Between 16 and 24 April, currently ranked the world’s top twelve tennis players have a tournament, the 59th Barcelona Banc Sabadell Open, which takes place at the Reial Club de Tennis Barcelona (RCTB).
Rafa Nadal, an RCTB member since the age of 12, is competing again following a one year break. Until then the Majorca-born Nadal had won the previous five tournaments, between 2005 and 2009, to become Godó’s most successful consecutive tournament winner. The world number 1 is without a doubt the big favourite to lift the trophy on the centre court on Sunday 24 April.
Alongside Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray, Robin Soderling, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Jurgen Melzer and Gael Monfils will also see other top class players like Nicolás Almagro and Tommy Robredo, from Gerona, rising stars like the Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov and Kei Nishikori from Japan, and the sensation of the year, Canadian Milos Raonic.
To complete its stellar constellation the tournament can also boast the world’s three top pairings in the doubles.
This year the Comte de Godó has a new musical feature. To get off the courts and closer to young people, a series of concerts have been organised with twelve groups from the Barcelona ‘indie‘ scene, including Mishima, El Petit de Cal Eril, Fred i Son, Mendetz and Dorian. They will be playing at the Pedralbes Centre between 18 and 23 April, from 6.30 to 9.30 pm. Admission is free.