Spain will be well represented in the qualifying rounds of the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open. In a bid for one of the seven places that give direct access to the tournament’s main draw, several Spanish players will be hoping to make the most of their invitation to play on the Caja Mágica clay against the best players in the world.
The tournament organisers have granted a wildcard to Marcel Granollers, Jaume Munar and Alejandro Davidovich to compete, starting on Saturday 5 May, in the qualifying round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 that takes place in the Spanish capital.
On the verge of the Top 100 of the ATP Ranking and enduring a season of recovery, Marcel Granollers is a familiar face at the Mutua Madrid Open. The Catalonian will be playing for the 11th time at an event where he has had some of the most notable results of his career, with wins over the likes of Ivan Ljubicic, Nikolay Davydenko and Gael Monfils.
It is also a good opportunity for Jaume Munar, one of the most promising players for the future of Spanish tennis. The Balearic Islander, No. 161 in the world at 20 years of age, will be playing in his third consecutive qualifying stage in the Caja Mágica as he seeks access to the first main draw of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in his career.
The Caja Mágica will also be a familiar venue to Alejandro Davidovich, who has already taken to the Madrid clay during the Junior Davis Cup in the 2015 season. Knocking on the door of the top 400 in the world at just 18 years of age, the current junior Wimbledon champion will be hoping to show off his talent in the Spanish capital.
Also, in a continued bid to support grass-roots tennis, the tournament has given an invitation to the 16-year-old Nicolás Álvarez Varona, the champion of the Under-12 tournament played five years ago. The Burgos native, who also clinched the Under-16 event two years ago, is currently the youngest player to have earned an ATP point, a feat he achieved at just 14 years and 3 months old. His rise continues in a 2018 in which he has reached his first final (Villena) and won his first Grade 1 title (Beaulieu-sur-Mer) on the ITF Junior Tour.
The international invitation to play in the main draw went to Australian player Thanasi Kokkinakis. The current No. 152 in the ATP Ranking is one of the standout players from the upcoming generation and, with a stunning performance at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Miami, he became the only player to have beaten Roger Federer in 2018 before a final.
In doubles, Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero have been granted the national invitation. With guaranteed support from the stands, the 2013 masters will have their eyes on one thing on the Caja Mágica clay: becoming the first home team to win the title in the Spanish capital.
Men’s Singles Main Draw
1. Roberto Carballés
2. Guillermo García López
3. Thanasi Kokkinakis
4. Pablo Andujar
Men’s Qualifying Draw
1. Nicolás Álvarez Varona
2. Marcel Granollers
3. Jaume Munar
Men’s Doubles Draw
1. National: Fernando Verdasco + David Marrero
2. International: Daniel Nestor + Florian Mergea