Madrid Open (tennis)
The Madrid Masters is a men's tennis tournament in Madrid since 2009 and the fifth tournament of the ATP Masters Series. The previous host cities since the founding of the Masters Series 1990, Stockholm (1990-1994), Essen ( 1995) and Stuttgart ( 1996-2001). These were just like the Tournament of Madrid 2002-2008 held in the indoor hard court or carpet and were each the eighth Masters tournament of the season. This position decreases the 2009 tournament in Shanghai.
The Mutua Madrileña Masters is played on sand in the sports complex Caja Mágica since 2009, replacing the Masters in Hamburg. It has a 56 mm main field, so that the eight highest rated players total the seedings in the first round have a bye. The games will be played on two winning (best of three ). By 2006, was played in the finals best of five ( three wins ); This was changed in 2007.
Caused a sensation in the Madrid Masters with a discussion about the color of the sand. Tournament owner Ion Ţiriac suggested the tournament - in allusion to the color of the logo of the main sponsor Mutua Madrileña - unsubscribe at blaufärbigem sand. He also pointed out that the color facilitates the Watching because the ball was too unlike clay courts recognize more easily. This proposal initially met with little enthusiasm, well-known players such as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were opposed to the new brake pad. Nonetheless, place to host 2012 at blue sand. Both Nadal Novak Djokovic and criticized after their departure the flooring and the tournament organization so hard that they were threatening a boycott for the coming year, to be held at the blue clay court.
Record winner in the individual are, each with three victories Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, in double the twins Bob and Mike Bryan were able to triumph even five times. All four players won the tournament both on hard court as well as on sand.