Ion Tiriac sets deadline to take big decision on Madrid Open's future


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Ion Tiriac sets deadline to take big decision on Madrid Open's future

Ion Tiriac called a group of Spanish reporters at the French Open in Paris to speak about the future of the Mutua Madrid Open. Tiriac wants the tournament to stay in Madrid, but he has set several conditions, according to Marca.

One condition is building a 10,000-seater outdoor court at the Caja Magica. The Romanian investor also asked for help from the Madrid municipality to increase the prize money by 30% instead of the usual 14% hike. Tiriac's goal is to make Madrid stand out among all the ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier Mandatory on the Tour.

If no agreement is made, Tiriac could relocate the tournament to Munich, Dusseldorf or Berlin. There is also a possibility that Tiriac could relocate the tournament to a Russian city. 'For Rome, it's much tougher to have a ten-day tournament, because in the calendar it's just in the week after Madrid,' Tiriac said. 'The Madrid tournament can't be played earlier or after.

Rome can be moved also to March, closer to Monte Carlo. However, the solution needs to be found with players. That's why it's sure that Madrid, since it's played in altitude, will never be moved one week before Roland Garros or as the last tournament before Roland Garros.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal speaks about his latest amazing achievement