As the WTA 1000 tournament did a few seasons ago, in 2023 the Mutua Madrid Open will become a two-week ATP Masters 1000 competition, in keeping with the spirit of growth that has underpinned the event ever since its arrival in Madrid in 2002.
Starting at this year’s edition, the ATP main draw at the Mutua Madrid Open will include 96 players instead of 56 and last 12 days compared to the previous 8. The qualifiers will take place on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 April, while the first round of the main draw will start on Wednesday 26 April and the final will be played on Sunday 7 May, completing a total of 22 sessions of the best tennis in the world.
In addition, the size of the draw in the WTA tournament will be increased to 96 players and take place in parallel with the men’s event, guaranteeing spectacular entertainment and offering the fans a wide range of great options to follow in the Caja Mágica.
“It’s great news,” enthused Feliciano López, the director of the Mutua Madrid Open. “Having managed to grow the WTA event, now we are taking the final step by increasing the duration and number of participants in the ATP draw, while also increasing the number of players in the WTA draw. It’s a move that benefits the fans, the players, and of course the city of Madrid and all the Mutua Madrid Open sponsors”.
Looking back, the Mutua Madrid Open started out life as an ATP Masters 1000 event in 2002, as part of the European indoor hard court swing at the end of the season. In 2009, the tournament underwent the biggest change in its history when it moved to the Caja Mágica, which entailed a change of surface to clay, and the inclusion of the women’s competition in the form of a WTA 1000 tournament.
In 2023, another step has been taken in the tournament’s evolution, making it a competition in which the best players in the world will be battling it out for two weeks to get their hands on the Mutua Madrid Open trophy.