Rafa Nadal and Bautista test in Perth for the premiere of the ATP Cup

Rafael Nadal has started its training sessions at the RAC Arena in Perth, an Australian city where the Spanish team will play the group stage of the new ATP Cup of countries, the ATP World Cup as a counterpoint to the Davis Cup Finals of Gerard Piqué (Kosmos) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Rafa Maymó, Rafa’s physio, Roberto Bautista, Rafa Nadal and Pepe Vendrell, Rober’s coach, arriving at the Perth headquarters

Nadal has been working alongside No. 2 of the line-up, Roberto Bautista. They complete the quintet Pablo Carreño, Feliciano López and Albert Ramos
. Rafa’s coach will act as captain, moved to the former headquarters of the Hopman Cup, Francis Roig.

Rafa Nadal and his coach and ATP Cup captain Francis Roig
Rafa Nadal and his coach and ATP Cup captain Francis Roig

Nadal opened his course 2020
disputing an exhibition of Abu dhabi advances for the creation of this ATP Cup that brings together 24 countries divided into six groups. The leaders of each, after the league, and the two best seconds will advance to the quarterfinals. In addition to Perth, they are headquarters Brisbane and Sydney.

The world number one demonstrated in Abu dhabi
maintain the positive inertia that led him to close the season by raising the sixth ‘silver salad bowl’ for Spain. In the ATP Cup, he is even more of a reference, since it is the numbers one from each country that give access to this tournament, according to the ATP classification.

Roberto Bautista and Rafa Nadal
Roberto Bautista and Rafa Nadal

Spain is more favorite in Group A after resignation due to injury to the elbow of Kei nishikori, which lowers the level of the Japanese team even giving command to a good Yoshihito Nishioka. Georgia, with Nikoloz Basilashvili, and Uruguay (with Cuevas, Pablo and Martín) are the other adversaries.

The dates and times are:

Saturday January 4: Spain-Georgia (10.30 am)

Monday, January 6: Spain-Uruguay (10.30 am)

Wednesday, January 8: Spain-Japan (03.00 hours)