Rafael Nadal Monte-Carlo plans revealed with Novak Djokovic to enjoy small advantage
Rafael Nadal will arrive in Monte-Carlo on Thursday but will be restricted to the player’s hotel, it has been revealed by Spanish newspaper Marca.
Nadal will be the third seed for the tournament, but his record on clay will mean he immediately starts as the strong favourite despite his recent injury.
While Nadal will be in the players’ hotel, rivals Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, and Daniil Medvedev will all allowed to stay in their own homes outside of the bio-bubble since they are permanent residents of Monaco.
Monte-Carlo will be the first tournaments for Djokovic and Nadal since the Australian Open, with both having to recover from injury since.
Djokovic won the title in Melbourne, but had to fight through a torn abdominal muscle that he sustained in the third round.
Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, missed the whole ATP Cup with a back injury which then hampered him throughout the Australian Open before his quarter-final exit to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Monte-Carlo, which had to be cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the first major clay event of the season.
At present, every member of the top ten are signed up to play, with the exceptions of Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer.
- Join the tennishead CLUB and receive £250/$350 of FREE GEAR including ASICS Gel-Resolution 8 trainers, shorts, shirt & socks
- Keep up to date with the breaking news & tennis action at our tennis news section
- Win amazing prizes by entering our competitions
- Learn more about your favourite players including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic
- Check out the latest tennis equipment with our tennis gear reviews
- Receive regular updates in our legendary free newsletter
- Read in depth features with stunning photography in tennishead magazine
- Can’t visit the tournaments you love? Check out our guide on how to watch tennis on TV
- Don’t miss a thing with our Live Scores service
- Follow tennishead on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube
- EXCLUSIVE 5% DISCOUNT for all tennishead readers on tennis rackets, balls, clothing, shoes & accessories with All Things Tennis, our dedicated tennis gear partner