The Mutua Madrid Open is one of the most important tournaments on both the male and female circuits today. It has been held in the Spanish capital since 2002 and was originally a male only competition played indoors and on hard court. However, in 2009 it opened its doors to the WTA circuit and changed to an outdoor clay competition. It is played in May just before the second Grand Slam of the season, Roland Garros, in the top class setting of the Caja Mágica.
Since the tournament was revamped it is now a Masters 1000 event in the men’s category and a Premier event in the women’s, placed only behind the Grand Slams in terms of precedence. The Mutua Madrid Open is the second most important clay-court tournament on the calendar, and year upon year attracts the world’s best players.
The list of tournament winners is spectacular, and no fewer than six world number ones in the men’s game have previously won the trophy, including Andre Agassi, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Marat Safin, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal are the most garlanded players with three victories each, whilst the Bryan brothers Bob and Mike have won five doubles titles.
In the women’s category, the tournament has been played since 2009, but of the nine players to have reached the final in Madrid, six have been at the top of the WTA rankings: Dinara Safina, Caroline Wozniaki, Venus Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williand and Maria Sharapova. America’s Serena Williams has dominated the tournament in recent years, winning the 2012 and 2013 editions, downing Azarenka and Sharapova respectively in each of the finals.