Rafa Nadal will open the season on January 29 with Djokovic

Rafael Nadal He will play his first sporting event of the 2021 season on January 29 in Adelaide, an Australian city where he will pass the mandatory two-week quarantine in order to compete in the country.

About fifty tennis players will be confined for two weeks, between hotel and facility (five hours a day for sports preparation), in Adelaide, relieving the large bubble in Melbourne, where the Australian Open from February 8 to 21.

Adelaida will open its doors from January 14, and will feature great figures such as Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka. All of them, to which a colleague will be added, will play the ‘A Day at the Drive’, a one-day tournament divided into two sessions that will be held on January 29, before the public, the amount of which is yet to be determined.

The headquarters of Adelaide It also announced the holding of a post-Australian Open WTA 500 tournament from February 22-27.

He Memorial Drive Tennis Center Adelaide regularly hosts an ATP and a WTA tournament early in the season under normal conditions. The pandemic has changed the Australian calendar, due to the delay in the start of the quarantine and the Open.

Once the quarantine is carried out, tennis players and their coaches will have freedom of movement. Rafa Nadal will make his official debut at the ATP Cup by country, from February 1 to 5, in Melbourne. Will share equipment with Roberto Bautista, with whom Pablo Carreño and Marcel Granollers have been working at the Manacor academy.