Valencia, for its potential tennis in the world, needed a World Tour tournament, an effort that Juan Carlos Ferrero did in the acquisition of the rights of it.
From 2003 to 2008, before making the leap to the Open 500 category, Valencia Tennis Club took the Tennis Open of the Valencian Community . In his six previous editions, on clay court, the tennis player who achieved the victory more times in this tournament was the Spanish player Nicolás Almagro who did it twice consecutively in 2006 and 2007 seasons. Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Igor Andreev also signed his name on the winners of the tournament. In 2009, the Open took the great leap, it became an ATP World Tour 500 and it began to be played in the grounds of the City of Arts and the Sciences. There was born the story of the Guardian of the Agora, the name given to the tournament winner. Currently, only Andy Murray, David Ferrer and Marcel Granollers can boast about it.
In 2013, Antonio Martínez Cascales passed on the baton to Juan Carlos Ferrero and nowadays Juan Carlos Ferrero leads the tournament with his guides and experience.