Feliciano Lopez Admits Mutua Madrid Open 2021 Can Take Place Behind Closed Doors




The Australian Open 2021 has recently presented some great news for the fans. The management has decided to allow around 30,000 spectators in the stadium per day at the Grand Slam. With the coming of this news, there are speculations that whether the other tournaments will also allow fans or not. Recently, an update came about the Mutua Madrid Open 2021.

In a recent interview, Feliciano Lopez, the director of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 said that the tournament would take place even without an audience. He claimed that there is a high possibility of such a thing taking place in the future.

“Doing the Mutua Madrid Open without an audience is a possibility,” said Lopez in the interview. (Translated by Google Translate)

Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in action during his second-round match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

The Madrid Open 2021 will take place from April 30 to May 11, 2021. Although he claimed that the event might take place in closed doors, he admitted that he would personally want fans to show up in the stadiums during the tournament.

“I want people to come in May,” added the Spanish player.

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New Changes at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021

The Madrid Open couldn’t take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it recently announced some big changes ahead of its 2021 edition. The ATP Masters 1000 tournament will now be a two-week tournament.

A general view as the roof opens on Court Philippe-Chatrier REUTERS/Charles Platiau

“We’re happy to have achieved the goal of becoming a two-week tournament. 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,” said Lopez in an earlier interview.

As the tournament didn’t take place in 2020, Novak Djokovic and Kiki Bertens are still the defending champions at the tournament. Fans are quite excited about the event and certainly hope that they’ll be able to watch the tournament live this year.