The Caja Magica is almost ready. Over the last week or so players have been arriving one by one as preparations for Roland Garros edge closer.
The Madrid Open has only been running since 2002 for men and 2009 for women but has become a staple on the tour but it will be without former finalist Stan Wawrinka and former champion Serena Williams but what next for these two?
The former finalist has not played a tournament in almost three months as this knee injury has been an on-going issue since Queens last year and has failed to get fit and find any rhythm over the last year. It is completely unknown what happens next.
This isn’t an injury or recovery where you can play yourself into form and fitness if you aren’t feeling right. Next up is Rome which Stan skipped last year but has points to defend at Geneva the week before Roland Garros where he won the tournament and of course 1200 points to defend at Roland Garros.
There is a possibility that if Stan doesn’t play over the next 3 weeks and potentially miss Roland Garros he will fall out of the top 150 in the world and is currently at 25.
Good news seems to be that Stan posted a photo on social media of some clay court training which did seem to involve former coach Magnus Norman so rumour has it he is back in his corner…
Stan has announced to be playing in Bastaad for the first time in 5 years which is a clay tournament at the end of July which is bizarre!
Slight surprise Serena withdrawing however she did say after withdrawing from Melbourne at the beginning of the season if she isn’t feeling like she can compete to a level she is happy with she won’t be there and I get that, that is her champions mentality.
However the owner of the Madrid Open Ion Tiriac did make comments about Serena’s weight the other day. He said ‘with all due respect, at 36 years old and 90 kilograms’ he said he wished woman’s tennis had better options.
Serena responded with “Clearly there is more to woman’s tennis than just me. There’s a lot more, but I’ll have words with him, believe me, I’ll have words with him. It’s an ignorant comment and it’s a sexist comment and maybe’s he’s an ignorant man.
Serena had arrived at the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice recently to work with her coach Patrick on the clay courts there but aren’t near where they want to be at.
The former world number one is now down to play Rome ahead of Roland Garros and this week it was rumoured that Wimbledon may give her a seeding for the championships.