Posted by: links on Sep 1, 2012
Even if you are not a tennis fan, probably you heard before about this tourneament.
The Torneo Godó, also known as Trofeo Conde de Godó, Open Banco Sabadell (current official name since 2008), and Open SEAT(official name from 1995 to 2007), is an annual tennis tournament for male professional players arrived at its 59th edition. The event has held annually in Barcelona, since 1953, and is played on clay courts. Originally it was an event of the Grand Prix Tennis Circuit between (1970-1989), and now it is part of the 500 series on the ATP World Tour.
This year’s edition will start on Monday 22 April 2013 and it will finish on Sunday 28 April 2013.
It is Spain's second most important tournament on the ATP tour after the Madrid Masters and the event generally takes place in the last week of April, when temperatures in Barcelona average a daily high of 18°C.
Some of the world's top tennis players including Rafael Nadal(#1), 5 time winner of this tournament, Roger Federer(#2), Novak Djokovic(#3), Robin Soderling(#4), Andy Murray(#5), and other top names, will be in Barcelona to compete in the tournament at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona in the upper area of the city.
Its history is part of the oldest Spanish tennis club, the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899, which hosts the tournament. Since 1968, the tournament has been considered as the International Championships of Spain.
The tournament has become a symbol of the city Barcelona, not only as the most transcendent sporting event every year, but as an important social event too.
The club atmosphere is very appreciated by players on the professional circuit.
After more than 100 years the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 is the most successful Spanish club with players like Arantxa Sánchez, Conchita Martínez, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Moyà, Albert Costa, Javier Sánchez, Alberto Berasategui, Félix Mantilla, Julián Alonso, Tomàs Carbonell, Francis Roig or Galo Blanco.
The trophy was designed by the jewelers Soler Cabot in 1953. It is made of silver and weighs twelve kilograms. The base is of American oak. It was totally restored by jewelers J.Roca three years ago, increasing the base size to engrave the complete list of champions.
The trophy shows miniature tennis player and an engraving decoration around the Cup. The trophy has a rough value of 36 million euros. Designing it took over 800 hours.
How to get tickets:
you can get your tickets at this link: Tickets with a price from 13€ (first round matches ) up to 85€ (final match).
How to get to the stadium:
Real Club Tennis de Barcelona
Carrer de Bosch i Gimpera, 5,
Nearest station Maria Cristina Green L3
Bus lines 22,63, 64, 75, 78
For further information you can visit the official website of the tournament at http://www.barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com/