Countdown to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell - 67th Comte de Godó Trophy

12/03/2019 16:21 h

Institut Barcelona Esports

From 20 to 28 April, the courts at the Reial Club Tennis de Barcelona once again play host to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, popularly known as the “Godó” and this year in its 67th edition.

A significant number of the world’s top players will once again be battling it out in one of the most important events on the city’s sporting calendar, which is also an ATP500 tournament. Rafael Nadal, who has won the tournament eleven times, will be back in Barcelona and competing with the likes of Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Steganos Tsitsipas and many others. This year’s line-up also features a series of young talents who are set to become top players in the near future. These include Felix Auger, Alex de Minaur and Denis Shapovalov.

This edition offers a chance for over 1,600 school students to enjoy the tournament, which is also a leading event in terms of sustainability and the environment. Some 45 million people will be watching the tournament on television and the hope is to beat last year’s record attendance of 101,000 spectators.

Official presentation on 12 March

The countdown for the competition to get under way started on Tuesday 12 March with the official presentation ceremony in the Saló de Cent chamber at Barcelona City Hall. The ceremony was presided over by Jaume Asens and included speeches by Javier Godó, who noted the role of Barcelona’s spectators as the key success in the tournament’s long history; Albert Costa, sports director for the championship; Josep Oliu, director of Banc Sabadell; and the new director of the Reial Club Tennis de Barcelone, Jordi Cambra.