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April 20, 2018

On the occasion of the inauguration of the club’s new headquarters in Pedralbes, in 1953, Carlos Godó Valls, Count of Godó, decided to establish a tournament that would capture the sporting ambitions of the entire history of the entity.

open sabadellThe new competition inherited the seed of the old International Championships, the great interclub competitions and the Spring and Autumn Contests, to position in the then incipient world tournament calendar.

Disputed for the first time in 1953, the history of the trophy given by the Count of Godó is linked to that of the Spanish tennis club, the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899, owner and host of the tournament.

Over time, the tournament has become an emblem for the city of Barcelona and has become not only the most important sporting event held annually, but one of the most resonant social events. The atmosphere of the club makes, precisely, that it is also one of the most esteemed tournaments for the players of the circuit. Since 1968, the tournament acquires the status of International Championships of Spain.

The entity celebrated its Centennial in 1999, consolidating itself as the most successful club in Spanish tennis, with players such as Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario and Conchita Martínez at the women’s level and Rafa Nadal, Carlos Moyà, Albert Costa, Javier Sánchez-Vicario, Emilio Sánchez-Vicario, Alberto Berasategui, Felix Mantilla, Julian Alonso, Tomás Carbonell, Francis Roig or Galo Blanco.

DATE:  21 / 29 April


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