Rafael Nadal claimed the Barcelona Open was one of the few ATP World Tour tournaments played at a “real” tennis club.
The world number four, and eight-time Barcelona champion, has been practising at the Real Club de Tennis, ahead of his first-up clash with fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.
Nadal will take to centre court on Wednesday, with his path early on the ATP 500 event in Spain likely to
see him take on 13th seed Fabio Fognini and fifth seed Feliciano Lopez if he gets past Almagro.
The Mallorcan said the club’s history ensured it ongoing success.
“This club breathes tennis, it breathes the history of tennis,” Nadal said.
“It’s always special when we can play tournaments in a real tennis club and this tournament is one of the few we can play at a real tennis club.
“Talking about the tournament, the best players throughout history have been playing…
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