LateRooms.com - Tennis stars to compete at Mutua Madrid Open
April 04, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsMany of the world's top tennis players will head to Spain for the Mutua Madrid Open, which begins on Friday April 29th.
The ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event is due to run until Sunday May 8th at the Spanish capital's new Caja Magica stadium, also known as the Magic Box.
As the world's highest ranking tennis competition below the Grand Slams, the Masters Series is known for exciting events in which the sport's finest players can battle to become world number one.
The Mutua Madrid Open has been going as a men's tournament since 1990, but received a major overhaul in 2009 after switching from indoor surfaces to clay courts at the Caja Magica.
It was expanded to include female players for the first time, with Russia's Dinara Safina picking up the first WTA title at the event and Aravane Rezai of France triumphing last year.
World number one Rafael Nadal is the reigning men's champion in Madrid, having defeated Roger Federer in the 2010 final.
More than 184,000 people turned up to watch the action at last year's tournament and a similar number are expected this time around.
Tickets for the event vary according to the day, with prices for the opening sessions on April 29th ranging from €16 to €21 (£14.10 and £18.50). Fans planning to attend on finals day can expect to pay between €75 and €138.
Tennis fans can browse a wide range of Madrid hotels at LateRooms.com, which recommends the Westin Palace Madrid.
Visit http://www.madrid-open.com/ for more information on this event.
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