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‘We have to enjoy Rafael Nadal while we can,’ says Barcelona tournament director

Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will play Barcelona, with tournament director David Ferrer hailing his as ‘a legend.’

Barcelona was one of the events that had to be cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it will return for 2021, and it will do so with Nadal in the draw.

Nadal lost in the semi-finals back in 2019 to eventual winner Dominic Thiem, but he is the most successful player in the tournament’s history with 11 titles.

And, with Nadal set to turn 35 this summer, Ferrer has urged fans to appreciate him while they can.

“Rafa’s presence in Barcelona is very important for the tournament and it will be even more so after the cancellation of last year’s edition,” Ferrer said.

“What Rafael Nadal has done throughout his career is something amazing and unique.

“We must explain to all the fans that what we have seen with this player is not going to be repeated.

“Rafa is a legend of this sport and we have to enjoy him while we can.”

Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.