Rafael Nadal’s Schedule for the 2021 Season

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Spanish great Rafael Nadal brought everyone to their feet with his 13th French Open glory last year. In doing so, he leveled his Grand Slam titles count with Roger Federer‘s 20. Rafa’s only other title in 2020 came at the Mexican Open.

Even then, Rafa ended his 2020 season as World No. 2 for the seventh time in his career. However, his tough luck on the hard courts remained unchanged. He dropped out of Paris Masters and ATP Finals in the semifinals; the two titles he’s never won.

As he paces forward to start his 2021 season, the 34-year-old will have a lot on his mind. Apart from success on hard courts, Nadal will love to add a Slam outside France. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the tournaments ‘King of Clay’ will play this year.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Schedule for Rafael Nadal in 2021

The list is only provisional and can change according to different circumstances.

Date Tournament Location Draw Size Classification Surface
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

*Note: Indian Wells Masters has been postponed until further notice due to coronavirus spread in the USA.

Although Nadal only played seven tournaments throughout 2020, he will aim to play more this year. Additionally, his fighting mentality and hunger to win tournaments also seem to be growing every year. Therefore, it will be very difficult to keep eyes off him during the entire 2021 season.

Rafa Nadal’s defense and chances in 2021

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the match point during their final singles match daring day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

First of all, Nadal, along with Team Spain, will participate in the ATP Cup. They will look to go one step further this time as they lost in the finals in 2020. Team Spain will also defend its 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 drawing more titles towards him.

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.

Also Read: Novak Djokovic’s Schedule for the 2021 Season

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