Double the excitement

Antonio Arenas Mutua News

Strength comes through unity, something that will be more than necessary to conquer the Caja Mágica. Doubles fans will have plenty to celebrate this May as the best doubles pairs in the world come to the Mutua Madrid Open in search of the crown at one of the most prestigious events on the calendar.

Rapport, coordination, mutual confidence; just some of the many virtues required to play at the highest level. It is a discipline for reflexes and quick reactions, with shots that will amaze the most demanding of spectators in the Spanish capital.

Expect to see plenty of passion in matches on the Caja Mágica clay, with a special connection between two athletes pulling together for a common goal. Electrifying net play, stunning lobs, truly masterful volleys and technique in its purest form is about to be unleashed on Madrid.

Doubles tennis is built on teamwork, one of the noblest values in sport. The best specialists on tour are about to launch their campaigns under the sun in the capital and the reward will be unforgettable: lifting the cup in the Manolo Santana Stadium. Come and be entertained!

Women’s pairs

Kristina Mladenovic / Timea Babos: After going their separate ways for three seasons, the French and Hungarian players are back together and more successful than ever. Seasoned campaigners, with their hunger intact and a hard-earned mutual understanding, Kristina and Timea’s biggest achievements as a team have come in 2018.

The defending champions of the Australian Open, their first Grand Slam together, come to Madrid revered as one of the strongest pairs on the WTA tour. The respect for them in the dressing room is well established. On court, the racquet skills of Mladenovic – the 2016 champion with Caroline Garcia – combined with the power of Babos, make them an increasingly difficult force to stop.

Elena Vesnina / Ekaterina Makarova: The Russians know what it takes to produce perfection on the Caja Mágica clay and they are bidding to finally leave their mark this year. Runners-up in 2012, they will be hoping to go one further this year and get their hands on the cup, as they are enjoying the most fruitful spell of their careers.

The current Olympic champions are now the most recognisable team on the women’s tour. Since lifting their first trophy together in 2012, Makarova and Vesnina have built a game that is within reach of very few duos. Madrid awaits them with open arms.

María José Martínez / Andreja Klepac: A home victory in the Caja Mágica is just what the fans are hoping for. The Murcia native looks strong as she comes into her second season with Klepac, having found their place in the top 5 of the women’s rankings at the start of the 2018 season. Competing at home will be a unique opportunity on the calendar for the Spanish player.

A quality player with a superb touch, at 35 years of age Martínez-Sánchez is world class. Fans who enjoy variety in their tennis will be delighted to witness her skills with a racquet in hand. Together with Klepac, she forms a double act that is increasingly delivering on court. Time for glory in Madrid?

Men’s pairs

Oliver Marach / Mate Pavic: The Austrian and Croatian have become the pair to beat on the ATP World Tour in their second full season together. Hard court has won them the respect of the dressing room, such that their arrival on clay will be a trial by fire.

The experience of Marach, a 37-year-old virtuoso, combines with the strength of Pavic, just 24 years of age, but growing in confidence on the doubles tour. One of the freshest combinations in recent times comes to the Caja Mágica with limitless potential. First-rate challengers.

Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan: Five titles in Madrid – three of them on the clay of the Manolo Santana Stadium – is something no other team can boast. Now in the final stretch of their careers, the Americans have not managed to lift the cup in Madrid since 2014, but they are still a team to watch out for on tour.

A pair with a record number of victories always attracts the fans, and in 2018 they will leave their mark in the Spanish capital once again. The brothers guarantee spectacle and any chance to catch a glimpse of their game is a huge privilege.

Juan Sebastián Cabal / Robert Farah: The Latin flavour will be provided by the tour’s biggest Colombian stars. They are among the leading teams on clay and one with unfinished business in Madrid. The altitude of the Caja Mágica may prove a test to the South Americans.

One of the few teams that has lifted titles on clay in each of the last four seasons. No Spanish-speaking duo has ever managed to win in the Spanish capital and the maturity of the Colombians is growing. Time for a change?