The women’s professional tennis tournament known as the Morocco Open or Rabat Grand Prix (officially sponsored as the Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem) takes place in Rabat, Morocco. This highly regarded event is part of the WTA Tour and is currently classified as an International tournament, featuring outdoor clay courts that test the skills of the participants.
Morocco Open Tennis Tournament
Morocco Open, Currently known as WTA Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem due to sponsorship, is a clay court tennis tournament held in the city of Morocco, Rabat. As a Tour-sanctioned event, the tournament is part of WTA250-level Tours. The upcoming 2023 event will showcase the talents of professional women tennis players on the outdoor clay courts of Rabat, Morocco. This highly anticipated event will mark the 21st edition of the tournament and will be classified as one of the WTA 250 tournaments as part of the 2023 WTA Tour. The action-packed competition is scheduled to take place at the esteemed Club des Cheminots from May 21st to May 27th, 2023.
|Venue||Club des Cheminots|
|Tour category||WTA 250|
|Draw||32 S, 16 D|
Rabat Grand Prix 2023 Results
In the singles championship, Italian star Lucia Bronzetti beat the Austrian Julia Grabher 6-4, 5-7, and 7-5 in the final, in almost three hours of play. Lucia won 1st title of her career. while in the doubles championship, Sabrina Santamaria and Yana Sizikova defeated Lidziya Marozava and Ingrid Gamarra Martins in a tie-breaker 3-6, 6-1, 10-8.
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Rabat Grand Prix History and Winners
The tournament’s inception occurred in July 2001 in Casablanca, Morocco, where it was initially established. It remained in Casablanca until 2005 when it underwent its first relocation to Rabat. In 2007, another change of location occurred, moving the tournament to Fez. Subsequently, in 2013, the event found a new home in Marrakesh before ultimately returning to Rabat in 2016.
The tournament bears the name of Princess Lalla Meryem, the esteemed sister of Mohammed VI, the reigning King of Morocco. Her influential presence is honored through this event. During the period from 2005 to 2008, the tournament was classified as a Tier IV event, highlighting its significance and competitive nature. Prior to 2005, it held the classification of a Tier V event, indicating its growth and evolution over the years.
The tournament has witnessed great champions, including Tímea Babos, who holds the record for the most doubles victories at this tournament, having clinched three titles. Additionally, players like Patricia Wartusch, Émilie Loit, and Iveta Benešová have demonstrated exceptional performances by winning both the singles and doubles titles in the same year, leaving a memorable mark on the tournament’s history.
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles champions|
|2023||Lucia Bronzetti||Sabrina Santamaria / Yana Sizikova|
|2022||Martina Trevisan||Eri Hozumi / Makoto Ninomiya|
|2019||Maria Sakkari||María José Martínez / Sara Sorribes Tormo|
|2018||Elise Mertens||Anna Blinkova / Raluca Olaru|
|2017||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova||Tímea Babos / Andrea Hlaváčková|
|2016||Timea Bacsinszky||Xenia Knoll / Aleksandra Krunić|
Rabat Grand Prix, Morocco Open 2023 Prize Money
A total prize money sum of $259,303 has been announced for the 2023 edition of the Rabat Open, which was an over 8k improvement as compared to last year’s prize money which was 251,750. Following is the official prize money breakdown that has been announced by event organizers.
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
Morocco Open Rabat 2023 Draw
The event will have 32 singles and 16 doubles draws that will be released as the tournament progresses. 4 qualifiers will join 28 singles main draw entries in 1st round.
Morocco Open Rabat 2023 Dates, Schedule
The Rabat Open WTA main draw will be held across a week from 21-27 May with a qualification round set from 19 May.
The official schedule for the WTA section of the Rabat Open is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|22nd May||Round 1||Round 1|
|23rd May||Round 2||Round 1`|
|24th May||Round 2||Quarter Finals|
|25th May||Quarter Finals||Semi-Finals|
Keep in mind the schedule may be subject to change.
Morocco Rabat Open 2023 Players list
Maria Sakkari, the tournament’s top seed, stands as the sole representative from the WTA Top 10 among the participants. Meanwhile, Martina Trevisan, the defending champion and a Top 20-ranked player, eagerly returns to defend her hard-earned title. The draw also features notable contenders such as Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, Leylah Fernandez, the finalist of the 2021 US Open, and Sara Errani, who reached the final of Roland Garros in 2012. The presence of these accomplished players promises an exhilarating and fiercely competitive tournament.
WTA Rabat Open Top Seed Players
Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem 2023 Tickets
A standard single session ticket applies for one day/evening session, and each day of the event is split into 2 sessions, except for during the pre-qualification round.