Rafael Nadal Reportedly Accepts to Play at Real Madrid Stadium, Could Create New Record for Tennis Attendance

Published 03/14/2021, 10:42 PM EDT
Rafael Nadal reacts during the Individual Professional Baleares Championship at Golf Maioris on October 26, 2020 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Cristian Trujillo/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)


The dream of playing at the Real Madrid colosseum Santiago Bernabeu might finally come true for Rafael Nadal because he has reportedly agreed to play an exhibition tennis match at the newly renovated turf.

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Presently, the Spanish meadow is under construction, and there are plans for the structure to have retractable grass and roof. In addition to that, the area around Bernabeu will also have a redesigned look with futuristic amenities.

Being an ardent fan of the La Liga titans, the 34-year-old could not have said no to this opportunity to play here. Moreover, reports suggest that Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, asked the French Open king to play.

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Thus, a tennis match played on the grass of Bernabeu is inevitable. Also, it could break Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal’s match-attendance record of 51,954 set in Cape Town last year.

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Perez has been adamant about hosting a tennis match in Bernabeu since its renovation plans began in 2017. He wants both the 20-time Grand Slam champions, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, to bless the occasion.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland embrace at the net after their men’s singles semi-final match during Day Thirteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2019, in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

If a match between these two legends does happen, it could make the stadium’s popularity soar. Since the renovation would finish in 2022, full spectatorship would be on the cards. Imagine 81,000 people roaring and yelling their lungs out, watching these two great tennis players on either side of the net.

Unsurprisingly, the Spaniard took no time in giving his approval for the exhibition tennis match in Bernabeu. Considering his outright loyalty to Real Madrid, it will truly become one of the most memorable moments of his life.

In case the Swiss maestro also agrees, a dream night for tennis fans will become a reality. For now, both of them are preparing to add more majors to their tally.

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The G.O.A.T race is closer than ever between the big three of tennis. In fact, the Swiss and Spanish players are tied at a record 20 each and will be hoping to make it 21 this year.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland on winning their Men’s Final as Roger Federer holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup match on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Since Roland-Garros is up on the calendar before Wimbledon, Nadal has greater chances of touching his 21st major before Federer. He will also defend his title for a fifth consecutive year in Paris.

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Purav Joshi

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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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