The director of the Madrid Masters, Feliciano López, admits that the entire organization of the tournament is delighted with the presence of Rafael Nadal. Nadal, who is fourth in the world ranking, will play his first clay-court tournament of the season in Madrid.
A month and a half ago in Indian Wells, Nadal suffered a stress fracture in one of his ribs. This injury forced Nadal to delay the start of his clay court season and skip Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
This week, Nadal confirmed that he intends to start his clay-court season in the Spanish capital. “We are very happy that Rafa is here with us. I am hopeful that we can see him 100 percent on Wednesday,” Lopez said, according to Sportskeeda.
This year, the Madrid public will also be delighted to see Carlos Alcaraz in action.
At the age of 18, Alcaraz is already a Masters champion and is ranked 9th in the world, the best ranking of his career.
Some believe that Alcaraz is the new Nadal and surely the Madrid public will be very happy to see the 18-year-old playing in his country. “I think that Spanish tennis is experiencing an incredible moment,” López told Marca.
“It is a joy to have someone like Carlos Alcaraz in Spanish tennis”
Nadal couldn’t wait any longer
Nadal has already fallen behind in his preparation for the French Open.
If nothing changes, Nadal will play in Madrid and Rome before Roland Garros. “Although I have just arrived with the preparation and it is difficult, I really want to play and play in my country since the opportunities are rare,” Nadal tweeted this week.
“I’m going to test the faire of the best façon possible. On se voit à Madrid” Nadal and joue généralement pas la semaine précédant Roland-Garros, mais il pourrait decider de le faire si ses campagnes à Madrid et à Rome ne passent pas good. Nadal is a five-time champion of Madrid, but has not won the tournament since 2017.
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