Grass-court tennis comes to Spain as top WTA Tour stars tune up their games for Wimbledon at the Mallorca Open: Watch and bet on tennis live from Mallorca.
Home to 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, the popular tourist destination of Mallorca hosts Spain’s first and only grass-court tennis event as star-studded fields compete annually in mid-June.
One of five WTA Tour events played during the short but intense grass-court season, the Mallorca Open is one of only two which take place outside Great Britain. With only three weeks separating the French Open from Wimbledon, the best players in tennis take to the courts to try to shake off clay and find their feet on grass, turning up their serves, slices and volleys ahead of tennis’s most prestigious and iconic event – and many of them choose to do so in Mallorca.
An International-level event offering $250,000 in prize money and 250 ranking points to the winner, the Mallorca Open is played at Country Club Tennis Academy Santa Ponsa on grass-courts tested and supervised by the All England Lawn Tennis Club, who own and run Wimbledon, so the players know that despite Spain’s traditional identification with clay-court tennis, the crisp green courts in Mallorca will be up to the highest standards.
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, runner-up at Wimbledon in 2015 and the French Open champion in 2016, laid the first stone of the new Centre Court at Santa Ponsa in an official groundbreaking ceremony also attended by former world no. 1 Carlos Moya and tournament ambassador Toni Nadal. The Mallorca Open is Spain’s only women-only event, joining the ATP World Tour Barcelona Open and the combined Mutua Madrid Open, both of which are held on clay earlier in the season.
Some of women’s tennis biggest stars, including Wimbledon runners-up Muguruza, Sabine Lisicki and Eugenie Bouchard and former world no. 1s Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, were among the players who chose to compete at the Mallorca Open’s inaugural 2016 edition and the Spanish event continues to field strong draws of top-flight WTA Tour players annually on its five natural grass courts.
As many players chose to head to Mallorca from Roland Garros instead of braving the British weather, the Mallorca Open’s 32-player singles draw and 16-team doubles draw will be packed with recognisable names and the charismatic stars of women’s tennis.