With Clay Court season in full swing, the WTA and ATP tours are set to descend upon Madrid, Spain for the Madrid Open. One of the premier tournaments on clay ahead of the French Open, this tournament will set the stage for what will surely be a dramatic and enticing Grand Slam that begins later this month in Paris!
In the Men’s tournament, the field is largely wide open, though many are expecting Rafael Nadal to assert his dominance on clay. However, following his surprising quarterfinal loss in the Monte-Carlo Masters to David Ferrer, perhaps someone else will rise to the challenge. Roger Federer has taken his veteran game back up a notch while other stars like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Stanislas Wawrinka will be looking for success as well. In a clay tournament that Nadal hasn’t dominated as well as most others, the Madrid Open is wide open in the Men’s Singles! Here are some of the more memorable shots from the 2013 Madrid Open:
In the Women’s Singles tournament, all eyes will be on Serena Williams. While she is far and away the top rated woman in the world, she was booted from the first round in her most recent and only clay tournament in 2014, the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. However, she will be eyeing her 3rd straight Madrid Open title and should feel confident despite heavy opposition in the form of Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Victoria Azarenka. Watch Williams’ tournament winning shot here:
However the Madrid Open pans out, it will certainly present an exciting eye for how the world’s top tennis players compete on clay ahead of the French Open. One thing to note however, is that both the Men’s and Women’s 2013 Madrid Open champions went on to win at the Roland Garros! Could this happen yet again in 2014?
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