After Rafael Nadal’s Confirmation, Barcelona Open 2021 Announces Good News for Fans

Published 03/23/2021, 9:42 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning a point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


It won’t be too long before Rafael Nadal once again becomes the boss of red dirt. But before the clay season begins, good news has arrived for fans from the Barcelona Open.

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Firstly, the participation of the 20-time Grand Slam champion has already added more volume to the event. In fact, tournament director and retired tennis player David Ferrer laid emphasis on the Spaniard’s importance to Barcelona.

Now, the ATP 500 tournament has announced that it will host limited fans this year, which is great news for clay fans in the Spanish city.

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Fans can watch Rafael Nadal from the stands in Barcelona

From 2005 to 2020, Rafael Nadal has won the Barcelona Open a record 11 times. Moreover, only three players other than him have claimed the Catalonian title in those years.

Additionally, the defending champion, Dominic Thiem, has opted to play in the Serbian Open this year. Thus, the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona stadium will not see a defender for its 68th edition.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 24: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Leonardo Mayer of Argentina during the round of 32 matches on day two of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at Real Club De Tenis Barcelona on April 24, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

However, the presence of fans will make the tournament even more special. The lucky few will get to watch the ‘King of Clay’ roaring on the clay court. The tournament is expected to be “a safe and exciting event.”

A matter of concern is that Rafa had been suffering from a back issue since the beginning of 2021. As a result, he did not participate in a single tournament except the Australian Open.

But recently, the 34-year-old showed his excitement for a season on his favorite surface. He revealed an extensive schedule that will conclude with his title-defense in Paris.

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Which tournaments will Nadal play on clay this year?

Rafael Nadal will resume his 2021 season at the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and World No. 3 Dominic Thiem will join the Spaniard in Monaco. However, all three players have withdrawn from the ongoing Miami Masters 1000.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 19: Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a forehand against Guido Pella of Argentinean their quarter-final match during day six of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 19, 2019, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Moving forward, Rafa will extend his clay season to Barcelona, Madrid, and Rome and conclude it at the French Open. He will be eyeing to get ahead of Roger Federer and claim his 21st Grand Slam at Roland-Garros.

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However, he has a series of tournaments to look forward to before that. Do you think Nadal will claim yet another historic win in Barcelona this year?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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