The Board of Directors of the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) has unanimously approved the creation of the “National Tennis Day” on June 3, coinciding with the date of Rafael Nadal’s birthday. The proposal will be outlined throughout these months, but the idea is to create a great movement of Spanish Tennis that brings together the main actors in a day of massive participation. It is about all the clubs (more than 1,500 in Spain), the Territorial Federations and the fans from all over Spain celebrate Tennis with different activities: social tournaments (mixed, male, female, children, veterans, etc.), Master classes , chair tennis, beach tennis, exhibitions, etc. The idea came up in a broadcast on Eurosport (a chain that offers several RFET Challengers and ITF Women Tour tournaments) during the Roland Garros match between Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet, held on June 3, the birthday of the Manacor tennis player. . The match was being commented on by Álvaro Benito and Alex Corretja, when a spectator, specifically Jorge Mir Mayor, Director of the Real Club Jolaseta Tennis Schools, proposed through his twitter account (@jorgemirmayor) to create the National Tennis Day the same day of the birthday of the most important Spanish tennis player of all time. The idea spread like wildfire on social media and yesterday the RFET Board of Directors decided to support the proposal. Miguel Díaz Román, President of the RFET, supported the initiative from the beginning. “I was listening to the Eurosport comments about Nadal’s game and I immediately understood that the idea was magnificent. Spanish tennis has a lot to celebrate. We have the most outstanding Spanish athlete of all time, we are current Davis Cup champions and we are in the finals of the Billie Jean King Cup. I think, as I say, that we have a lot to celebrate,” said Miguel Díaz. From now on, the RFET begins to work on this proposal for the first edition on June 3, 2022.
Andrey Rublev opens up on Wimbledon
Andrey Rublev, who has never been beyond the Wimbledon second round, responded by pointing out that Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal from the grasscourt Major would help – as it would guarantee him a higher seeding. “Of course, for the players like me, with Rafael Nadal not playing, it is a big advantage as I am going to be a higher seed now,” Andrey Rublev said. “There are so many guys that are really tough to play on grass,” Rublev added. “For example, imagine having Struff in the first round of Wimbledon or Nick Kyrigos. On grass, it is so tough to play players who serve well so who knows. I have adapted to the grass, but there are so many things I can still improve. For example, with the slice, the volley, and moving better,” Rublev said. “Also, defending on grass, because it is different, you can’t defend with high balls like on clay, so I think I am still far away. If you play aggressive, this helps you a lot on grass, so I think my game for this surface is okay,” Rublev said. “Philipp Kohlschreiber is good on this surface, so this match has given me confidence.”