Former World No.1 Rafael Nadal had announced that he would return to Rotterdam Open for the first time since 2009. In a row, Spaniard has received a huge compliment from the tournament Director Richard Krajicek.
The 48th edition of Netherland’s ATP 500 event will take place from 1st March to 7th March on indoor hard courts.
“I am looking forward to returning to the Netherlands. It has been a long time ago since I went to play in Rotterdam. This year the season has a different calendar, and in this case, it fits well into my schedule. It’s a tournament that I like to play and hopefully be in their honours roll. I hope to see all my Dutch friends and fans in Rotterdam again.”, Nadal said.
Having 20 Grand Slam titles under his name, 34-years-old Spanish is considered one of the greatest players of all time.
“It’s no secret that Rafael Nadal is one of my all-time favourite players. The intensity he brings to the court is unparalleled. His fighting spirit in combination with his unique technique is an example for everyone. The fact that he returns to Rotterdam after so many years makes it extra special, of course,” Rotterdam Tournament Director Richard Krajicek expressed.
“There Is No One Who Will Be Close”: Director Krajicek on Rafael Nadal’s Top Ten Record
Rafael Nadal holds several records like 13 Roland Garros titles, World No.1 for 209 weeks and singles and doubles Olympic Gold Medals. However, Spaniard has now added one more on it, a top ten player for 800 weeks in a row.
Richard Krajicek continued, “What applied to his debut in 2008 in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, still applies. Rafa is again in second place in the ATP Rankings. That shows how unique it is. Non-stop in the top 10 since April 2005. No one will be close to this, or who will match him for a long time to come.”
“We had annual contact about him playing here, but it did not fit into the schedule. Now that the season looks different in terms of planning, he was open to coming back to Rotterdam. Of course, we immediately seized that opportunity. It would be great if we could add him to our Ring of Champions on March 7th,” Director added.
Rafael Nadal is the fifth player in the 2021 Rotterdam Open entry list after Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner.