Sad News for Rafael Nadal and Team Spain Fans for ATP Cup 2022

Published 12/01/2021, 1:15 AM EST
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


As the 2021 season is coming to an end, fans are already looking forward to the beginning of the 2022 season. The first tournament in the new year will be the ATP Cup 2022. In the upcoming third edition of the competition, there’s unfortunate news for Team Spain. The 2o-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal, will not be leading his nation next year. Along with that, Carlos Alcaraz and Marcel Granollers are also missing out on the tournament in Australia.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Rafael Nadal has decided to play an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi from 16-18th December 2021, as his return from a lengthy hiatus.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Big blow for Team Spain

Team Spanish suffered a major blow ahead of the tournament in Syndey. Spain’s pride, Rafael Nadal has decided to pull out from next year’s ATP Cup. In both their previous editions, the former World No. 1 has been a leader for Team Spain.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain waves to the crowd after losing a match to Lloyd Harris of South Africa on Day 6 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Moreover, the rising star of the country, Carlos Alcaraz, has also confirmed his unavailability for the event in Australia. Following this news, Roberto Bautista and Pablo Carreno will take charge of Team Spain at the ATP Cup 2022.

Team Spain led by Nadal majestically reached the finals of last year’s ATP Cup, before losing to Team Serbia. In the 2020 final, Roberto won his singles match against Dusan Lajovic, but Novak Djokovic defeated Rafa in their singles encounter. Serbia also won the doubles match against Spain, and thus, took home the inaugural ATP Cup trophy.

Watch this story: The Journey of Roger Federer to the Elite Billionaire’s Club

Rafael Nadal sends a warm message ahead of his exhibition match

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Rafael Nadal retired from this season in August 2021 due to a persistent foot injury. He will soon be making his comeback to professional tennis after almost four-months of recovery. Nadal will be next seen in action at the Mudabala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, starting on December 16.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 1: Rafael Nadal (ESP) speaks with press on Media Day ahead of the 2021 Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center on August 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mike Lawrence/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

Ahead of the exhibition match in Abu Dhabi, the former World No. sent a lovely message to fans across the globe. “Hello everyone, Rafa here! I’m very happy to be back at the Mubadala World Championship in Abu Dhabi. I hope to see you there,” he said as he prepares to train for the competition.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Tennis fans across the world are excited to witness the majestic skills of the Spaniard on a tennis court one more time. How excited are you to see Rafael Nadal back in action?

DIVE DEEPER

BRAVO! Teenager Carlos Alcaraz Bags More Prize Money Than Idol Rafael Nadal in 2021

2 months ago

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Atri Bhatt

492 articles

Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT