World No.2, Rafael Nadal created history last year at the Roland Garros when he lifted the title for a record-extending 13th time bringing him equal to friend and foe, Roger Federer in the no. of Grand Slam titles won.
The Spaniard claimed only two titles last year and still managed to secure the World No.2 spot for the seventh time in his career. Nadal’s luck remains unaltered at the indoor hard-courts where he continued to struggle. Dropping out of the Paris Masters followed by the ATP Finals, the year-end London tournament remains elusive in Rafa’s career.
Looking forward to start his 2021 season, Nadal will have a lot on his mind to conquer for himself in the upcoming season. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the tournaments ‘King of Clay’ will play this year.
Schedule for Rafa Nadal in 2021
|1 Feb – 5 Feb||ATP Cup||Melbourne, Australia||12 teams||Team tournament with round-robin matches||Hard|
|8 Feb – 15 Feb||Australian Open||Melbourne, Australia||128||Grand Slam||Hard|
|15 Mar||Mexican Open||Acapulco, Mexico||32||ATP 500||Hard|
|12 Apr||Monte-Carlo Masters||Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France||56||Masters 1000||Clay|
|19 Apr||Barcelona Open||Barcelona, Spain||48||ATP 500||Clay|
|3 May||Madrid Open||Madrid, Spain||56||Masters 1000||Clay|
|10 May||Italian Open||Rome, Italy||56||Masters 1000||Clay|
|24 May – 31 May||French Open||Paris, France||128||Grand Slam||Clay|
|28 Jun – 5 July||The Championships, Wimbledon||London, Great Britain||128||Grand Slam||Grass|
|26 Jul||Tokyo Olympics||Tokyo, Japan||64||Olympic Games||Hard|
|9 Aug||Canadian Masters||Toronto, Canada||56||Masters 1000||Hard|
|30 Aug – 6 Sept||US Open||New York City, United States||128||Grand Slam||Hard|
|20 Sept||Laver Cup||Boston, United States||2 teams||Team tournament||Hard|
|1 Nov||Paris Masters||Paris, France||48||Masters 1000||Hard|
|15 Nov||ATP Finals||Turin, Italy||8||Tournament with round-robin matches||Hard|
|22 Nov||Davis Cup||Madrid, Spain||18 countries||Team tournament with round-robin matches||Hard|
|Tba*||Indian Wells Masters||Tucson, California||96||Masters 1000||Hard|
The list is only provisional and can change according to different circumstances.
Nadal, who played only seven tournaments in 2020 owing to the global pandemic, aims to play a lot more this year. The Spaniard’s hunger to win keeps rising by the year hence, it will be difficult to keep eyes off him in 2021.
Rafa Nadal will kick off his tour with Team Spain at the ATP Cup, after ending the inaugural edition last year as runner-ups. Team Spain will also defend their title at the Davis Cup.
For the Spaniard alone, there are three titles to defend, Mexican Open, French Open, and Canadian Open (2019). Other than that, he will look forward to conquer more to his name.
Considering the level of his competition, tennis fans are in for a show to see Nadal compete at his best. Hopefully, the entire season will run its course and we will get to see the left-handed magician of Spain unleash his ultimate potential.