Rafael Nadal is currently in South America taking part in an exhibition tour of Latin America.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion and Carlos Alcaraz, ranked in the top two of the ATP world rankings, were absent from Spain’s Davis Cup squad that made a quarterfinal exit in the tournament.
Following Spain’s defeat to Italy in the Davis Cup, James Gray, a sports journalist, took to social media and stated that the Spanish veteran missed the Davis Cup tie because of the money he could make from the Latin American exhibition tour.
The tweet caught the eye of Nadal’s supporters and tennis enthusiasts in general, with one claiming that those sentiments would make more sense if the Spaniard had never won the competition previously. He also stated that the 36-year-old has earned the right to decide whether or not he wants to participate in the tournament.
Another fan remarked that the former World No. 1’s decision to offer young players the chance to represent their nation only demonstrates what a fantastic professional he is.
Here are a few more fan reactions:
Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud are set to go against each other in six different nations during their exhibition tour of Latin America, which began in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
On Wednesday, the World No. 2 and No. 3 participated in a singles match at the Parque Roca in Buenos Aires where the 36-year-old overpowered Ruud 7-6, 6-2.
The Norwegian will next travel with the 14-time French Open winner to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where they will face each other on November 26. After that, they are scheduled to play in Quito, Ecuador on November 27, in Bogota, Colombia on November 29, and then in Mexico City, Mexico on December 1.
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