The Madrid Open is a joint men’s and women’s professional tennis tournament that is a Premier Mandatory event on the WTA Tour and is part of the men’s ATP Tour Masters 1000.
The event began in 2002 as an ATP Masters Series, before expanding to a women’s Premier tournament in 2009. The event is held on clay courts, controversially using blue clay in 2012 (see picture above) before reverting to red. Roger Federer was the only player to win the tournament on three different surfaces – hard in 2006, red clay in 2009 and blue clay in 2012.
The 2019 Champions were:
2019 Men’s Singles – Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2019 Women’s Singles – Kiki Bertens (NED)
2019 Men’s Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecău (ROU)
2019 Women’s Doubles – Hsieh Su-wei (TPE) / Barbora Strýcová (CZE)
When is the Madrid Open?
The Madrid Open (currently known as the Mutua Madrid Open for sponsorship reasons) is held early during the spring European clay court season, usually taking place in early May and lasting a week before the French Open.
The 2020 Madrid Open was due to take place between Sunday 3rd May and Sunday 10th May 2020 but was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Therefore the 2021 event will be the first in two years, starting on 30th April with Qualifying and finishing with the men’s final on the 9th May 2021.
Where is the Madrid Open?
From 2002 to 2008, the tournament was held as an indoor hard court event at the Madrid Arena. However since 2009 the Madrid Open has become a clay court tournament, being held at the La Caja Mágica (The Magic Box).
The venue has three clay courts, each with a retractable roof. The centre court (Manolo Santana Stadium) has a capacity of 12,500, the Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Stadium can hold up to 3,000 spectators, and Stadium 3 can seat 2,500.
How do I get to the Madrid Open?
La Caja Mágica is located in the Linear Park of the Manzanares River, approximately 7 kilometres south of Madrid city centre.
Airport – Madrid–Barajas Airport is the second largest Airport in Europe and serves many destinations across the world. The airport is located approximately 18 kilometres northeast of La Caja Mágica.
From the airport, you can catch Line 8 of the Metro directly into the centre. From here you can reach La Caja Mágica as below.
Bus – During the tournament, bus number 180 runs directly from Plaza de Legazpi to La Caja Mágica. Buses run every 10 to 20 minutes, with the first bus to leave an hour before the first match and finishes an hour after the last match.
There are several other bus lines that run close to La Caja Mágica:
- Line 23 – Plaza Mayor to Glorieta San Martín De La Vega
- Line 78 – Glorieta de Embajadores to Barrio de san Fermín
- Line 123 – Plaza de Legazpi to Villaverde Bajo
- Line T32 – Plaza de Legazpi to Mercamadrid
Metro – From central Madrid, catch Line 3 of the Madrid Metro to San Fermín-Orcasur in about 20 minutes. The stop is located 750-800 metres from the entrance to La Caja Mágica, with a walking time of about 10 minutes.
How do I get tickets to the Madrid Open?
To purchase tickets and for further ticket information, consult the ticketing section of the official Madrid Open website here.