The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Trofeo Conde de Godó, is the oldest tennis tournament in Spain and one of the of the most prestigious clay court tournaments on the circuit. The ATP World Tour 500 Event will celebrate its 61st edition in 2013. The first Conde de Godó took place in 1953.
Its history forms part of the oldest Spanish tennis club, the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899, which has hosted the tournament since the first edition. Since 1968, the tournament has been considered as the International Championships of Spain.
The tournament has become a symbol of the city Barcelona, not only as major annual sporting event, but as an important social event. The friendly club atmosphere is very appreciated by players on the professional circuit.
Over 100-year-old, the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 is the most successful Spanish club with players like Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Conchita Martínez, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Moyà, Albert Costa, Javier Sánchez-Vicario, EmilioSánchez-Vicario, Alberto Berasategui, Félix Mantilla, Julián Alonso, Tomàs Carbonell, Francis Roig or Galo Blanco.
In 2013, Rafael Nadal returned to the throne, claiming his record eighth title in an all-Spanish final against Nicolás Almagro. In 2015, the 63rd edition will be held from 18 to 26 April.