Endless Feliciano despite the defeat

He knows every corner of the RCTB. It is his club and he has played the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell so many times, specifically 21 times, that it is difficult to imagine an edition of the tournament without his participation. Because, although he has accused a lack of matches and of competition, Feliciano López has jumped back onto the Rafa Nadal court to prove that age is not an issue with professionalism. And that he has tried. To play. Win. Give back to the public the affection that they give him every time he hits the ball.

The match from which he was eliminated ended rapidly, in just 57 minutes (6-0 and 6-1 against the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori), but the tennis player from Toledo still has the doubles competition left, in which he will participate together to his faithful friend Marc López and thanks to a wildcard from the organization of the tournament. It will be a special competition because with Marc he lifted the trophy in 2018, a partner who has decided that 2022 will be his last tournament on the Barcelona clay.

There were no excuses after ending his participation in the main draw. In his post-macth press conference, Feliciano López assured, in any case, that he is going to continue playing for the time being. At least give it a try, or more like always. That there is no foreseen end. A decision appreciated by the best fans. And the whole world of tennis.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – APRIL 20: Feliciano Lopez of Spain. ATP Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 20, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images)