Rafael Nadal has come out battered from the last Australian Open (in general from the Australian campaign) and has not played a single 15 since the defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Spaniard has in fact avoided participating in tournaments on concrete before the season on European clay. The Manacor native has confirmed that, unless physical problems recur along the way, he will participate in four tournaments between April and May on clay. The tournaments in question are: Monte Carlo (master1000), Barcelona (Atp500), Madrid (master1000) and Rome (master1000). All four tournaments can be called “home” for Nadal, who has raised the trophy very often at the end of each of these. The European campaign will start from 11 to 18 April in Monte Carlo. Then it will move to Barcelona (April 19-25) and Madrid (May 2-9). The last stop before Paris will be Rome, from 9 to 16 May, where Rafa hopes to return to success after last year’s debacle. Nadal hopes to present himself in splendid form to defend the thirteenth success obtained in the autumn on the French red clay of Suzanne Lenglen. The second slam of the year will take place from 23 May to 6 June. Some of Roland Garros’ professional photographers over the years were featured by the tournament recently, where they talked about capturing the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the terre-battue.
Corrine Dubreil on Rafael Nadal
Corrine Dubreil was one of those who had the opportunity to take Rafael Nadal’s pictures from the trench pit at the back of Court Philippe Chatrier in 2010. That was when the Spaniard won his fifth title in the French capital, beating Robin Soderling. The photographer claimed everything was in its right place that day, as Rafael Nadal exacted his revenge on Robin Soderling – who had defeated the Spaniard in the 2009 fourth round. “There are various different elements that must come together in order to get ‘the’ photo,” Dubreil said. “On that day, it all came together perfectly! The right side for the final victory, the perfect angle, and Rafa lying right in front of me. His position is incredible! It was his fifth title in Paris and he got revenge on Soderling. It’s one of my favorite Rafa victories at Roland-Garros.” The clay-court season is approaching soon and fans can’t simply ignore Rafael Nadal while talking about clay. Even though the Spaniard didn’t play at the Miami Open 2021 due to an injury, he will surely be making a comeback soon on the court.