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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]

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

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]

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HistoryEdit

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 clayEdit

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 finalsEdit

MenEdit

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

SinglesEdit

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

DoublesEdit

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2002   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
  Mahesh Bhupathi
  Max Mirnyi
6–3, 7–5, 6–0
2003   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Max Mirnyi
  Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6–2, 2–6, 6–3
2004   Mark Knowles (2)
  Daniel Nestor (2)
  Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–3, 6–4
2005   Mark Knowles (3)
  Daniel Nestor (3)
  Leander Paes
  Nenad Zimonjić
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
2006   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
  Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
7–5, 6–4
2007   Bob Bryan (2)
  Mike Bryan (2)
  Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
2008   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
  Mahesh Bhupathi
  Mark Knowles
6–4, 6–2
2009[Note 1]   Daniel Nestor (4)
  Nenad Zimonjić
  Simon Aspelin
  Wesley Moodie
6–4, 6–4
2010   Bob Bryan (3)
  Mike Bryan (3)
  Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–3, 6–4
2011   Bob Bryan (4)
  Mike Bryan (4)
  Michaël Llodra
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–3, 6–3
2012   Mariusz Fyrstenberg (2)
  Marcin Matkowski (2)
  Robert Lindstedt
  Horia Tecău
6–3, 6–4
2013   Bob Bryan (5)
  Mike Bryan (5)
  Alexander Peya
  Bruno Soares
6–2, 6–3
2014   Daniel Nestor (5)
  Nenad Zimonjić (2)
  Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–2
2015   Rohan Bopanna
  Florin Mergea
  Marcin Matkowski
  Nenad Zimonjić
6–2, 6–7(5–7), [11–9]
2016   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
  Rohan Bopanna
  Florin Mergea
6–4, 7–6(7–5)
2017   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
  Nicolas Mahut
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–5, 6–3
2018   Nikola Mektić
  Alexander Peya
  Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
5–3, ret.
2019   Jean-Julien Rojer
  Horia Tecău
  Diego Schwartzman
  Dominic Thiem
6–2, 6–3
  1. ^ As a successor of Hamburg Masters since 2009.

WomenEdit

 
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.

SinglesEdit

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

DoublesEdit

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

RecordsEdit

Men's singlesEdit

Men's doublesEdit

Women's singlesEdit

Women's doublesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.

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