- Title: SPAIN: TENNIS: Kravitz opens Magic Box in Madrid
- Date: 11th May 2009
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 08, 2009) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LEAVING CONCERT MEN CHEERING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FAN ANTONIO SAYING: "Incredible. Except that it started very late. They kept everyone waiting for a long time. We were getting impatient because we were waiting. And really, the guy was incredible as usual. He didnt let anyone down and brilliant. You couldn't ask anymore from him." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED FAN SAYING: "It's the best. The best really. Do it again, we are waiting for you." PEOPLE LEAVING ENTRANCE TO MAGIC BOX PAN TO TENNIS COURTS
- Embargoed: 26th May 2009 13:20
- Location: Spain
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Sport
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- Story Text: Superstar Lenny Kravitz inaugurates Madrid Olympic tennis venue the 'Magic Box'.
International star Lenny Kravitz was the leading act at the opening gala of Madrid's new Magic Box tennis venue on Friday (May 08).
The Magic Box, centrepiece in the city's 2016 Olympic bid was designed to be a state of the art venue for indoor and outdoor tennis in the northern hemisphere but for one night it staged sound and light acrobatic shows as well as the New York rock star.
Despite the impressive design it was Kravitz the crowds were waiting for.
"Incredible. Except that it started very late. They kept everyone waiting for a long time. We were getting impatient because we were waiting.
And really, the guy was incredible as usual. He didnt let anyone down and brilliant. You couldn't ask anymore from him," said a fan Antonio as he left the concert.
"It's the best. The best really. Do it again, we are waiting for you," said another fan.
Kravitz is in the middle of a European "LLR 20(09) Tour,"
commemorating the 20th anniversary of the release of his first album "Let Love Rule".
His performance was the finishing touch to a mega complex built on 20 hectares of land, with a structure made from glass and steel costing 150 million euros.
It houses three clay tennis courts, the largest with a capacity of up to 12,500 spectators and features a mechanical roof which can be opened or closed.
The complex, designed by the famed French architect Dominique Perrault.
will be premiered with the ATP Masters tournament.
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