Just as the WTA 1000 competition did a couple of years ago, in 2023 the Mutua Madrid Open will become a two-week ATP Masters 1000 tournament, true to the spirit of growth that has defined the event since its arrival in Madrid in 2002.
Starting next year, the ATP draw at the Mutua Madrid Open will be increased in size (from 56 players to 96) and duration (from 8 days to 12). The qualifiers will take place on Monday 24 and 25 April, while the first round in the main draw will kick off on Wednesday 26 before the competition reaches its climax on Sunday 7 May, completing a total of 22 sessions of the best tennis in the world.
In addition, the WTA tournament will expand its draw from 64 players to 96, and will take place in parallel with the men’s competition, guaranteeing a spectacular event and offering the fans a range of great options to follow in the Caja Mágica.
“It’s fantastic news”, said Feliciano López, director of the Mutua Madrid Open. “Having managed to grow the WTA tournament, now we’re taking the final step by increasing the duration and participants in the ATP draw, and also expanding the number of players in the WTA draw. It’s a change that will benefit the fans, the players and of course the city of Madrid, as well as all the sponsors of the Mutua Madrid Open”.
Forming part of the European hard-court swing at the end of the season, the Mutua Madrid Open started out as an ATP Masters 1000 event in 2002. In 2009, the tournament underwent the biggest change in its history, moving to the Caja Mágica in spring, on clay, and becoming a combined event with the inclusion of the WTA 1000 tournament.
Tickets to the 2023 Mutua Madrid Open will be available for purchase soon on the tournament’s official website.