Last Friday the presentation of the Tau Cerámica Mallorca Challenger took place, which will host this third Challenger of the 2022 season. An event in which some of the best players on the World Padel Tour have participated, such as Javi Garrido, Coki Nieto, the Sánchez twins Alayeto or Lucía Sainz among others.
Rafael Nadal himself was in charge of the ‘blessings’ at his house of what will be the first World Padel Tour tournament to be held in its structure, from May 21 to 29. The best Spanish tennis player in history took advantage of the morning to chat and take photos with the WPT players.
Mallorca will be the scene of the TAU Cerámica Mallorca Challenger, a World Padel Tour tournament that will bring together some of the best players on the planet in an emblematic place. For this event, the center court will be located in the heart of the facility and will be able to hold more than 1,200 spectators.
A luxurious setting to once again enjoy the best paddle tennis in the world in Mallorca. In an exciting week, the presence in Mallorca of stars such as Maxi Sánchez, Lucho Capra, Miguel Yanguas, Miguel Lamperti, Jon Sanz, Javier Garrido, ‘Coki’ Nieto and Agustín Gómez Silingo is expected.
Stars like Carolina Navarro, the Sánchez-Alayeto sisters, Lucía Sainz, Marta Ortega or Bea González could appear in the women’s draw, which guarantees a top-level sporting spectacle.
A new Challenger this year, two of which have already been played with different champions. We will have to see how the new couples that have been formed in recent weeks have delivered, and that some of them are making their debut in this competition.
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Former world number 10 Arnaud Clément has explained how “extraordinary” he finds that Rafael Nadal has always been “extremely polite”
The 2001 Australian Open finalist revealed that the 35-year-old still shakes his hand and talks to him, even after winning the Grand Slam. “What I find extraordinary about Rafa is that he has always been a player, with his extremely polite entourage of him,” Clement said.
“He always comes to say hello, he comes to shake hands because he wins Grand Slams, tournaments every week, Masters 1000 all the time. I don’t remember where he went, the day after one of his big victories, we were in the hotel lobby and then he sees me, our eyes meet, I make a small gesture to greet him then he walks across the hall to shake my hand.
So we respect each other, but I can’t say we’re close or anything, but that’s how Rafael Nadal is, that’s how he is, Clément continued. It’s simplicity, we always say hello, whatever time it is.
Whether it’s a difficult period, an exceptional moment in his career, or he’s been in demand for dozens of hours by the media around the world just before, well, that won’t change his attitude, which has always been the same. ”