April 24 - April 30, 2017
Madrid hosts the most lucrative tournament in Spain, and it's certainly the most modern. But tradition and, perhaps, importance reside in Barcelona, which has hosted a de facto Spanish Open since 1953. "Not many tournaments on the ATP calendar are celebrated at a tennis club," says Raquel Martin of the Real Club de Barcelona, which has been in existence since 1899. From 2003 to 2013, the trophy was raised exclusively by Spanish players; Rafael Nadal won eight of those 11 tournaments and will vie for a record 10th title this year. "Made of silver with an oak base, the base of the trophy was widened by jewelers so the names of all past champions could be engraved," explains Martin. "It took about 800 hours."