An unforgettable decade of top-level sport. The Mutua Madrid Open is celebrating its 10th WTA tournament as one of the dates marked in red on the female calendar. The Caja Mágica has become one of the places to be for world stars, becoming one of the tournaments to win within the dressing room.
In a commemorative event held on Sunday on the clay at Centre Court, the circuit recognised the landmark in the Spanish capital, with Giulia Orlandi, WTA Tour Supervisor, Manolo Santa, Director of the WTA Premier Mandatory and world number one and the winner of the last two editions of the tournament Simona Halep all present.
After securing her 13th successive win at the Caja Mágica, an unprecedented achievement at the tournament, the Romanian paid tribute to the competition. “I always enjoy coming back to the Mutua Madrid Open,” she said. “It’s one of my favourite tournaments on the WTA circuit and to have won in Madrid twice means a lot to me.”
Upon the closure of the ceremony, the WTA presented Manolo Santana with a commemorative plaque recognising Halep as the tournament’s most successful player, reaching three finals (2014, 2016 and 2017) in the Spanish capital. “It’s really well organised and the staff are amazing. I’d like to congratulate the tournament for their tenth anniversary and thank them for the efforts they put in year upon year,” Halep added.
In addition, Halep also received the Marca 80th Anniversary Prize as the standout player since the inauguration of the tournament.