The future of the Madrid Masters may be questionable after reports that supremo Ion Tiriac wants to move it to Berlin, but that uncertainty has not stopped officials from expanding the footprint of the clay showpiece.
Next spring’s edition at the Caja Magica will be expanded to two full weeks – April 27 to May 9, TD Feliciano Lopez announced on Wednesday.
“We’re happy to have achieved the goal of becoming a two-week tournament”, the current player said.
“We sought this expansion and it is well-deserved, necessary and will allow us to enjoy the best tennis in the world at the Caja Mágica for a few more days.
“I’m sure that both our sponsors and all the fans will welcome this news with open arms, as well as the city of Madrid, which will receive more visitors for a longer period of time”.
The ATP-WTA event is one of the key elements in the run-up to Roland Garros,, followed immediately by Rome, which has also been lobbying for a fortnight-long block of the crowded Tour calendar.
Madrid first achieved Masters status 2002 as an indoor hardcourt event before switching to clay in 2009 at a new venue in the southern reaches of the capital built for the event by the city of Madrid the new.