Subject to Tour approvals, Feliciano Lopez will be the new tournament director for the Madrid Open in 2019.
The 36-year-old, currently ranked No. 36, will be assistant to Spanish legend Manolo Santana in 2018. Santana will become honorary president after that.
“It has been a very beautiful day and very important in my life,” Lopez said in a radio interview with Marca.
Lopez said he would play the event in 2018. The Tommy Haas case at Indian Wells would indicate he couldn’t play in ’19 as tournament director.
From Santana’s body language, so many things must be going through his mind.