Badosa and Alcaraz, ‘wild cards’ for the Mutua Madrid Open

The Mutua Madrid Open 2021 continues to reveal which protagonists will be in the Magic Box as guests, from April 27 to May 9. And the WTA 1000 category tournament will feature the presence of Paula Badosa, after the organization awarded him a wild card for the final draw on Wednesday.

“I am very grateful to the Mutua Madrid Open for the invitation. Having the opportunity to compete in Spain is something very special and that I personally face with the greatest possible illusion “, confirmed the Spanish No. 70 in the world, who will join Garbiñe Muguruza as local players already confirmed on Madrid clay.

Badosa returns to the capital of Spain for the first time since 2018. “I love the clay tour, so being able to compete in Madrid motivates me a lot. It was one of the first great tournaments that I was able to play in my career and I remember the great affection that the fans showed me. I am looking forward to racing again on the tracks of the Caja Mágica ”, he added.

The results on clay support it. However, in his last participation at Roland Garros 2020, he signed his best performance in a Grand Slam, appearing in the round of 16 defeating the champion in 2017 Jelena Ostapenko and the finalist in 2018 Sloane Stephens. In addition, in 2015 he lifted the crown in Paris in the junior category.

Precisely that 2015 season he registered his best chapter at the Mutua Madrid Open, when at the age of 17 he linked two victories in the qualifying phase to sign his first classification to the main draw. Then he could not complete the first round due to an injury against Sara Errani. He returned a year later and again failed to finish his match in the opening round due to an injury against Alizé Cornet.

On his third chance in 2021 he will look to celebrate his first home win. “Paula is one of the best players in the WTA Ranking and we are delighted to be able to provide her with an opportunity to try to make her debut in our tournament,” stated Feliciano López, director of the Mutua Madrid Open. “It is true that he has not had much luck with injuries in previous editions, but we are sure that he will give everything on the court as he does in each of his games.”

In the premiere of the Spanish course she has already left some glimpses of her quality, registering a record of 5 victories in 8 duels played. His best moment of the year so far was on the fast track in Lyon, where he stayed at the gates of the final, after linking three consecutive wins against Harmony Tan, Stefanie Voegele and Kristina Mladenovic.

In addition to Paula Badosa, two more invitations have already been announced for the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in the men’s draw: Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image Y Fernando Verdasco. The three Spanish rackets will be in the Magic Box together with other stars of the tennis universe. In the next few days the remaining places will be announced.