Rafael Nadal Confirmed For 2021 Australian Open

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2020 (by Michael Dickens)

While the tennis world awaits official confirmation from Melbourne that the 2021 Australian Open will take place from Feb. 8-21, one player who has made definite plans to be Down Under is World No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

“Rafa is confirmed he is traveling to Melbourne and playing in the Australian Open,” Nadal’s manager Benito Pérez-Barbadian told Melbourne’s The Age. 

The 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, who won the Australian Open in 2009 and reached the finals four other times, is ready to endure the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon arrival. His commitment to play in the first major of 2021, no doubt, is a relief to the organizers.

Nadal reached the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open before losing to Dominic Thiem.

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