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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Rafael Nadal at the presentation of the 2nd edition of "Rafa Nadal Open by Sotheby's"
Rafael Nadal at the press conference to launch the 2nd Rafa Nadal Open by Sotheby's Internacional Realty' ATP challenger tour tennis tournament, at Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar in Manacor, 30 July 2019.
On Tuesday, the World No. 2 welcomed local media to the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar, announcing the second edition of the Challenger in his hometown.
"We try to make the event fun and dynamic, so people who like tennis have the chance to enjoy it at a high level," Nadal said. "The idea is also that fans can enjoy the many events around the tournament, so that it also becomes a social happening and they can be entertained. The fact that admission is free helps make it easier for people to enjoy the tennis."
In 2018, the academy celebrated professional tennis for the first 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 end, Bernard Tomic was the last man standing, claiming the inaugural title.
This year, the the tournament has a new name, but remains the same world-class event. And the Rafa Nadal Open by Sotheby's International Realty already has its first entrant. Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz was awarded a main draw wild card. The 16-year-old became the first player born in 2003 to win a match on the ATP Challenger Tour, advancing to the second round in Alicante in April. At 16 years and two months, he is currently the youngest player in the ATP Rankings.
"When I was younger, I was lucky enough to play all Futures tournaments here in Spain and didn't need to travel far. It was a great help. Now, efforts are being made by the Spanish Federation to expand the Challenger tournaments here. It is so important to promote tennis at this level and also helps the young Spaniards who are pursuing professional careers. That said, I hope everyone enjoys this Challenger and it becomes a success."
Nadal wants to ensure that the future stars of the game have a platform to showcase their talents. With an elite venue in Mallorca, his academy provides the perfect setting to do so.
More than 7,000 spectators took in the action last year and the party is sure to continue as the tournament opens its doors for a second edition. It is held during the second week of the US Open, running from 26 August to 1 September.