With the clay season well and truly underway, next week brings us a great clay-court event which is held from May 1-8. The tournament in the capital of Spain will be the fourth Masters 1000 event of the year and the second clay Masters following Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. With just less than a week to go, the Mutua Madrid Open, who will have their 15th anniversary have announced three more wildcards in Juan Monaco, Nicolas Almagro and Pablo Carreno Busta.
Nicolas Almagro awarded wildcard
The Mutua Madrid Open organizers want to recognize the former world number 9, who is currently at number 71 in the rankings due to injury and they want to help him compete against the top players in the Caja Magica. The Spaniard's best performance in Madrid came when he lost to Rafael Nadal at the semifinal stage back in 2010. With this wild card, Almagro will only add to the number of Spanish players in the draw and will help him rise in the rankings once more.
Monaco and Carreno Busta also given wildcard for Masters event
The Spanish organizers have continued to support the young talent that come from Spain and promising 24-year -ld Pablo Carreno Busta has been handed an invitation to join the event and play against some of the best tennis players. The Spaniard did not play this event last year but did play in 2014 with a wild card, losing in the opening round to Grigor Dimitrov.
The last wild card went to Argentine, Juan Monaco, who is considered a massive fan favorite in these parts of the world as he has a number of friends who originate from Spain, one of them being his best friend Rafa Nadal. His 2015 season was troubled by a number of injuries but will feel good coming into this Masters event having won Houston a couple of weeks ago, which is the first clay-court tournament in the lead up to Roland Garros.