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spiceboy
Oct 20th, 2008, 03:50 PM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/606/A42297366?s_fromedit=1&s_typedarticle=edit&s_type=15&s_sport=tennis

Madrid's Magic Inside the Box
Masters Series
by Jonathan Overend - Five Live tennis correspondent (U8477262) 17 October 2008

La Caja Mágica is the city's largest building site, about 15 minutes south west of Madrid city centre, with 900 construction workers doing the necessary to make sure it opens on time in May.

It's the new home of the Madrid Masters tennis tournament which moves from autumn to spring in the 2009 calendar, becoming a combined ATP and WTA event, and BBC Sport has been allowed a peek behind the scenes.

It's going to be amazing.

The entire complex has a total of 16 clay courts but - here's the twist - three of them will be inside the same building, the Magic Box and, incredibly, all three will have independent retractable roofs.

So imagine the roof of a huge aircraft hanger - now press a button and one part of it opens to reveal a tennis stadium. Press a different button and another part of the roof opens above a totally different stadium.

The three courts are all close together but hi-tech soundproofing means a rock concert could be taking place inside one with a tennis match progressing next door, undisturbed.

And just like the Water Cube in China, the Olympic swimming venue, the Magic Box will come into its own at nightfall thanks to poly-bicorbonate walls with a 'see-through' effect.

Every seat in the building - 12,500 on the centre court alone - has an individual light beneath it. At night, the lights will shine upwards through the red plastic to create an extraordinary effect - basically a neon stadium shining through the see-through walls.

One for the cameras.

A second building stretches for 600 metres alongside the Magic Box. Ten practice courts will sit side by side in this new facility with the offices of the Spanish Tennis Federation in the middle.

Five thousand car park places sit on the other side of the complex linked to the buildings by a Wembley Way-style bridge which crosses a lake.

There appears to be an awful lot of work still to be done in six months but the pride shown by tournament director Manolo Santana, as he led the tour, left one in no doubt that hiccups would be avoided.

Promoter Ion Tiriac, the ebullient Romanian with such a passion for the future of tennis, has pulled off another masterstroke. In association with the city of Madrid, he's going to show off the world's top male and female players in the world's finest new tennis complex.

As long as those 900 builders keep at it for another six months, that is...

Lucemferre
Oct 20th, 2008, 03:53 PM
:hearts: :worship:

InsideOut.
Oct 20th, 2008, 03:56 PM
:) Sounds like it will be a great tourney! :yeah:

Ana hit the first ball there last year :D

I can't visualize the aircraft hangar thing; would have to wait for a computer-generated image or the real thing. ;)

schorsch
Oct 20th, 2008, 03:57 PM
ya, ion tiriac again. they say he wants to offer more prizemoney than GS :eek: (he wants a GS in spain :o)

sammy01
Oct 20th, 2008, 04:03 PM
sounds great, should be great to see and watch. i just hope like with these joint events coverage isn't screwed over by t.v only showing the mens matches or only showing the womens, as this leads to delayed coverage, missed matches, only 1 or 2 matches in a row at most being broadcast.

InsideOut.
Oct 20th, 2008, 04:12 PM
sounds great, should be great to see and watch. i just hope like with these joint events coverage isn't screwed over by t.v only showing the mens matches or only showing the womens, as this leads to delayed coverage, missed matches, only 1 or 2 matches in a row at most being broadcast.

Probably going to happen though :(

youizahoe
Oct 20th, 2008, 04:36 PM
I think roland garros should be in spain anyway since they play more on clay than in france :p

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 20th, 2008, 04:45 PM
sounds great, should be great to see and watch. i just hope like with these joint events coverage isn't screwed over by t.v only showing the mens matches or only showing the womens, as this leads to delayed coverage, missed matches, only 1 or 2 matches in a row at most being broadcast.

we get ATP on Sky here and WTA on Eurosport
if only Eurosport coverage was as good as it is on Sky :o
sounds pretty great, wonder if they'll have ball models getting down and dirty on the clay :tape:

youizahoe
Oct 20th, 2008, 04:48 PM
I can see those models falling on their faces all the time, so please get them on it :tape:

mboyle
Oct 20th, 2008, 05:32 PM
I think roland garros should be in spain anyway since they play more on clay than in france :p

I am getting so tired of all these calls to move grand slams. You cannot move grand slams. They stay where they stay.

sammy01
Oct 20th, 2008, 05:41 PM
we get ATP on Sky here and WTA on Eurosport
if only Eurosport coverage was as good as it is on Sky :o
sounds pretty great, wonder if they'll have ball models getting down and dirty on the clay :tape:

yeah i have the same, but the women often lose out in these joint events, as british eurosport is not the greatest at covering these joint events.

Dodoboy.
Oct 20th, 2008, 05:46 PM
The clay season keeps getting better too bad the standard of tennis is dropping.

laurie
Oct 20th, 2008, 05:46 PM
I think roland garros should be in spain anyway since they play more on clay than in france :p

It's so true and amazing to think that most of the French players today and over the last two decades have actually been better grass court players than clay players - from Forget, Tauziat, Pioline, Bartoli, Gasquet, Mauresmo, Tsonga also likes grass. All of these players have done better at Wimbledon than Paris. The French have always been shotmakers and I think grass would serve the French Federation better.

It will never happen though.

laurie
Oct 20th, 2008, 05:52 PM
It is going to be an amazing complex.

I do have a reservation. Next year from mid March to early May there will be 3 huge Masters series tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid, then there will still be Rome, all before the French Open. That sounds like overkill and will it take something away from the French open in future? Will the top players be knackered by the time the French Open arrives? In between all that will still be the Federation cup ties as well and the usual other tourneys?

kalisita
Oct 20th, 2008, 06:59 PM
It is going to be an amazing complex.

I do have a reservation. Next year from mid March to early May there will be 3 huge Masters series tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid, then there will still be Rome, all before the French Open. That sounds like overkill and will it take something away from the French open in future? Will the top players be knackered by the time the French Open arrives? In between all that will still be the Federation cup ties as well and the usual other tourneys?

I don't think players will risk FO by being too tired to play well there. As big a project as Madrid is, it may suffer from being the last Masters/Tier 1 before a slam. Players are always willing to withdraw from those majors in order to be 100% for a slam.

TheBoiledEgg
Oct 20th, 2008, 08:37 PM
It is going to be an amazing complex.

I do have a reservation. Next year from mid March to early May there will be 3 huge Masters series tournaments in Indian Wells, Miami and Madrid, then there will still be Rome, all before the French Open. That sounds like overkill and will it take something away from the French open in future? Will the top players be knackered by the time the French Open arrives? In between all that will still be the Federation cup ties as well and the usual other tourneys?

thats where the idiots at the ATP and WTA havent got a clue.

season should be longer not shorter :rolleyes:
having all these mandatory events in a shorter time frame is even worse.

they dont need a longer off-season but a longer time in between the big events.


its like lets make a person run 15 marathons in 9 months, instead of them doing whatever they like in 11.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Oct 20th, 2008, 08:57 PM
Does anyone have any photos of what the finished outcome should look like?

It sounds pretty cool.

[S@nti]
Oct 20th, 2008, 09:02 PM
there you go

http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/8688/madridtennis03jm5.jpg
http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/2400/madridtennis06mv9.jpg
http://www.arqchile.cl/caja_magica04.jpg
http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/4075/madridtennis10rl5.jpg
http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/6942/madridtennis11kl5.jpg
http://img530.imageshack.us/img530/8373/madridtennis02sq1.jpg

~Cherry*Blossom~
Oct 20th, 2008, 09:03 PM
Wow thanks a lot. It looks really good.

MarieC
Oct 20th, 2008, 09:23 PM
Looks like its going to be quite the tennis facility!

SV_Fan
Oct 21st, 2008, 12:03 AM
Sounds amazing.

InsideOut.
Oct 21st, 2008, 01:40 PM
I don't know why I always imagined the stadium to be red. :o