Rafael Nadal will play in the Fast4 Tennis Showdown in Sydney
After a record-breaking year, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal will kick off his 2018 tennis season in Sydney next month.
The Harbour City has scored a coup over its interstate rivals after luring the 16-time grand slam champion to compete in the T20-style Fast4 Showdown at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 8.
Nadal will take his place alongside Australian star Nick Kyrgios and world top five-ranked players Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev.
With Fast4 to be played at Sydney Olympic Park for the first time next month, Nadal will resume his rivalry with Kyrgios, after beating the 22-year-old in the final of the China Open in October.
“Rafael Nadal is a superstar, not just in tennis but in international sport and it will be fantastic to welcome him back to Sydney to play FAST4 Tennis, a format that was pioneered here in the Harbour City,” NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said.
“He completes a stellar line-up for the event and I have no doubt fans will travel from far and wide to see these players in action and experience everything our city has to offer in summer.”
Tennis NSW CEO and Sydney International Tournament Director Lawrence Robertson said the line-up for 2018 is exciting for tennis fans.
“The FAST4 Showdown already boasts three of the world’s most exciting tennis players in Dimitrov, Zverev and Kyrgios, and to add the best player in the world — Nadal — to the mix is going to take the event to an even higher level,” Robertson said.
Tickets for FAST4 Showdown are on sale now via Ticketek. Adult prices start at $39 and $10 for children. Family passes start at $88.