Madrid 2020: Tennis venue gets a boost as the new home for Spain's coaching headquarters
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November 15 - The Madrid 2020 bid plan gets a boost from the Spanish Tennis Federation as it choose the Madrid’s Magic Box (Caja Mágica) venue as its new coaching headquarters to expand tennis in Spain. The Magic Box is a 100,000 square meter tennis facility that hosts the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Mutua Madrid Open.
The rest of the federation’s offices are based in Barcelona so this choice to locate the coaching department in Madrid shows its commitment to the future of the sport there.
Alejandro Blanco, head of the bid and the Spanish Olympic Committee, said, “We are very proud about our ‘Magic Box’. It’s one of the most recognizable and significant venues included in our Olympic project and a perfect example of the legacy which the Olympic Games will provide to the city of Madrid.
“With facilities like the ‘Magic Box’, the pool of new promises of tennis players is assured.”
Spanish tennis players have a prominent role in the sport worldwide such as Rafael Nadal, who unfortunately had to pull out of London 2012 at the last minute, and David Ferrer. Ferrer has won seven ATP tournaments, the last and most important, being the BNP Paribas Masters 1000 event in Paris.
He and Nicolas Almagro are in Prague right now training for this weekend’s final Davis Cup against the Czech Republic. Spain has had Davis Cup winners in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011 and top of the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking. Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez are also in Prague fresh from their win at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles.
The Magic Box (Caja Magica) is a proposed venue in the Madrid 2020 bid plan for men’s and women’s tennis and compliments the venue layout.
Already the Spanish Tennis Federation will move in during November and open the coaching and research department. This department is in charge of tennis development and focusses on the technical aspects of coaching and umpiring which is crucial for the success of the sport.
Madrid is bidding against Istanbul and Tokyo to host the summer Games of 2020. The final vote will take place of the IOC session on September 7, 2013 in Buenos Aries Argentina.
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