Chris Kermode’s Letter

Antonio Arenas Mutua News

Dear Tennis Fans,

Welcome to the 2018 ATP World Tour, and to the Mutua Madrid Open at the spectacular Caja Magica.

The Mutua Madrid Open is one of just nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments on the Tour, featuring the world’s greatest athletes competing for one of the most coveted titles in the sport, as well as 1000 ATP Rankings points on offer to the winner.

The ATP World Tour is one of sport’s few truly global sports properties, featuring 64 tournaments in 31 countries across five continents, while the Top 100 players come from more than 35 countries. Each tournament has its unique characteristics and the Mutua Madrid Open has established itself as one of the pillars of the European clay court swing. This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the tournament being held at the Caja Majica. This venue has served as a terrific facility for the world’s best players over the years.

We hope you enjoy the drama that unfolds on court throughout the tournament. We’re fortunate to be witnessing one of the most exciting eras in the history of the sport, with global established superstars at the top of the game, as well as an incredibly talented group of #NextGenATP players who are making huge strides up the rankings in the early stages of their careers.

I would like to give special thanks to Tournament Director Manolo Santana for his work in making this tournament so successful over the years. This year will be Manolo’s last tournament in his role as Tournament Director. Manolo will celebrate his 80th birthday during this year’s tournament – he has given so much to tennis, and the fact that he will be recognised as Honorary President of the Mutua Madrid Open moving forward is a testament to his services to the sport.

The Tour is enjoying unprecedented success, with a record 4.5 million fans attending ATP World Tour events last year, and more than 995 million fans tuning in on television and online. The depth of talent on the Tour is simply phenomenal, and the ATP World Tour is attracting record audiences on-site, on television and online, thanks to an incredible generation of players as well as the strength of our global platform of tournaments.

The 2018 season culminates at the prestigious season-ending Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 in London, where only the top eight players of the season qualify to compete for the last title of the season, and the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world.

We thank you for your support and invite you to follow us all season long at www.ATPWorldTour.com.

Best wishes,

Chris Kermode