WATCH: Rafael Nadal’s First Glimpse in the Bubble Ahead of the Australian Open 2021

Published 01/23/2021, 6:09 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball during the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Over the years, Spain’s Rafael Nadal has won fans over with supreme command over the sport. The manner in which he rules the courts at Roland Garros is unimaginable. Last season, Rafa won his 13th Grand Slam title at the French Open and even equaled his great rival, Roger Federer’s record of 20 Majors.

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As of today, the Spaniard is currently in Adelaide, ready to headline the ‘A Day at the Drive’ event., which will also feature the star power of  Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka. The motive behind holding this event is to echo the unity of the city since it has suffered a lot from the coronavirus.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia (R) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain at the net following their Men’s Singles fourth round match on day eight of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal Rocked the Pink Shorts Yet Again

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Recently, 2009 Australian Open champion, Rafael Nadal, gave fans a glimpse of himself, since he’s arrived down under. Rafa was seen on his balcony waving out to fans, rocking his pink color shorts with a grey sleeveless t-shirt, similar to his outfit at the 2018 Australian Open.

After the one-day event in Adelaide, players will proceed to Melbourne for the first Slam of the new season. After a number of discussions and provisions made, authorities have worked tremendously hard to ensure players get to compete. It will be a treat for fans to watch world-class tennis again.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves during a practice session ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 10, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

After all the troubles people have gone through in the last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian Open will surely brighten up the atmosphere. After all, it is known as the ‘happy slam’.

In the previous edition, Novak Djokovic won the championship in the men’s category, taking his tally to 17 Majors overall. Sofia Kenin won the women’s championship, which was her first Major title.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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