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Nadal won’t defend Acapulco title, as Latin America tour ends

Updated: Dec 25, 2022


The 22-time Slam winner has won the tournament in Acapulco four times. But he said he

won’t be there in 2023, as he seeks to ease his schedule.


Rafael Nadal won’t defend his Acapulco title next year.


Indeed, Nadal has admitted that he has probably played his last match in Mexico.


The 22-time Grand Slam winner is a four-time Mexican Open winner. He won this year’s

tournament after beating British No 1 Cameron Norrie in the final.


However, he confirmed during the final leg of his Latin American exhibition tour that he

won’t return to Acapulco in 2023.


Nadal and Casper Ruud featured in five clashes in Latin America over the past two weeks.


Mexico City was the location for the last stop on the tour. The pair played in front of a

packed crowd of 40,000. The Plaza Mexico is normally reserved for bullfighting. But the

world’s largest bullring was transformed into a tennis stadium for the occasion.


Nadal beat Ruud 7-6 6-4, meaning he won four out of the five clashes across the continent.

Thursday’s event also featured a mixed doubles clash. Canadian Leylah Fernandez paired up

with American Jack Sock. The two played Mexican duo Santiago Gonzalez and Renata

Zarazua.

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