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Barcelona Open 2024 Preview: When is it, who is playing and what is the prize money?

The clay court season continues next week with the 71st edition of the prestigious Barcelona Open, which is set to feature the return of a certain 22-time Grand Slam champion.

And we, at Tennishead, have everything you need to know ahead of the ATP 500 tournament:

When is the Barcelona Open 2024?

The Barcelona Open main draw will kick-off on Monday 15th April, concluding on Sunday 21st April with both the singles and doubles finals.

Play from Monday to Saturday will begin at 11am local time (10am BST), with the singles final on Sunday starting at the later time of 4pm in Barcelona (3pm BST).

The qualifying draw will be conducted over the coming weekend (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April).

Where is the Barcelona Open held?

The Barcelona Open is once again held at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, the oldest tennis club in Spain (opened in 1899), and has done so since its inaugural edition in 1953.

There are a total of 18 clay courts on this complex, headlined by the Pista Rafael Nadal that was renamed after the tournament’s most successful player in 2017.

Pista Rafael Nadal can hold a total of 8,400 spectators, and is supported by Pista Andres Gimeno that seats a maximum of 2,000 people.

Who is playing at the Barcelona Open 2024?

Carlos Alcaraz was set to return to the Barcelona Open as the top seed and two-time defending champion, but has elected to withdraw after not recovering in time from the same right arm injury that forced him to withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters.

However, record 12-time champion Rafael Nadal, is still featuring in the draw and is hoping to play his first tournament since January next week.

The ‘king of clay’ has suffered many setbacks over the past year-and-a-half, but appears to be gearing up to play what could potentially be the final Barcelona Open of his career.


With Alcaraz withdrawing, it has left Andrey Rublev as the top ranked player remaining, with the Russian looking for some improved results after winning only one of his past five matches.

Other top seeds in Barcelona are Monte Carlo Masters finalists Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas, as well as Alex de Minaur, Ugo Humbert and Karen Khachanov.

Wildcards for the ATP 500 tournament have been awarded to Spanish veterans Roberto Bautista Agut and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, as well as younger home talent in Daniel Rincon and Martin Landaluce.

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How many ranking points are on offer at the Barcelona Open 2024?

Not only is the Barcelona Open a great place to help prepare for Roland Garros, but there are also important ranking points on offer for both singles and doubles players:

Event W F SF QF R16 R32 R48 Q Q2 Q1
Singles 500 330 200 100 50 25 0 16 8 0
Doubles 300 180 90 0

What is the prize money for the Barcelona Open 2024?

The total prize money on offer in Barcelona is €2,782,960, and here is how that is broken down through the rounds:

Event W F SF QF R16 R32 R48
Singles €488,390 €260,475 €135,125 €70,550 €37,175  €20,350 €10,855
Doubles* €170,940 €91,170 €46,130 €23,060 €11,940

*Per team

Previous winners of the Barcelona Open

The aforementioned Rafael Nadal has dominated the tournament in Barcelona through the years, winning it an incredible 12 times and in five consecutive years between 2005 and 2009.

However, in recent years his younger compatriot Carlos Alcaraz has taken the reign and beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to win the title for a second time last year.

Here are all of the past 10 singles and doubles champions in Barcelona:

Year  Singles Champion Doubles Champions
2014 Kei Nishikori Jesse Huta Galung & Stephane Robert
2015 Kei Nishikori (2) Marin Draganja & Henri Kontinen
2016 Rafael Nadal (9) Bob Bryan (3) & Mike Bryan (3)
2017 Rafael Nadal (10) Florin Mergea & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 
2018 Rafael Nadal (11) Feliciano Lopez and Marc López
2019 Dominic Thiem  Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah
2020 No tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic
2021 Rafael Nadal (12) Juan Sebastian Cabal (2) & Robert Farah (2)
2022 Carlos Alcaraz Kevin Krawietz & Andreas Mies 
2023 Carlos Alcaraz (2) Maximo Gonzalez & Andrea Molteni


How can you watch the Barcelona Open 2024?

You can watch the Barcelona Open on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and Ireland, or on Tennis TV worldwide.

For more information on how you can watch the ATP 500 event in your location, visit the official website here.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.