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octobrina10

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Canada Masters, in Toronto

Rafa is going to participate in the 2021 Canada Masters!


The tournament website: “I’m very happy to return to Canada to play in Toronto,” said reigning champion Nadal. “Toronto is a fantastic tournament and I have had some really great matches there. As a matter of fact, I won there the last time we played and I would love to defend my title this August and be again with my fans in Canada and around the world.”


Vamos Rafa!

:)
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
How the Citi Open lured Rafael Nadal to D.C.

JUL 8, 2021
/ BY TYLER BYRUM

The Citi Open is welcoming its biggest star – men’s or women’s – to the Washington D.C. tennis tournament this year. Rafael Nadal, the 20-time major champion, will head to Rock Creek Park as he returns to competition for the first time since the French Open.

For the 52-year-old tournament, it is a tremendous opportunity to highlight the event with one of the greatest athletes ever. While continuing to make his case as arguably the greatest male tennis player of all time, Nadal has transcended sport as a global figure. The Citi Open always likes to celebrate its strong field as a 500-level event on the ATP calendar. Never, though, has a player of Nadal’s stature been a part of the field.

Getting the first member of the ‘Big Three’ (Roger Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic) to attend the Citi Open since Federer’s first year on tour in 1999, was the result of a process that began a few years ago.

“Since we took over the event two years ago, we've made a real point to outreach to all the top players to tell them about the event, the experience they would have and why they should consider coming to Washington,” Mark Ein, Citi Open Chairman and CEO of MDE Tennis, told NBC Sports Washington.
“[Nadal] had never been to Washington, D.C., [Nadal’s team] reached out to us as a couple weeks ago and said this is something they were considering. We obviously did everything we could to show them that Washington would be a fantastic place for him to play and also have an experience for a city he's never been.”

The decision from the current No. 3 player in the world came just two days prior to the announcement. Past the main draw deadline for the event held from July 31 to Aug. 8 at Rock Creek Park in Northeast, D.C, he had to receive a Wild Card entry.

Washington will be the first tournament for Nadal in two months. Nadal elected not to play at Wimbledon or the Tokyo Olympics after his semifinal loss to Djokovic in the French Open. The Spaniard wanted to focus on his body and getting back to peak form on the tour. Because of the pandemic, Nadal did not play in the United States during the 2020 season. His last tournament in America was his championship at the 2019 U.S. Open.
“I am very excited to come to Washington for the first time,” Nadal said in a statement. “I have never been there and it’s one more place I wanted to come and play. I am looking forward to playing again and Washington shall be the best start for the US Summer Swing for me. Looking forward to seeing again my US fans that I haven’t seen since I won the 2019 US Open in NYC!. Vamos!”

His 20 major championships are tied with Federer for the most ever, a mark Djokovic could match by claiming Wimbledon this weekend. Overall, he’ll be seeking his 89th singles title which is fourth all-time (behind Jimmy Connors, Federer and Ivan Lendl).

“It's indescribable to have a global icon like Rafa come to our city and our community. This tournament, and being the 52nd year we've hosted this event, we've had great champions like Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl and Arthur Ashe, but I think Rafa takes it even to another level,” Ein said. “There never really has been a player like him come play in our tournament and in our community and it's just extraordinarily exciting for all of us.”

Marquee players have always been a staple of the Citi Open through the years. Andy Murray made a few returns from injury in D.C. Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Roddick made multiple stops while at the peak of their careers in the mid-2000s. Back in the 1990s, Andre Agassi was a mainstay in the field winning it five times and prior to him was Connors, Lendl and Arthur Ashe. The Bryan brothers have also been prominently featured in doubles competition.
Nadal will bring it to a different level in 2021 and the Citi Open is excited for the District's response.

“He transcends tennis. He transcends sports. I mean he's one of those one-name people when you say Rafa you know who we're talking about,” Ein said. “To me what it means the most to are the kids in our community are going to get to come see him in person firsthand. See him, see him practice, see him play and hopefully inspire future generations of tennis players sports stars, business people, whoever who just get inspired by seeing the world's best right in their own community.”

 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa & Basketball

Rafa will be cheering for Spain's basketball team facing Argentina at the Olympics on Thursday night (9:00 PM local). In the picture he posted on Instagram, he holds a shirt of his longtime friend Pau Gasol, a Spanish pro basketball player, who has played for many NBA teams since 2001 and also for the Spanish national basketball team since 2001.
Rafa and P.Gasol have been friends since they met for the first time at a Nike event in Barcelona, when Rafa was 16 -17 years old. In 2018, P.Gasol said he had watched 8 of 11 Rafa's FO final matches from the stands. In June 2018, P.Gasol attended the graduation ceremony of the Rafa Nadal International School (then called the American International School). The school is situated within Rafa's academy and allows young athletes to combine tennis and studies. In March 2020, Rafa and Paul Gasol launched the #NuestraMejorVictoria (or #CruzRojaResponde) campaign with the aim of raising funds to fight the pandemic in Spain. The goal was to raise 11 million euros, they surpassed that goal by raising over 14 million euros.

http://instagr.am/p/CR4mhf9L6ha/

Rafa and Pau Gasol after Spain won Eurobasket 2015:


:)
 

JustMy2Cents

Professional
Rafa & Basketball

Rafa will be cheering for Spain's basketball team facing Argentina at the Olympics on Thursday night (9:00 PM local). In the picture he posted on Instagram, he holds a shirt of his longtime friend Pau Gasol, a Spanish pro basketball player, who has played for many NBA teams since 2001 and also for the Spanish national basketball team since 2001.
Rafa and P.Gasol have been friends since they met for the first time at a Nike event in Barcelona, when Rafa was 16 -17 years old. In 2018, P.Gasol said he had watched 8 of 11 Rafa's FO final matches from the stands. In June 2018, P.Gasol attended the graduation ceremony of the Rafa Nadal International School (then called the American International School). The school is situated within Rafa's academy and allows young athletes to combine tennis and studies. In March 2020, Rafa and Paul Gasol launched the #NuestraMejorVictoria (or #CruzRojaResponde) campaign with the aim of raising funds to fight the pandemic in Spain. The goal was to raise 11 million euros, they surpassed that goal by raising over 14 million euros.

http://instagr.am/p/CR4mhf9L6ha/

Rafa and Pau Gasol after Spain won Eurobasket 2015:


:)
I saw the tweet and would have just copy/pasted that here. Trust @Octobrina to give all the background info(y)(y):giggle:
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa & Basketball

Rafa will be cheering for Spain's basketball team facing Argentina at the Olympics on Thursday night (9:00 PM local). In the picture he posted on Instagram, he holds a shirt of his longtime friend Pau Gasol, a Spanish pro basketball player, who has played for many NBA teams since 2001 and also for the Spanish national basketball team since 2001.
Rafa and P.Gasol have been friends since they met for the first time at a Nike event in Barcelona, when Rafa was 16 -17 years old. In 2018, P.Gasol said he had watched 8 of 11 Rafa's FO final matches from the stands. In June 2018, P.Gasol attended the graduation ceremony of the Rafa Nadal International School (then called the American International School). The school is situated within Rafa's academy and allows young athletes to combine tennis and studies. In March 2020, Rafa and Paul Gasol launched the #NuestraMejorVictoria (or #CruzRojaResponde) campaign with the aim of raising funds to fight the pandemic in Spain. The goal was to raise 11 million euros, they surpassed that goal by raising over 14 million euros.

http://instagr.am/p/CR4mhf9L6ha/

Rafa and Pau Gasol after Spain won Eurobasket 2015:


:)
Spain defeated Argentina and advanced to the quarterfinals! Rafa's cheering helped. :)
 

Rafa24

Hall of Fame
What is it like where you are based?? Will Rafa have to go into bubble/any type of restrictions??
I'm not sure what it will be like. I just came here to ask if anyone knew if the players would all be staying in the same hotel or what the situation was. I'm not from Washington I will be traveling there I will post and let you guys know. I will post pics too. :D
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
Just a reminder to relish:
At the age of 22, Rafa Winning the French Open, Wimbledon and Olympic Gold back to back
on 3 different surfaces in the space of 2 months

beat both Djokovic and Federer for RG, dethroned Federer at Wimbledon in the final, beat AO winner Djokovic in the Olympic semis. Greatest run in Tennis history.
This will certainly *never* be repeated. Ever.
 

JustMy2Cents

Professional

Get ready for this quote to trigger a lot of people.
It's quite likely the quote is made up... this journo is notorious for misquotes.
He claims it was in a phone conversation and also says Rafa has been vaccinated. We'll have to wait for confirmation.
 
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