A little preview of this years Barcelona Tennis Open Tournament that hits the city next month. Based at the historic Real Club de Tenis Barcelona which was founded in 1899 and is Spain’s oldest club, this years competition is the 59th edition.
Famous past winners of the large ‘Trofeo Conde de Godó’ have included Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Carlos Costa and current tournament director Albert Costa. The last few years have been dominated by Spanish players, Tommy Robredo, Rafa Nadal and 2010 champ Fernando Verdasco.
Although ranked a 500 event, second tier, by the ATP, the 2011 line-up will boast 6 of the top ten ranked players in the world and a total prize money of just over 1.5 million Euros.
The tournament runs from 18th to the 24th of April, but of you find yourself in Barcelona before then and like tennis, then there is an excellent photographic exhibition about the history of the event currently running at the Olympic Museum next to the Olympic Stadium up on Montjuic.
However if you fancy seeing the likes of Nadal, Murray, Soderling, Ferrer, Berdych and Melzer sliding around on the clay in the Catalan sunshine, the tickets went on sale to the public yesterday. For such a great line-up of talent they are reasonably priced (first round from just 24€) and can be purchased by following the link below.