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Set to take place during October, the 6 Kings Slam is the latest Saudi Arabia foray into tennis and will see Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal headline an exhibition tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with a mind-blowing amount of prize money compared to the normal tour.

Just for appearing alone over the course of the few days, players will receive $1.5million. It also includes Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, Daniil Medvedev and Holger Rune as the other top names involved, all but the Dane are former or current Grand Slam champions.

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The winner will receive $6 million as per The Telegraph. It is the next sign of intent from Saudi Arabia who have made big moves in boxing as of late staging some of the biggest fights on bumper cards putting promotional differences aside. This tournament is ran by the same entity and will be part of the so called Riyadh Season after Djokovic and Alcaraz faced off in an exhibition also last Christmas in the Kingdom.

Nadal also recently signed as an ambassador for the Saudi Tennis Federation and is all set to establish a new Rafa Nadal Academy in the country. They will also be hosting the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah until 2027. Further murmurings also consider the WTA Finals likely to head there despite strong protests from tennis legends in Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. As well as other figures wondering how it will work with laws surrounding women and even homosexuality if Daria Kasatkina for instance qualifies.

But it will also affect the men in this case for this tournament with the Shanghai Masters likely to have at least a few of its top names not play. With dates not confirmed, it could also see the Paris Masters have the same issue.



There is no denying that Rafael Nadal has etched his position in the tennis realm as one of the ‘GOATs.’

On top of adding a remarkable 22 singles Grand Slam titles to his enviable trophy haul, the Spanish tennis star has also reached the number-one ranking on the ATP Tour. However, the 37-year-old player’s phenomenal legacy in the racket game isn’t the fruit of his labor alone.

Toiling behind the ‘King of the Clay’ have been some great coaches and hitting partners, one of whom recently hailed Nadal for his ‘200% intensity’ on the court. While talking about his experience in an interview with EssentiallySports working with Nadal as his hitting partner, Thomas Drouet recently opened up about how he learned a lot of things from the former world No. 1 player.

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Thomas Drouet has been associated with some of the big names in the tennis community, including Rafael Nadal, as a hitting partner on multiple occasions. Notably, in an exclusive interview with EssentiallySports, the former tennis player was recently questioned, “Yeah, so as I was asking you, that somewhere in your career, you were also associated with Nadal as a hitting partner on multiple occasions. I mean, how was that experience?”

In his honest response, Drouet said, “It’s okay. To be honest, that’s the only player who put my heart rate here on line. And it was impressive to play with him. Usually I was doing two weeks hitting partner with him. And after when I was going to play tournaments, I was like, wow, it’s so easy. I was improving so much. But really I learned so many things in terms of discipline, how he was giving 200%.”

While asserting that he learned a lot of things from Nadal in terms of discipline, Drouet also brought to light what makes the ATP superstar ‘special.’ He stated, “We were playing three hours and for three hours, it was 200% in terms of fitness, technique, but also focus. So I was like, wow. So this is what you need to become this special because they are special. And I kept this in my mind and I use it in my training coaching also. That’s what I put in my players, that daily discipline.”

What do you think of the Spanish tennis legend’s ‘200% intensity’ on the court? Let us know in the comments section.


Underrated prodigy because he was in same era as Rafael Nadal” – Fans awed by Novak Djokovic remaining youngest player to reach all 4 Grand Slam SFs

Novak Djokovic holding on to the record of being the youngest male in the Open Era to have reached the semifinals in all four Grand Slam tournaments has left tennis fans thoroughly impressed.

Djokovic reached his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the 2007 French Open. He followed that up with a semifinal exit at the Wimbledon Championships and a runner-up finish at the US Open that same year.

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Novak Djokovic holding on to the record of being the youngest male in the Open Era to have reached the semifinals in all four Grand Slam tournaments has left tennis fans thoroughly impressed.

Djokovic reached his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the 2007 French Open. He followed that up with a semifinal exit at the Wimbledon Championships and a runner-up finish at the US Open that same year.

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The Serb then reached the semifinals of the 2008 Australian Open, beating two-time defending champion Roger Federer before triumphing over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In doing so, he not only clinched his maiden Major title but also became the only male player to reach all four Grand Slam semifinals before turning 21.

Carlos Alcaraz had the opportunity to match Djokovic’s feat at the ongoing Australian Open. However, Alexander Zverev thwarted Alcaraz’s chances, claiming a 6-1, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4 win over the 20-year-old in the quarterfinals. As a result, the 24-time Grand Slam champion remains the only male player to achieve this feat before the age of 21.

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Tennis fans expressed their admiration for Novak Djokovic’s enduring record, with several of them claiming that the World No. 1’s early accomplishments were often overlooked because of his arch-rival Rafael Nadal’s extraordinary achievements as a teenager.

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He was an underrated prodigy because he was in the same era as Nadal. Similar issue for Murray and many others,” a fan wrote.

Novak Djokovic will continue his title defense against Jannik Sinner in the semifinals of the 2024 Australian Open. Sinner claimed a dominant 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Andrey Rublev to book his place against the World No. 1.

Djokovic leads 4-2 in his head-to-head against the Italian. However, Sinner triumphed in two of their three most recent encounters, defeating the 24-time Grand Slam champions in the group stage of the 2023 ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals. Meanwhile, the Serb triumphed over the 22-year-old in the ATP Finals final last year.

After defeating Carlos Alcaraz, Alexander Zverev will square off against Daniil Medvedev for a place in the Australian Open final. Medvedev enjoys an 11-7 lead in his head-to-head record against Zverev.

“Rafael Nadal was a hard worker and Roger Federer was pure talent, but Novak Djokovic had everything” – Andreea Prisacariu

Romanian tennis player Andreea Prisacariu recently stated that Novak Djokovic possesses the abilities of both his rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Prisacariu is the World No. 322 in singles and World No. 394 in doubles. She has won five singles titles and eight doubles titles on the ITF circuit to date.

During a recent episode of the Novak Weekly Podcast, Prisacariu revealed that she has been following Djokovic since her childhood. She also said the Serb has the elegance of Federer as well as the hard-working nature of Nadal.

“It was always him [Djokovic] since I was a little child and it was also him when he was No. 3 in the world you know, after the big guys in that time. Only because he was having the elegance of Federer and hard work of Nadal combined. So I think he had both sides. Because Nadal was a hard worker and Federer was pure talent, but Novak had everything,” she said.

roger federer The 23-year-old added that she became a fan of the World No. 1 because she could relate to his attitude and mannerisms.

“I also saw myself in that as a person because I never could be just one thing. So, when I saw another human being who’s successful and free in the way he speaks and the way he does things… I said ‘Ok, this could be my role model for sure’,” Prisacariu said.

The Romanian said she came out of the tough moments in her personal and professional life by learning from the Serb.

“You know, in my imagination, when times were tough on court or even in real life, I was listening to him, the way he was speaking in interviews or the way he was playing. Because I wanted to be on the right path also mentally and also in my tennis life,” she added.

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Andreea Prisacariu also recalled that it was after Novak Djokovic’s loss against Roger Federer in a final that she started believing that the Belgrade native would go on to break records in tennis.

“He lost a final against Federer, I can not remember the year but it was super heartbreaking to see him cry and the way he was tearing up oh my god. But you know in that moment I was like he will come back from this and he will beat all records,” she stated.
Prisacariu added that in that particular moment, she sensed that Djokovic was willing to put everything on the line to be the best tennis player.
“It’s the answer what he’ll realize in the whole sport and that day for me in my head changed everything. I saw it in his eyes that he was ready to risk everything to be the best. He did that and look where he is now… 24 [Grand Slam titles] and still counting,” she added.
The Serb recently helped his national team advance to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup Final, where they will face Great Britain.

Nadal’s absence from the 2023 US Open marks the first time he has missed the tournament since 2016

Rafael Nadal, a tennis legend who boasts an impressive record of 22 Grand Slam titles and has previously held the top spot in the global rankings, is notably absent from the 2023 US Open. His decision to skip the tournament is a result of a hip injury he sustained earlier this year during the Australian Open. This absence is keenly felt, especially considering Nadal’s four-time champion status at the US Open.

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The 2023 tennis season has been challenging for Nadal due to his recurring hip injury, which first emerged in 2018 and required two surgeries. This persistent issue resurfaced at the Australian Open, leading to an early exit in the second round.

Rafael Nadal Consequently, the question of “Is Rafael Nadal playing in the US Open?” became a pressing concern. Unfortunately, his medical team has recommended an extended break from the sport, raising doubts about his return in 2024 and even suggesting the possibility of retirement.

Comparison with previous years

Nadal’s remarkable streak of participating in the US Open dates back to 2005, during which he clinched the title four times. In 2022, he competed as the second seed but fell short in the semi-finals against Novak Djokovic. His absence in 2023 marks the first time he has missed the tournament since 2016, and combined with other player absences, this year’s event promises a level of unpredictability.


Rafael Nadal is one of the world’s most famous athletes. The 37 year old tennis player has won 22 Grand Slams, following Novak Djokovic as the second player in the world to win the most titles. He was born in Manacor, Spain, and comes from a family that encouraged his passions from an early age.

His uncle was his coach

Despite playing tennis from a young age, no one in Nadal’s direct family was a tennis player. His father, Sebastian, is a succesful businessman in Spain, with his brothers Toni and Miguel Angel also being a part of his business.

Toni was one of Nadal’s coaches and played a pivotal role in his future success. “I think I’ve always listened a lot – to all the people and, for sure, my uncle too. Sometimes I cannot agree with a few things, but if he told me something on the practice court, even if I do not agree I will do it,” said Nadal to The Independent. “Inside you might not agree, but it’s probably easier to watch what’s going on from the outside.”

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Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia in their ATP quarterfinal match at the Indian Wells tennis tournament on March 17, 2022 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

There are athletes in his family

Nadal’s uncle, Miguel Angel, was a soccer player who played for various Spanish teams, including Barcelona F.C. He played in three World Cups and retired at the age of 39.

His parents separated in 2009

Nadal’s parents, Sebastian and Ana Maria, split up in 2009. The break up affected Nadal deeply. “They were the mainstay of my life and that pillar had crumbled. I was depressed, I lacked enthusiasm. I had lost all love for life,” he wrote in his memoir, “Rafa: My Story.

They reconciled in the year 2011.

Nadal married Mery Perello in 2019

Nadal and Mery Perello married in 2019, but had been dating for the past 14 years. Despite their long romance, Nadal has alway chosen to keep his life private and away from the spotlight. “I’m already exposed enough in my professional life,” he said in a press conference. “My loved ones and I like to live with a low profile.”

Rafael Nadal’s recovery from injury is going “great so far” but it is too early to put a timeline on when he will return to action, says compatriot and friend Feliciano Lopez. The 22-time Grand Slam winner has not played since his second-round exit at the Australian Open in January and has since undergone arthroscopic hip surgery.      Nadal, 37, announced in May that he expects 2024 to be his farewell tour where he wants to “try to enjoy and say goodbye to all the tournaments that have been important to me.”

Lopez, the former world No 12, spoke to Nadal in Mallorca at the end of June and revealed his health was in good order following his surgery.

“He was looking great,” Lopez told a group of assembled media including The Independent. “It was only a few weeks after the surgery and he was looking great, working perfectly, feeling healthy and everything is going great so far.

“First of all, he needs to finish his rehab… but by the end of the year, I think he’s going to be fully recovered.” However, Lopez insists it was not practical to pinpoint a date for his return just yet.

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Nadal has ruled out competing on the tour again in 2023, which makes the Australian Open in January the first feasible opportunity for a return to competitive action.

“It’s very early to make a realistic plan of where he is going to play,” Lopez added.

“Maybe Australia is too early? Maybe he doesn’t want to play in Australia because he wants to focus only on the clay season?

“It’s impossible to make a prediction because he’s the one who is able to surprise everyone, even in difficult situations. I hope he recovers 100% and then he will decide if he goes just for the clay, which is probably more reasonable now, or if he goes for the full calendar.”Rafael Nadal

Lopez also mooted that the Paris Olympics next summer – held on the clay of Roland Garros – is a target for the 14-time French Open champion.

“The Olympic Games next summer, in Roland Garros, is another hypothetical tournament that he’s willing to play,” Lopez says.

“But it’s very difficult to predict at the moment because the most important thing for him is to be fully recovered… but for all tennis fans around the world, I think they’re going to have another opportunity to see Rafa.

“Where and when? This I don’t know yet, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to be competing next year.”

Speaking in May about his motivation to return to competitive action one last time, Nadal said: “I don’t think I deserve to end like this. I’ve worked hard enough throughout my career for my end not to be in a press conference.”

Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal could become the next Real Madrid CF president, according to the latest reports from Spain.

Even though he was born in Mallorca where he often still resides, Rafael Nadal has been open about being a fan of Real Madrid, even attending matches on the regular at their home stadium.

Recently, rumors about current Real Madrid president Florentino Perez leaving his post began circulating, and it was soon reported that the 22-time tennis Grand Slam champion might be his successor.


The Spanish club denied the rumors about Perez leaving, but despite that, Mundo Deportivo reported that Perez’s plan is to leave Madrid after the remodeling of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium was completed.

After the work on the stadium is finished, the 15th president of Real Madrid will carefully look for the best candidate to replace him.

Mundo Deportivo, while reporting about Perez’s decision to leave, wasn’t the one to claim Rafael Nadal might replace him, but instead, it was another Spanish outlet, Sport.

According to the report, the idea is to put together a new presidential structure for when Perez steps aside, with the new president being a person “with more representative character than executive.”

Sport reports that Perez’s dream is to put Nadal in the presidential chair, but also that if that doesn’t come to fruition, Emilio Butragueno, current director of institutional relations of the club, appears as a great favorite for the ‘white throne.’

It is possible that both Nadal and Butragueno will take over Real Madrid CF, as the tennis great would have “a more honorary position” instead of dedicating himself so much to executive work, which Butragueno could take over.


Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic recently compared the ATP Tour as it is now to what it was in the past decades when the Big-3 of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer were constantly dominating

The trio has dominated tennis over the past two decades as they have won 65 Grand Slams between them, with Djokovic leading the way with 23. They have also ruled the roost when it comes to the Masters 1000 series titles as well as the World No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings.

The 32-year-old from Podgorica thinks that the Big 3 changed the way tennis is viewed by fans, saying:


Rafael Nadal and his wife, Mery “Xisxa” Perelló, welcomed their first child together in October 2022

Rafael Nadal is a father to one baby boy.

The tennis star — who holds 22 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, including a record 14 French Open titles — shares his first and only child with his wife, Mery “Xisxa” Perelló. The couple welcomed him in October 2022 in the town where they reside in Spain.

Nadal first revealed that he and his wife would be expanding their family during a press conference in Palma de Mallorca in June 2022. “If all goes well, I’m going to be a father,” he said at the time.


The Spanish tennis pro said he kept the pregnancy news under wraps for as long as he did, because he prefers to keep details on his personal life private. But he did share a few details at the time about what might lie ahead for him as a parent and athlete.

“I don’t know what will change in my life because I don’t have experience, but I don’t think it will change my professional life,” he said of becoming a father.

Nadal and his wife wed in October 2019 after dating for 14 years. In a rare glimpse into his home life in 2017, Nadal discussed wanting to expand his family.


“I would love to have children: boys, girls… I’m a person who loves kids and I’m a family guy. But also I tell you that the reality is, the years keep passing, I would like to start to do all of this when my sporting life determines it,” he told The Sun. “I think it’s also above all about looking after the kids. I don’t know if it [traveling] throughout the year and having children] is ideal.”

He was born in October 2022

Nadal and Perelló welcomed a baby boy, their first child together, on Oct. 8, 2022. According to APand Spanish media reports, he was born in a clinic on Mallorca, an island in Spain where the couple lives.

On Oct. 13, Nadal shared an update with his followers on Twitter about how he and his family are doing following the birth of his son.

“Hello everyone. After a few days and many messages of love, I just wanted to thank you all!” he wrote in Spanish. “We are very happy and all very well! A big hug.”

Nadal and Perelló did not publicly share the name of their son, however, several outlets including CNN have reported it to be Rafael Nadal Perelló.

He was born two weeks after one of Nadal’s most memorable matches


The arrival of their baby boy came two weeks after Nadal’s emotional final match with friend and rival Roger Federer, who at 41 capped off his career in a doubles match alongside Nadal for Team Europe in the Laver Cup in London in September 2022.

Facing off against Team World’s Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock at the O2, Nadal and the new retiree fell short 4-6, 7-6 (2), 11-9, as ESPN reported. But it was the outpouring of love for Federer that made it a memorable night and the end to what Federer called “a perfect journey.”


He travels with Nadal to tennis matches

Nadal has been spotted out and about with his little one while traveling to different locations for his tournaments.

In January 2023, the tennis player was seen pushing a baby stroller in the airport as he left the Australian Open. He was also photographed holding his child as he and his wife went sightseeing in Sydney Harbor.


He’s kept out of the public eye

Despite his rare sightings alongside his famous father, Nadal chooses to keep his baby’s personal life private. Even before his son was born, the tennis star explained to reporters why he kept his wife’s pregnancy under wraps for a while before announcing the exciting news.

“I’m already exposed enough in my professional life,” the famed tennis player said at the time. “My loved ones and I like to live with a low profile.”