Same-old, same old as Nadal returns to Barcelona

Some things just never change – including Rafael Nadal’s devotion to his home Barcelona Open.

The world No. 1 and 11-time champion will be making his 16th appearance at the Real Club de Tenis, which the Mallorcan islander considers a home court on the Spanish mainland.

Nadal’s entry from April 20 will mark his 16th appearance at the clay ATP 500 series tournament.

The 33-year-old will be seeking revenge after losing a 2019 semi-final to eventual trophy holder Dominic Thiem.

The event is now directed by his great friend David Ferrer, who retired from the ATP in the spring.

“Rafa is an exceptional athlete with a series of values of all kinds that make him a role model,” TD Ferrer said

Nadal, as usual, was the first to confirm his presence for the 68th edition of the Catalan classic.

“Rafa’s participation is very important for the tournament – and this time it will be even more important because he will play to regain the title he did not win in 2019,” Ferer added.

“I’m proud to announce this news not only from the sporting point of view, but for many other reasons that make Rafa an exceptional athlete with and role model.

“Having Rafa play is a luxury and we realise its value.”

Rafa Nadal in action in Barcelona 2019.

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