The Madrid Masters is the blue riband event of the Spanish clay court season. It features a dual gender ATP Masters and WTA Premier Event in the nations capital Madrid. The Madrid Masters is held at La Caja Magica – the magic little box – the main stadia features 3 covered clay courts in what currently is the best tennis facility in Europe. The Tournament itself begins on Saturday with all the action being packed into 8 days of clay court days.
I write something on the Madrid Masters every year. Heres what I wrote a few years back.
There are so many questions and no doubt the answers will all be revealed in due course. This week will go a long way to determine how far Nadal can go in Paris and if Maria can get back to her best form on the clay. Follow the results on LOVE tennis blog.
In many ways this could be about the 2017 season. Rafael Nadal has so far dominated the 2017 clay court season winning both in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Madrid will be less important as the conditions differ so much from Roland Garros but nevertheless he will want to build on his momentum so far. Maria Sharapova will be delighted to have got a wilcard and even moreso to win her first round match against Lucic Baroni. She faces Eugenie Bouchard in the second round which should be a humdinger of a game especially following the Canadians comments about Marias doping ban.
In the past Madrid has always been a little gimmicky; take the beautiful models doing ball boy duties and even blue clay, Madrid and Ion Tiriac has always strove to be different. This year however there are no such gimmicks as Madrid is set to be the pre Roland Garros tuneup it was always intended to be. The players wont have any excuses this time nor will the owner. He has taken away the models and dumped the blue clay , apart from the altitude this clay event will provide a good barometre for all the potentials for the French Open.