Day trip to Madrid

Day trip to Madrid

I spent yesterday in Madrid, taking part in the launch of this year’s tournament. It was a superbly organized event and I enjoyed being involved.
 
I had a very informal hit with Manolo Santana, the tournament director and legend of Spanish tennis, on a mini-court. He’s a lovely man and I always enjoy meeting him. He was wearing a suit and I was in a dress, so it wasn’t the most intense hit!

Afterwards there was a press conference and some interviews. It all took part at Mutua Tower, the headquarters of the tournament’s title sponsor. It’s a very new building, 50 storeys high. It offers incredible views of the city and it was a beautiful, clear and sunny day so we enjoyed looking across Madrid.
 
I spoke a little about the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s Heroes Among Us initiative, which I think is a really good idea, and the winner will be invited to visit Madrid. On the other hand, the tournament organizers announced some of the improvements that spectators can look forward to at this year’s tournament, including a fanzone and, overall, a big investment in technology.
 
They told me about another innovation but made me promise not to tell anyone, because they are keeping it a secret for now. I have to say it’s one of the coolest innovations I have heard about in tennis in a long time. I think they’ll announce it quite soon.
 
Of course, before I go to Madrid I have important tournaments in Stuttgart and Rome. I am feeling positive about my training on clay. It’s my favourite surface and I am hoping I can continue the improvements I made in Miami, where I played some of my best tennis for a while against Radwanska.
 
The Stuttgart event is just two weeks away and I am working hard on my fitness and tennis with Damian and Heinz. In the meantime, I would like to thank everyone who has sent me messages of support lately. It’s always so nice to receive them.
 
Love
Ana