneyUS$7,021,128 (2019)
In 2012 blue clay was used for the first (and only) time in professional tennis

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 World 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 Țiriac, a Romanian former ATP pro and now billionaire businessman, has been the owner of the tournament since 2009.[2] Țiriac said in 2019 that he reports an annual net profit of more than €107 million.[3]

Țiriac 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, Țiriac will receive more than 30 million euros from the city of Madrid in the coming years.[3]

History[edit]

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, 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.

Blue clay[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] Feliciano López was announced as the Madrid tournament director, commencing 2019.[7]

On 1 December 2011, Țiriac confirmed that the blue clay surface was officially approved for the 2012 edition of the tournament, in both the ATP and WTA circuits.[8]

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.[9]

Roger Federer was the only player to win the tournament on three different surfaces: hard courts (2006), red clay (2009), and blue clay (2012).

Past finals[edit]

Men[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2002 United States Andre Agassi Czech Republic Jiří Novák Walkover
2003 Spain Juan Carlos Ferrero Chile Nicolás Massú 6–3, 6–4, 6–3
2004 Russia Marat Safin Argentina David Nalbandian 6–2, 6–4, 6–3
2005 Spain Rafael Nadal Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 7–6(7–3)
2006 Switzerland Roger Federer Chile Fernando González 7–5, 6–1, 6–0
2007 Argentina David Nalbandian Switzerland Roger Federer 1–6, 6–3, 6–3
2008 United Kingdom Andy Murray France Gilles Simon 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
  Changed from Hard to Clay Court  
2009 Switzerland Roger Federer (2) Spain Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–4
2010 Spain Rafael Nadal (2) Switzerland Roger Federer 6–4, 7–6(7–5)
2011 Serbia Novak Djokovic Spain Rafael Nadal 7–5, 6–4
2012 Switzerland Roger Federer (3) Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 3–6, 7–5, 7–5
2013 Spain Rafael Nadal (3) Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka 6–2, 6–4
2014 Spain Rafael Nadal (4) Japan Kei Nishikori 2–6, 6–4, 3–0 Ret.
2015 United Kingdom Andy Murray (2) Spain Rafael Nadal 6–3, 6–2
2016 Serbia Novak Djokovic (2) United Kingdom Andy Murray 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
2017 Spain Rafael Nadal (5) Austria Dominic Thiem 7–6(10–8), 6–4
2018 Germany Alexander Zverev Austria Dominic Thiem 6–4, 6–4
2019 Serbia Novak Djokovic (3) Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas 6–3, 6–4

Doubles[edit]

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 Zimonjić
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[Note 1] Canada Daniel Nestor (4)
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
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 Zimonjić
6–3, 6–4
2011 United States Bob Bryan (4)
United States Mike Bryan (4)
France Michaël Llodra
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–3, 6–3
2012 Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg (2)
Poland Marcin Matkowski (2)
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
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 Zimonjić (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 Zimonjić
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [11–9]
2016 Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
India Rohan Bopanna
Romania Florin Mergea
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
2017 Poland Łukasz Kubot
Brazil Marcelo Melo
France Nicolas Mahut
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–5, 6–3
2018 Croatia Nikola Mektić
Austria Alexander Peya
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5–3, ret.
2019 Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
Argentina Diego Schwartzman
Austria Dominic Thiem
6–2, 6–3
  1. ^ As a successor of Hamburg Masters since 2009.

Women[edit]

Petra Kvitová (winner in 2011, 2015 & 2018) holds the record in Madrid, for the most titles (three).
Simona Halep defended her title the following year, grabbing two titles in 2016 and 2017 and playing finals in 2014 and 2019.

Singles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
↓  Premier Mandatory tournament   ↓
2009 Russia Dinara Safina Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 6–2, 6–4
2010 France Aravane Rezaï United States Venus Williams 6–2, 7–5
2011 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová Belarus Victoria Azarenka 7–6(7–3), 6–4
2012 United States Serena Williams Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6–1, 6–3
2013 United States Serena Williams (2) Russia Maria Sharapova 6–1, 6–4
2014 Russia Maria Sharapova Romania Simona Halep 1–6, 6–2, 6–3
2015 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová (2) Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–1, 6–2
2016 Romania Simona Halep Slovakia Dominika Cibulková 6–2, 6–4
2017 Romania Simona Halep (2) France Kristina Mladenovic 7–5, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
2018 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová (3) Netherlands Kiki Bertens 7–6(8–6), 4–6, 6–3
2019 Netherlands Kiki Bertens Romania Simona Halep 6–4, 6–4

Doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
↓  Premier Mandatory tournament   ↓
2009 Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Liezel Huber
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
United States Lisa Raymond
4–6, 6–3, [10–6]
2010 United States Serena Williams
United States Venus Williams
Argentina Gisela Dulko
Italy Flavia Pennetta
6–2, 7–5
2011 Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Russia Maria Kirilenko
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–4, 6–3
2012 Italy Sara Errani
Italy Roberta Vinci
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–1, 3–6, [10–4]
2013 Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová
Zimbabwe Cara Black
New Zealand Marina Erakovic
6–2, 6–4
2014 Italy Sara Errani (2)
Italy Roberta Vinci (2)
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
6–4, 6–3
2015 Australia Casey Dellacqua
Kazakhstan Yaroslava Shvedova
Spain Garbiñe Muguruza
Spain Carla Suárez Navarro
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [10–5]
2016 France Caroline Garcia
France Kristina Mladenovic
Switzerland Martina Hingis
India Sania Mirza
6–4, 6–4
2017 Chinese Taipei Chan Yung-jan
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Hungary Tímea Babos
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
6–4, 6–3
2018 Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
Hungary Tímea Babos
France Kristina Mladenovic
2–6, 6–4, [10–8]
2019 Chinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
Canada Gabriela Dabrowski
China Xu Yifan
6–3, 6–1

Records[edit]

Men's singles[edit]

Men's doubles[edit]

Women's singles[edit]

Women's doubles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 Țiriac a încheiat o nouă 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" (in Spanish). ABC. 9 April. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ AS, Diario (29 November 2011). "El Mutua Madrid Open se jugará en una pista azul". as.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Blue clay may be in play". Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  7. ^ "Feliciano Lopez is going to be Madrid's tournament director". Baseline.
  8. ^ "Is blue the new red? Madrid's clay court revolution". Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  9. ^ "Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal threaten to boycott Madrid Open if they don't change blue clay-court". 2012-05-11.

External links[edit]

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