It turned into precisely 16 years in the past that Rafael Nadal stood on the center courtroom in Segovia, Spain, and lifted the trophy in the front of the home crowd. The victory, his 2nd on the ATP Challenger Tour, moved him into the Top 50 for the primary time.
Nadal correctly used the Challenger circuit to vault up the ATP Rankings and announce his arrival with aplomb. Flash forward to 2019 and the Manacor local is hoping that the subsequent era of Spanish stars have the same possibility that he did.
On Tuesday, the World No. 2 welcomed local media to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, pronouncing the second one edition of the Challenger in his place of origin. In 2018, the academy celebrated expert tennis for the primary time, with Top 100 players Pablo Andujar, Daniel Evans and Thomas Fabbiano joining #NextGenATP Spaniards Nicola Kuhn and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the field. In the cease, Bernard Tomic changed into the remaining guy status, claiming the inaugural name.
This 12 months, the match has a new call but remains the equal world-class event. And the Rafa Nadal Open through Sotheby’s International Realty already has its first entrant. Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz turned into presented a prime draw wild card. The 16-12 months-antique have become the primary participant born in 2003 to win a suit on the ATP Challenger Tour, advancing to the second one round in Alicante in April. At 16 years and months, he’s currently the youngest participant within the ATP Rankings. Nadal desires to ensure that the destiny stars of the game have a platform to showcase their abilities. With an elite venue in Mallorca, his academy affords the suitable putting to achieve this.
More than 7,000 spectators took in the action closing 12 months and the birthday celebration is positive to maintain as the match opens its doors for a 2nd version. It is held at some stage in the second week of America Open, strolling from 26 August to one September.