The Madrid Masters is almost upon us. The brainchild of Ion Tiriac the tournament has featured some interesting innovations over the years. Models as ball girls and blue slippy clay. In 2017 Madrid hosted a very successful Tie Break Tens event. The Mutua 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 nation’s capital Madrid. The event 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 9 days of clay court days.
As is customary during the European clay court swing Rafael Nadal has so far dominated the 2018 clay court season winning both in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. There is a slight processionary atmosphere in the men’s tournaments at the moment as Nadal is so dominant and yet to drop a set. The women’s game offers a more wider range of contenders. The winners really could come from anywhere. There is around 12-15 legitimate contenders in the game. At the moment the games are much more interesting. Svitolina, Kerber, Sharapova, Halep, Muguruza and many more will be contenders in Madrid.
Novak Djokovic admitted that his confidence is not as high as it should be at the moment. The Serb has struggled for form having returned in early March from an elbow injury and subsequent surgery. He is almost unrecognisable from the player that dominated the tour for so long. We hope that he can return to some level of form soon. Serena Williams also recently announced she was pulling out of Madrid. Ranked a lowly 445 in the world the American is promoting her new documentary Being Serena which premiered on HBO on Wednesday.
Novak and Serena aside we expect most of the top names in Madrid. Aside from the altitude this clay event will provide a good barometre for all the potentials for the French Open.