Ana helps launch Madrid Open

Ana helps launch Madrid Open

Ana today attended the launch of the 2010 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open. She hit with Spanish legend and Madrid tournament director Manolo Santana, then took part in a press conference alongside the mayor of the city.

"I am really looking forward to playing here," said Ana, who has been granted a wild card into the 8-16 May event. It will be her first appearance in the Spanish capital since she reached the semi-finals of the Sony Ericsson Championships there in 2007.

"I was very impressed when I visited the site of the Caja Mágica while it was being built several years ago, and with all novelties announced today, I’m sure that it will be a great tournament."

Santana commented: "We are very happy to have Ana here today, and also during the tournament. She's a great player and a great girl."

The Madrid organizers, led by former professional Ion Tiriac, are renowned for their innovation – they plan to introduce blue clay in the future – and announced a host of technological for this year's tournament, including an interactive fan zone that allows spectators to send messages to their favourite players.