Rafa Nadal will aim to regain his dominance at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Rafa Nadal will be one more year the main star of the lineup of players that was presented today the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell – 68th Conde de Godó Trophy, which will be held from April 17 to 25, 2021. In addition to the Majorcan, who will aim for his 12th title at this tournament, two other top-10 tennis players such as the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (finalist in 2018) and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman have confirmed their participation on the courts of the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899.
The event, held at the Palauet Albéniz in Barcelona, had the participation of the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau; together with the Chairman of Banc Sabadell, Josep Oliu; Javier Godó, count of Godó; the president of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona, Jordi Cambra; the sports director of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, David Ferrer; and Dr Antoni Trilla, head of the preventive medicine and epidemiology service at Hospital Clínic.
David Ferrer has announced the long-awaited list of 48 tennis players (without the five ‘wild cards’ yet to be announced) who will participate in Barcelona. Very excited to be able to make his debut as sports director of the tournament after the cancellation of last year’s edition due to the pandemic, he has highlighted the participation of Rafa Nadal as a symbol of this tournament and as a great reference in Spanish tennis. He has also highlighted the presence of young promises who will star in the tennis of the future such as Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger or Denis Shapovalov. They are all very promising tennis players who are called to lead the ATP circuit for years to come. In addition, Ferrer has highlighted the high level of participation this year so complicated by the impact of the pandemic, where 11 players from the top-20 will come together and the cut to enter the main draw has been set in the number 64 of the ranking. This with the fifth ‘wild card’ invitations that the tournament has yet to assign and that will be announced shortly.
The act has served to show the will of the tournament to continue despite the consequences of the pandemic caused by Covid-19. The Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell is a tennis tournament that is much more than a sporting event. In this year’s edition, Manolo Santana will receive a heartfelt tribute for his victory in Barcelona 50 years ago and the number 1 court will be named after him throughout the tournament.
In addition, the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell presents another novelty of great significance that will encourage even more the intense activity of the tournament, the Goody mascot. This is a creation of the prestigious artist Philipp Stanton that will become one of the symbols of the tournament with his fun and sympathetic shape. Goody is a dragon inspired by the famous work of Antoni Gaudí that transmits the values of the city of Barcelona and includes the concepts of sport, health, ‘fair play’ and tennis effort. The mascot will be very active during the tournament and will be present both on and off the courts. He will also have a prominent role in the digital environment of the tournament, where he will star in numerous actions that we will discover.