BARCELONA, March 13, 2018
Rafael Nadal and four other top-10 players headline the entry list of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell staged at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899, the oldest Spanish tennis club, from 21 to 29 May 2018. They will be joined by three top-20 as well as all Spanish tennis players ranked inside this week’s top 100 of the ATP World rankings. During Tuesday’s official launch of the ATP 500 event, the mayor of the city stressed that during the tournament “Barcelona will once again be the world capital of tennis”.
Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Kevin Anderson as well as three other players such as Diego Schwartzman, Pablo Carreño Busta and Roberto Bautista Agut, who are among the 20 best in the world ranking, will be the main attractions of the biggest tennis tournament in Catalonia. The news was presented at the Saló de Cent of the Barcelona Town Hall. In total there will be 12 players among the top 26 of the ATP World Tour list.
“We are very happy with the list. We have five fantastic players, but also tennis players beloved in Barcelona as Kei Nishikori as well as all the best in Spanish tennis. And also some of the great promises of this sport like the Russian Andrey Rublev, who heads this year the classification of the Next Gen”, tournament director Albert Costa explained.
The mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau hosted the presentation. The president of Banc Sabadell, Josep Oliu, the Count of Godó and the president of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona, Albert Agustí, also attended the ceremony, calling the entry list of this 66th edition of the tournament “exceptional, and surely one of the best in the last years.”