Rafael Nadal’s Home Event Mutua Madrid Open Announces Exciting News

Published 09/17/2021, 10:44 AM EDT
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 14: Rafael Nadal of Spain bites the winners trophy after his win over Dominic Thiem of Austria in the final during day nine of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis at La Caja Magica on May 14, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


One of the most notable events in the calendar year is the Mutua Madrid Open. Although the tournament was first conducted on the hard surface, over the years, it has been converted into a clay event. The tournament was first inaugurated in 2002. 

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In 2009, it became a clay event and witnesses the top players in action. Initially, it was a men’s event but with time it tied up with the WTA as well. The Mutua Madrid Open is owned by Ion Țiriac. He has been a former ATP professional and is a billionaire business person.

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Recently, there was a positive development with regard to the Mutua Madrid Open. The event has been granted the right to be an ATP 1000 event till 2030. 

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain saludates to Carlos Alcaraz of Spain after his Men’s Singles match, round of 32, against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain on the ATP Masters 1000 – Mutua Madrid Open 2021 at La Caja Magica on May 5, 2021 in Madrid, Spain (Photo by Oscar J. Barroso / Europa Press Sports via Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal has won the most at the Mutua Madrid Open 

The most successful player in this event has been none other than Rafael Nadal. The clay-court specialist has won the event five times over the years. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have both won the tournament thrice. Amongst the new generation of players, Alexander Zverev has won this event twice. 

Interestingly, in 2012, the tournament was played for the first time on a blue-coloured clay court. The change wasn’t received well by the players. Many of the big names from the men’s and women’s circuits were left unhappy with this latest development. 

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MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 05: Tennis players including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams arrive on court to observe a moment of silence for Brad Drewett during day two of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 5, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. He was a former tour player who led the ATP as executive chairman and president since January 2012, died Friday after a battle with motor neurone disease. He was 54. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer is the only player to win this event on all three different surfaces. He’s won the title on the hard court, then the red clay, and he won the event on the blue clay in 2012. 

In the current season, German giant Alexander Zverev won this event. During the event, he beat Rafa, followed by Thiem and eventually beat Berrettini in the final. It will be interesting to see how things turn out in the 2022 season.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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