As a sporting nation, Spain is notable for producing tennis players that excel in tournament held on clay courts. Rafael Nadal, the current World No.2, is perhaps Spain's most famous tennis player.
The most prestigious event in the Spanish tennis calendar is the Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open (Madrid Masters), which is held annually in the Spanish capital. In 2010, thousands of fans from all over the world are expected to fly into Madrid for the tournament. Formerly held at the Madrid Arena, the competition recently moved to the brand new La Caja Magica, the Magic Box, a modern tennis complex that has been created to seat up to 20,000 spectators. While attending the tournament, visitors can enjoy Madrid's wide variety of fine Spanish and international cuisine, as well as explore the exquisite parks and gardens the city has to offer.
Tennis enthusiasts travelling to Spain can take advantage of the country's wealth of accommodating guesthouses, hotels, resorts and private villas to turn their stay into a memorable holiday.
Another Spanish tennis tournament of note is the Barcelona Open, held at Spain's oldest tennis club, the Real Club de Tennis Barcelona. Madrid and Barcelona are both home to major international airports; fast and frequent air and rail connections between the two cities and an efficient national transport network allow for fuss-free travel around Spain.