Rafa Nadal faces the most atypical dirt tour in history. The Balearic tennis player defends titles in Rome and Paris, where he arrives as a favorite but without filming on the circuit. Change of date, without an audience in the stands – reduced in Paris – and with only two appointments on the calendar. He is already at the Foro Italico, where he will debut during the week and fight for his tenth crown on Roman clay.

It has been done to beg, but it is already here. The land tour is a reality. It will be the most atypical in history, with just two stops marked but that will taste glorious to tennis players and fans who have been waiting for this moment. A crucial date in Rafa Nadal’s career and to which he arrives with the handicap of several months of inactivity.

Last February 29 was the last time we saw Nadal in action, the day on which conquered the title in Acapulco. Then came the break and his subsequent decision not to participate in the North American tour, putting his preparation for the gravel season, which arrives this week in Rome. The Balearic has been training and preparing for days reappear on the circuit more than half a year later.

Their nine crowns in Rome and twelve in Paris they make him the undisputed favorite, although tennis players like Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic always pose a serious threat, especially on this surface. Without the previous filming of other years in Monte Carlo, Barcelona or Madrid and with the addition of playing games with less light -Roland Garros will have a retractable roof and artificial light-, the Balearic Islands will try to adapt to the new conditions and show that he is still king. from the earth.