|Posted on April 25, 2014 at 7:30 AM|
Oeiras Hosts Both Tours In Spring Clay Tournament
The Portugal Open began as an ATP event in 1990, and became a combined men's and women's tournament in 1998 – making it one of only four European spring clay court stops (also Roland Garros, Rome, Madrid) to feature both tours playing side-by-side. Four former World No. 1s have won the Portugal Open: Thomas Muster, Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Roger Federer.
*The location of the tournament, which remains unchanged, was formerly referred to as Estoril.
April 25, 2005 - M. Tabara def T. Berdych 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
Berdych makes Portugal return after nine years
Oeiras: Tomas Berdych returns to the Portugal Open for the first time since 2005, taking over as men`s top seed at the ATP-WTA claycourt event from holder Stanislas Wawrinka as the tournament gets underway on Monday.
Wawrinka, who added the Monte Carlo Masters title last week to his Australian Open trophy, withdrew and is next due to play in Madrid in a week. Wawrinka cited fatigue for his pullout.
Berdych, who will play as a wild card entry, tweeted his pleasure at making a return to the event where he played his one and only main draw match nine years ago.
The sixth-ranked Czech can use the week outside the capital of Lisbon as valuable clay training after winning one round in Monte Carlo and then going out in the third round to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
The following players received wildcards into the singles main draw:
· Tomas Berdych
· Gastao Elias
· Rui Machado