Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams Among Players At Opening Of Madrid Masters [Video]

by Tom Gainey | May 2nd, 2013, 6:53 pm

After a controversial 2012 edition, the top stars came out in full force Thursday to open the 2013 Mutua Madrid Masters and support the city’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics. Spanish hero Rafael Nadal was joined by fellow stars Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and countrymen Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez in a ceremony held on site a the Tennis Garden.

“Thank you all very much for being here and supporting tennis,” Nadal said. “As Spaniards we are always particularly excited about competing on home soil and this is our flagship event, the most important and highest ranking tournament Spain has created and we will all work together to ensure that the tournament continues to grow.”

Nadal arrived into Madrid earlier today and already enjoyed a 2-hour practice with Kevin Anderson on the new red clay – changed from blue. Rafa has twice won the title but lost last year to Verdasco on the slick blue dirt.

The men/women event begins this weekend. The draws will be released on Friday.

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22 Comments for Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams Among Players At Opening Of Madrid Masters [Video]

Wog boy Says:

Look at the way Serena looks at Raonic, hmmm;)

jeff Says:

Awww Serena, you’re looking hot n sexy ;)

Wog boy Says:

^^ Agree

Michael Says:

Nadal seems happy with Madrid and the reason may be that it is not Blue Clay.

Humble Rafa Says:

Look at the way Serena looks at Raonic, hmmm;)

Hmm. She is thinking I need to put him on list. #1123. My mail man is #1012.

Humble Rafa Says:

Nadal seems happy with Madrid

I still hate Tiriac’s mustache.

the DA Says:

Delpo has pulled out of Madrid with a virus. Hope it’s not too serious.

Wish they’d hurry up with the draw. Took ages for the women’s side.

nadalista Says:

Just saw this on Rafa’s Facebook page:


“A very sad for the World of Sports and tennis in particular. Our president Brad has passed away. Rest in peace.”

Bummer, RIP Mr. Drewett.

nadalista Says:

RT @delpotrojuan: “Día muy triste para el deporte y el tenis por el fallecimiento de Brad Drewett, presidente de la ATP. Que en paz descanses.”

the DA Says:

Draw is underway. So far (if TPN is to be believed) it’s:

Djokovic, Murray, Berdych in one half. Nadal, Ferrer & Federer in the other.

the DA Says:

Projected last 16 are:

Djokovic-Wawrinka, Raonic-Tsonga, Murray-Simon, Tipsarevic-Berdych, Nadal-Almagro, Haas-Ferrer, Gasquet-Cilic, Federer-Nishikori.

the DA Says:

Potential juicy 2nd rnds: Djokovic-Dimitrov, Federer-Tomic. Nadal-Paire will be interesting just to see what Benoit does as he goes down.

Giles Says:

Rafa just beat Paire in Barcelona.

the DA Says:

^ hence the “as he goes down”.

Giles Says:

^^ Lol. Ok.

Sirius Says:

Nadal and djokovic aren’t on the same half. Hmmmm….. Finally I’m starting to believe that the draws are rigged ;)

Kimberly Says:

who does nadal have in the quarters, fed or ferrer

Kimberly Says:

Skeezers “lowly warriors” won their series and made it to the second round of the playoffs. They will need to bring it next round to have any chance though: San Antonio spurs!

Giles Says:

^^Ferrer in the quarters.

skeezer Says:


YES! However, now they are playing against the Big Boys. Hope they can take a game…..

Steve 27 Says:

Finally I’m starting to believe that the draws are rigged ;)

What a clever person!
ATP need $ and Nadal Djokovic is the classic of our time. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe Dimitrov Raonic, Lol

Humble Rafa Says:

Nadal Djokovic is the classic of our time

I prefer the other “rivarlry – “Naderer”

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