Are you ready for some tennis? During the first week of May the Madrid Open, sponsored by Mutua Madrileña is held here in our city. The event attracts the world’s best tennis players to come play in the Caja Mágica (Magic Box). The tournament is a Masters 1000 event in the men’s ATP circuit and a Premier Mandatory event in the women’s WTA circuit. It is only ranked slightly behind the Grand Slams in terms of importance. Interestingly, this is one of the few tournaments where men and women play at the same time.

In 2009, the Mutua Madrid Open transitioned from hard court to clay and changed the venue to Caja Mágica. The venue was designed by Dominique Perrault and is an amazing and modern complex with three open-air courts with retractable roofs. The tournament is traditionally played on a red clay surface. The ATP decided against playing on blue courts for the 2013 edition despite having been played on in 2012 tournament edition in part due to boycotts from players such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Spaniards have won the title five times since the inaugural edition in 2002. Fun fact, Rafael Nadal won the trophy for a fourth time in 2014. This tournament is regularly attended by Madrid footballers (soccer players) so keep an eye out for Cristiano Ronaldo – he often sits courtside. It starts on Friday May 5th and goes until Sunday May 14th. Tickets are still available with some as low as €8.

There are 17 sessions of play distributed throughout 10 days of competition. There are three types of tickets:

  1. Central Court (Manolo Santana Stadium) – gives access to the Center Court, Stadium 2, and the remaining courts. (Except on the 9th, 10th, and 11th when another ticket is required to access Stadium 2)
  2. Stadium 2 – gives access every day of the tournament to this stadium and Center Court ticket and ground tickets except on days listed above.
  3. Ground ticket – grants access to Stadium 2 and remaining courts (except Center Court). On the 9th, 10th, and 11th access is allowed only to Stadium 3 and outer courts.

Friday May 5th, the 6th, and the 7th are single session days and from Monday the 9th to Saturday the 13th the sessions are double. The first session is the day session and typically starts around 10:30am and the second session is the night session, which begins at 8:00pm. To make sure you see the stars and your favorites, be sure to check both the order of play and training schedule the day before you go. Check out the the 2017 program of when the matches are!

 

– Nina

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