Mutua Madrid Open set for big revamp in 2021

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Mutua Madrid Open set for big revamp in 2021

The Mutua Madrid Open will be a fortnightly tournament beginning 2021. The tournament confirmed the update to its schedule through its social media channels on Wednesday. Speaking about the development, tournament director Feliciano Lopez said, “We’re happy to have achieved the goal of becoming a two-week tournament.

We sought this expansion and it is well-deserved, necessary and will allow us to enjoy the best tennis in the world at the Caja Mágica for a few more days. I’m sure that both our sponsors and all the fans will welcome this news with open arms, as well as the city of Madrid, which will receive more visitors for a longer period of time”.

Lopez’s predecessor and the honorary president of the tournament, Manolo Santana added, “It’s fantastic how much the tournament has grown since 2002 when we played its first edition at Casa de Campo. The two weeks of competition we’ll have as from next year will help us become one of the most important events on the calendar”.

Mutua Madrid Open to be played across two weeks from 2021

The tournament was, as reminisced by Santana, first played in 2002. Back then, it was part of the ATP’s Tennis Masters Series and was played during the indoor swing, on hard courts, in the second half of the men’s tennis calendar.

In 2009, the tournament underwent significant reformation. It was moved from the indoor swing to the clay swing, with the Caja Mágica becoming its new home. In the men’s tour, it became part of the ATP Masters 1000 itinerary while on the WTA tour, it received the status of a Premier Mandatory event.

Roger Federer won the first edition of the Mutua Madrid Open on clay against Rafael Nadal while Dinara Safina beat Caroline Wozniacki for the title among the women. The Mutua Madrid Open was cancelled in 2020 on account of the ongoing pandemic.

While the tournament was included as part of the season’s rescheduled clay season, an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the Spanish capital pushed back the event organisers’ hopes for hosting the 19th edition of the event to 2021.

In 2021, the women's qualifiers will be played from 27th April while the men's qualifying draw action will begin from 30th April.