The Mutua Madrid Open has announced that from 2021 it will be a two-week tournament. It means that the next Mutua Madrid Open will take place from April 27 to May 9 at the Caja Mágica in 2021 Steve Simon, WTA President and CEO explained that the Mutua Madrid Open is held in high regard across the tennis community and this two-week format will allow Madrid organizers to showcase this world-class event in the beautiful city of Madrid.
as one of the most important events of the WTA Tour and in the sport of tennis. Manolo Santana, honorary president of the Mutua Madrid Open, added: "It's fantastic how much the tournament has grown since 2002, when we played its first edition at Casa de Campo.
The two weeks of racing we will have starting next year will help us to become one of the most important events on the calendar." Feliciano López, director of the Mutua Madrid Open siad: "We are delighted to have achieved our goal of becoming a two-week tournament.
We sought this expansion and it is deserved, necessary and will allow us to enjoy the best tennis in the world at Caja Mágica for one more week. I am sure that both our sponsors and all the fans will welcome this news with open arms, as will the city of Madrid, which will receive more visitors over a longer period of time."
The Madrid tournament from 2021 will last two weeks
The tournament was originally planned as a stop on the European indoor hardcourt tour at the end of the season and was first played as the ATP Masters 1000 in 2002. In 2009, the tournament achieved the biggest growth in its history when it moved to Caja Mágica, changing the clay surfaces and becoming a full tournament event with the addition of the WTA Premier Mandatory.
In 2021, the Mutua Madrid Open will start on Tuesday 27 April with the WTA qualifying round, while the first round of the main draw of the women's tournament will take place on Thursday 29 April. The ATP qualifiers will begin on Friday, April 30, with the first round starting on Sunday 2 May.
This year, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Mutua Madrid Open was not played, following the fate of many other major tournaments such as Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai. The main autumn clay-swing tournaments were the Italian Open and the Roland Garros.