Nadal kicks off at Adelaide exhibition

A Day at the Drive will bring together the best of the rankings, who have passed a special quarantine in Adelaide, from 03:00 in the Spanish morning on Friday.


Rafa Nadal returns to the track this Friday in Adelaide. The Balearic will participate, along with the best of the male and female rankings, in a mini exhibition tournament that will begin at 1:00 p.m. Australian time (3:00 a.m. in Spain). A Day at the Drive will reunite Nadal with the world's number one, Novak Djokovic, and with the third, Dominic Thiem, in an event that will feature the first rackets of the WTA, Ashleigh Barty, who has not had to be confined to being Australian, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. Also guests are Jannick Sinner and Irina-Camila Begu.

At the Memorial Drive Tennis Center, and in support of the Australian Tennis Foundation and its work in the most disadvantaged areas of the south of the country, Nadal, who was able to prepare in Manacor and has not played since losing in the ATP Finals semi-finals against Medvedev, He will face Thiem from 09:00 peninsular time. Before, at 03:00, the matches will begin with the duel between Djokovic and Sinner, which will be followed by Serena against Osaka and Venus against Begu. Finally, in the afternoon session, after Rafa's gig, the faces Barty and Halep will be seen. These two matches can be followed on Eurosport.

Adelaida will kick off the Aussie tour amid controversy over which many players regard tennis stars as favor treatment. Nadal and company have passed the quarantine, which ended on the afternoon of this Thursday, with several members of their teams and with relatives, something that those who have been confined in Melbourne have not been able to do. They have also been able to leave their rooms with a terrace for five hours a day to train, a possibility that some have also had in the capital of Victoria, all except the 72 who were in contact with someone positive for COVID on flights from Dubai, Abu Dabi and Los Angeles.

Response to criticism

Nadal responded to the criticism from two points of view and questioned the attitude of Djokovic, who made public his demands regarding the situation of his colleagues. "Here each one tries to get the maximum possible performance within our possibilities and help each other, what happens is that some need to make it public and others do it in a more private way without having to publish everything we are doing," he said in ESPN Argentina. "There is talk that those of us in Adelaide are in better condition, but I have not heard anyone from Melbourne say that they have a better room than others. Those who may have complained so much about our conditions in Adelaide have not decided to stay confined without training, "he said. The next day, on CNN, the Spaniard offered a more human point of view: "It is normal to complain, but, on the other hand, you see how many are dying in the world, how many are losing their father or mother, without having the opportunity to say goodbye. It is something real, not philosophical, that is real life and it is what is happening in my country where people close to me are suffering this situation ". This Friday he will go from the computer screen to a tennis court, in a simulation of what the competition will be, which for him will really begin on February 2 in Melbourne as Spain's leader in the ATP Cup.

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