Carloa Alcaraz, back home and player representative for the Main Draw Ceremony
In addition to all the achievements that he is obtaining brilliantly, Carlos Alcaraz today was the player representative at the main draw ceremony. His first round opponent will be Frances Tiafoe. The Murcian tennis player, who returns to Barcelona to play in his club, has a tough battle ahead, since the American holds an ATP 250 title and made it to the 29th position in the ranking. The great favourite for the title, Rafa Nadal, will make his debut on the court that bears his name, but the name of his rival remains unknown. Tsitsipas, second seed of the tournament, will debut against the winner of the match between Jaume Munar and Thiago Monteiro. Schwartzman, fourth seed of the event, will precisely face the winner of the match between Alcaraz and Tiafoe.
Accompanied by the tournament director, David Ferrer and the ATP supervisor Carlos Sanches, Carlos Alcaraz drew very attractive pairings for the best tennis fans such as Guido Pella against two-time champion Kei Nishikori or Gilles Simon against Pablo Andújar, finalist of the tournament in 2015. Roberto Bautista, fifth seed of the tournament, will make his debut at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona against the winner of the match between the French tennis player and the Spaniard.
In addition to Rafa Nadal, others from the Top 20 who compete in the current Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell will have to bring out their best tennis to stop rivals who could put them in danger. Shapovalov will make his debut against the winner of the match between Chardy and Basilashvili while the winner of Gasquet-Thompson will be the first rival of Pablo Carreño, recent winner in Marbella. Feliciano López, the most veteran tennis player making his 20th appearance of the tournament and player of the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, will meet the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti. 20 years of age separate them.
Once the draw was drawn and the predictions are fulfilled, the spectators could enjoy a quarter-final that would be played by Nadal against Goffin, Carreño against Schwartzman, Bautista against Rublev and Shapovalov against Tsitsipas, eight authentic clay-court gladiators who demonstrate the value of participants in this year’s edition of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell.