A farewell tour and a battle of number ones: the stage is set for an amazing week of exhibitions that will take place in Argentina and Chile, starting today with the arrival of the current World n°1, Rafael Nadal, who was in Peru last weekend for an exhibition match against his friend (and World n°3) David Ferrer.
Changes of schedule
There has been a couple of schedule changes in Nadal’s arrival time since Saturday’s announcement. The last change is the official one, as the private flight that is to bring the Spaniard in Argentina was delayed.
Rafa will finally arrive at the San Fernando Airport at 15:30 local time (13:30 ET) and will then meet the fans. We can expect the welcome that he will receive there to be as warm as the one he had in Peru.
The flight delay also changes the time of the press conference Nadal is to give at the Marriott Hotel of Florida St. later on, which has been moved from yesterday’s 15:30 local time announcement to the now official 19:30 local time (17:30 ET).
David Nalbandian’s farewell tour
The exhibition matches between Nadal and David Nalbandian have been announced for months, long before the Argentine’s retirement announcement, on the 1st of October.
The first of those exhibition matches, which have now become a small farewell tour (if we can call them thus), will take place this Thursday, 21 November, in Córdoba, where Nalbandian is from.
Then, on Saturday 23 November, the last match will be played at La Rural, in Buenos Aires, in a stadium with a capacity of 15,000 people, which should be packed to the rafters.
The only change that was brought to these friendly encounters is that Saturday’s match will be followed by a friendly doubles match that will feature, on top of Nadal and Nalbandian, Novak Djokovic and Juan Mónaco. A very palatable lineup.
The battles of the number ones
As part of Rafael Nadal’s exhibition tour in South America, there has been the match opposing him to David Ferrer in Lima, Peru, on Sunday, and the two with Nalbandian, but there will also be two special matches between him and Novak Djokovic.
The first one will be part of another farewell exhibition match, that of Nicolás Massú. The new Chilean Davis Cup captain will, for the occasion, square off with David Nalbandian.
This stellar tennis night, which will be held on 20 November at the Movistar Arena (Santiago, Chile) will be played, like all the week’s exhibitions, on hard, and will conclude with a doubles match featuring all four players, for which the teams are still to be determined.
The tour will conclude on Sunday, 24 November, with another Nadal vs Djokovic encounter, this time at La Rural, in Buenos Aires.
BATennis on location
As always with events of importance in Argentina, BATennis will be present to offer coverage not only of the all the exhibition matches taking place in Buenos Aires and Córdoba, but of everything surrounding them.
From Rafael Nadal’s arrival to the last ball of his match against Novak Djokovic on Sunday, the team will be there to provide you with everything you need to make you live this week just as if you were present.
After all, it is not every day that Argentina receives guests of such importance! (Last time was a year ago with the visit of a certain Roger Federer.)
We hope to see you there!
(Original photos: Getty Images; Montage: BATennis World)