Rafael Nadal’s Schedule for the 2021 Season

Published 01/06/2021, 10:00 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Spanish great Rafael Nadal brought everyone to their feet with his 13 French Open glory last year. In doing so, he leveled his Grand Slam titles count with Roger Federer‘s 20. Rafa’s only other title in 2020 came at the Mexican Open.

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Even then, Rafa ended his 2020 season as World No. 2 for the seventh time in his career. However, his tough luck on the hard courts remained unchanged. He dropped out of Paris Masters and ATP Finals in the semifinals; the two titles he’s never won.

As he paces forward to start his 2021 season, the 34-year-old will have a lot on his mind. Apart from success on hard courts, Nadal will love to add a Slam outside France. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the tournaments ‘King of Clay’ will play this year.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship 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)

Schedule for Rafael Nadal in 2021

The list is only provisional and can change according to different circumstances.

DateTournamentLocationDraw SizeClassificationSurface
1 Feb – 5 FebATP CupMelbourne, Australia12 teamsTeam tournament with round-robin matchesHard
8 Feb – 15 FebAustralian OpenMelbourne, Australia128Grand SlamHard
15 MarMexican OpenAcapulco, Mexico32ATP 500Hard
12 AprMonte-Carlo MastersRoquebrune-Cap-Martin, France56Masters 1000Clay
19 AprBarcelona OpenBarcelona, Spain48ATP 500Clay
3 MayMadrid OpenMadrid, Spain56Masters 1000Clay
10 MayItalian OpenRome, Italy56Masters 1000Clay
24 May – 31 MayFrench OpenParis, France128Grand SlamClay
28 Jun – 5 JulyThe Championships, WimbledonLondon, Great Britain128Grand SlamGrass
26 JulTokyo OlympicsTokyo, Japan64Olympic GamesHard
9 AugCanadian MastersToronto, Canada56Masters 1000Hard
30 Aug – 6 SeptUS OpenNew York City, United States128Grand SlamHard
20 SeptLaver CupBoston, United States2 teamsTeam tournamentHard
1 NovParis MastersParis, France48Masters 1000Hard
15 NovATP FinalsTurin, Italy8Tournament with round-robin matchesHard
22 NovDavis CupMadrid, Spain18 countriesTeam tournament with round-robin matchesHard
Tba*Indian Wells MastersTucson, California96Masters 1000Hard

*Note: Indian Wells Masters has been postponed until further notice due to coronavirus spread in the USA.

Although Nadal only played seven tournaments throughout 2020, he will aim to play more this year. Additionally, his fighting mentality and hunger to win tournaments also seem to be growing every year. Therefore, it will be very difficult to keep eyes off him during the entire 2021 season.

Rafa Nadal’s defense and chances in 2021

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the match point during their final singles match daring day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

First of all, Nadal, along with Team Spain, will participate in the ATP Cup. They will look to go one step further this time as they lost in the finals in 2020. Team Spain will also defend its title at the Davis Cup.

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For the Spaniard alone, there are three titles to defend, Mexican Open, French Open, and Canadian Open (2019). Other than that, he will look forward to drawing more titles towards him.

Considering the level of his competition, tennis fans are in for a show to see Nadal compete at his best. Hopefully, the entire season will run its course and we will get to see the left-handed magician of Spain.

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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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