‘Rafael Nadal will return to the fullest again’, says ATP star

Over the years, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martín del Potro have become two of the favorite tennis players for Mexican fans who flock to the Acapulco Open. Although both former AMT champions are recovering from an injury that prevented them from playing the second half of the 2021 season, Grupo Mextenis left the door open for them to participate in the next edition of their tournament. The director Raúl Zurutuza reiterated the importance of both players for the Mexican tournament, and left open the possibility of participating even through a wildcard. “With Rafa I personally have no news about the return of his injury. He hasn’t announced anything. Obviously he will always be welcome to Acapulco, if he does not sign up there will be a wildcard for him, it will depend a lot on how he is recovering from his injury”, said the manager. On Del Potro’s situation, he stated: “He has already been our champion and we would love to have him. I am also not very aware of how he is doing with his injury, if he is ready to play and wants to play. Here he would be welcome”. Zurutuza also referred to two other great exponents of the ATP: “We would like Diego Schwartzman to come, but no one has been confirmed. Last year he left the tournament very quickly. We will see how the ranking will be handled, we have to wait and see what happens.”

Gabashvili opens up on Nadal

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal have dominated tennis for nearly two decades, winning a whopping 60 Grand Slams among them. While some reckon that their continued dominance has taken tennis to greater heights, Teymuraz Gabashvili believes it has been “very bad” for the sport. “It’s good for me, but it’s good now,” he added. “For 20 years we only had three players, this is very bad. The popularity of tennis decreases when they always win, people get overwhelmed, they want something new but it doesn’t happen because they are too good, that’s when the problems come.” At the same time, though, Gabashvili warned that Djokovic is still “the best” while Rafael Nadal, too, can never be counted out. “I think he can get it soon, since Djokovic defends absolutely everything,” the Russian added. “In Australia he is worth making semifinals and that Novak does not come out champion, the problem is that Djokovic is still the best and that Rafa will return to the fullest again.”