The Madrid Masters which officially started last Friday is kicking into full gear this week as the top guns are getting into action. It is one of the most prestigious titles on clay court. Here are some interesting facts about the Madrid Masters.
1) Strange history
Madrid Masters wasn’t always played on clay court. It wasn’t always open for both sexes. It wasn’t even always played in Madrid.
Originally it was played in Stockholm, Sweden from 1990-1994. Then in 1995 it was played in Essex, Germany. Later from 1996-2001, it was held in Stuttgart, Germany. After which it landed in Madrid.
It wasn’t until 2009 that it expanded to include the WTA professionals. It happened when the surface changed from indoor hard court to clay court.