It was speculated in 2010 that the Madrid Open could replace the French Open as the second Major of the season. In the end, things remained the same but Feliciano López, who will become the new tournament director of the Spanish event in 2019, thinks that the Mutua Madrid Open can still achieve a lot.
The tournament is the only tennis outdoor event in the world to have three stadiums with a retractable roof, besides the Australian Open. 'Sometimes the margin of improvement is small because the Madrid tournament's standard is very high,' Lopez admitted.
'But I believe that you can always improve things. I like big challenges. I would like Madrid to have a higher category one day than its present and which would be different from the other tournaments in its category. It could be called the fifth "Grand Slam" or something different.
A lot depends on the ATP but I think that that's what the tournament organisers have been dreaming for a while and we hope one day it will happen.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer and his relationship with losses: 'It was almost painful'