4 reasons why the Barcelona Open remains a top Masters 500
Did you know the Barcelona Open is considered the best ATP 500 Masters? Some of you may be saying; “but the Barcelona Open isn’t even a Grand Slam?”
You’re right, but it doesn’t need to be a Grand Slam to be at the top of its Masters 500 category. It´s not always about prize money and number of spectators. But since we’re on the subject, the event brings out 90,000 spectators and the winner earns 460,000€ for a week´s play – not a bad week at the office!
The Barcelona Open (Conde de Godó in Spanish) is hosted & Directed by Albert Costa at “Real Club de Tenis Barcelona”.
What puts this tourney at the top spot?
- It´s played during a great time of year
- The venue & price are noteworthy
- The players are off the charts
- The ambience while sophisticated is laid back and fun
1. Spring has Sprung!
After a long Winter it´s a great time of year to get outdoors in warmer temperatures and enjoy an eventful tennis week. The temperatures in Barcelona that week historically hang around 18°C.
2. The Best of the Best…
The venue is the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, 1899. It sits within Barcelona proper and is the most prestigious club in Spain in an ideal neighborhood. All 4 red clay courts give spectators a clear personal account of players movements, facial expressions and gripping slides due to its seating arrangement.
Center court seats a mere 8,400 people, making it an intimate tennis experience for tennis fans & players. Regardless which day you attend your tickets are valid for morning & evening sessions.
The cost of tickets gets even better! If you’ve visited a major tournament then you know prices can be downright exploitative for Wimby or US Open seats – one session nosebleed seats can leave you outside on the grounds watching the big screens.
The Barcelona Open starts Qualifying rounds at 7€ and end with a front-row seats on Finals day at approx. 400€.
3. Who’s Playing?
The Barcelona Open packs a full house of top Spanish players as well as; Alexandr Dolgopolov, Kei Nishikori, Fabio Fognini, Richard Gasquet and Philip Holschreber. This is the spot where Rafa´s earned 9 Singles titles, only to be led by Roy Emmerson holding 10!
Household Spanish players who turn up every year? Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Feliciano Lopez to give you an idea.
4. The Vibe
The vibe around Barcelona this particular week is sophisticated & sportive. The Open crosses paths the same week with the San Jordi festival (Barcelona´s St. Valentine´s Day) on April 23 so love is in the air and accommodations hard to find.
This particular week you´ll find popular street performances around Barcelona to celebrate both the tournament and San Jordi’s day.
This Open tends to bring out a slew of famous football players, historic tennis pros and Celebs with a love for the game and social scene.
My first experience at the Barcelona Open left me impressed with the outstanding facility, social scene and culinary vendors on site – not to mention how well organized it was.
Watching is simply NOT enough for some…
It’s terrific to come and watch, but many want their own playing stage during that week. For that reason Costa del Tennis purposely organizes one of their top tennis holiday weeks during the Barcelona Open. Keeping numbers tight and intensity high on court.
We play during the mornings and on Tuesday (after training) we head to the Open. It’s certainly a week with a good amount of sweat and fun.
One thing’s for sure – If you’re a player on any level watching a live professional tourney in a relaxed and fun environment, you know that adding play time on court can only make this a better experience.
We typically get booked up for this week but if you reserve with a little anticipation you’ll find a spot to play with us in Barcelona. To guarantee your place just click below: