The staircase of tennis racquets represents the journey to the top of the tennis world one accomplishes when winning the Madrid Open, and each racquet is engraved with the name of one of the greats of the game. Encrusted in the end of each racquet handle is a single diamond.
This staircase sits on a base of obsidian and gold in the form of a globe, which is symbolic of the tennis world, and on the globe, the city of Madrid is marked by a single diamond. The globe is supported by 9 golden pillars, representing 9 of the most important events on the ATP tour—the Masters 1000s.
Although the trophy is a fine work of craftsmanship, creativity, and symbolism, much of the tennis community fails to see its value as a trophy. What do you think?