Big changes confirmed for 2021 Madrid Open as tournament announces ‘well-deserved’ expansion

Caja Magica Madrid Open

Next year’s Madrid Open will “bigger, better and longer” with tournament organisers confirming it will become a two-week event.

The ATP Masters 1000 tournament has been part of the ATP Tour calendar since 2002 while it became a joint ATP-WTA event in 2009 when it moved from hard court to clay.

After being cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament will expand from a one-week event to a two-week affair in 2021 with April 27 to May 9 the dates pencilled in on the calendar.

“We’re happy to have achieved the goal of becoming a two-week tournament,” said tournament director Feliciano Lopez.

“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 Magica 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.”

Novak Djokovic Madrid Open champion

WTA chairman Steve Simon added: “The Mutua Madrid Open is held in incredibly high regard across the tennis community. This two-week format will allow the Madrid organisers to showcase this world-class event in the beautiful city of Madrid as truly one of the premier events on the WTA Tour and within the sport of tennis.”

Novak Djokovic and Kiki Bertens are defending champions after winning the titles in 2019.

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