PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal Supports Team Europe Teammates | Laver Cup Day 1

Day One matches were entertaining and tense, but so too was the support players received from their teammates on the bench.

Match 1: Cilic def. Tiafoe 7-6(3), 7-6(1)

Match 2: Thiem def. Isner 6-7(15-17), 7-6(2), 1-0(10-7)

Match 3: A. Zverev vs Shapovalov – in progress

Here are some photos of Rafa.

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PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Tommy Haas in exhibition match ahead of Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal stepped up his preparations for Wimbledon by beating Tommy Haas 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 on Friday afternoon at the Aspall Tennis Classic exhibition event at the Hurlingham Club.

The sets were split between the two players and Rafa won the super tiebreak decider.

Today’s match was another good opportunity for our champ to polish his grass court game and get acclimated to the surface and weather.

Hurlingham 2017: Rafael Nadal loses to Tomas Berdych in exhibition match [PHOTOS]

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal lost his first match on grass this season at Hurlingham Club to Tomas Berdych with a 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.

The match lasted 59 minutes, but despite loss we all hope our champ will use all the time he needs to get used on grass before his first match at the All England Club.

Our champ is now going to face Tommy Haas on Friday.

 

Rafael Nadal to prepare for Wimbledon with two exhibition matches

Rafael Nadal is to warm up for Wimbledon with two exhibition matches at the Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham. The event runs from Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th June 2017 and is the perfect warm-up to Wimbledon.

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Other ATP players included in the line-up are World No. 1 Andy Murray, World No. 6 Milos Raonic, World No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, World No 14 Tomas Berdych, World No. 17 Lucas Pouille and World No. 252 Tommy Haas.

Joining them will be some of the sport’s favourite legends – former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski, two-time grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, former World No. 4 Thomas Enqvist, 1986 French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors and Mansour Bahrami.

UPDATED: Rafa will play two singles matches across the week; taking on Tomas Berdych on Wednesday 28th June and then Tommy Haas on Friday 30th June in his preparations for a third Wimbledon title.  His last appearance at The Hurlingham Club was in 2014.

Rafa:

The Aspall Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham Club is a lot of fun and it’s always exciting to play in front of the UK fans, so I can’t wait to return this week. I’m working hard and enjoying every week as it comes, so this is the perfect way to get ready for Wimbledon.

Despite loss, Rafael Nadal enjoys exhibition in Sydney

Earlier today, Rafael Nadal took part in a FAST 4 Tennis exhibition.

Since Kei Nishikori was forced to pull out due to a hip injury, Dominic Thiem replaced him and played with Rafa for the ‘World’ team against Team Australia – Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.

First on the court in Sydney’s new International Convention Centre were Rafa and Nick. After splitting the first four sets, they faced off in a tiebreak to decide the match. The young Aussie won it (4-3 2-4 4-3 4-3).

Bernard also won the fifth set in his match against Dominic and secured Australia a 2-0 victory in the Australia v World Fast4 contest.

 

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a good match. I enjoyed it. Very happy to be back here in Sydney again. FAST4 is good promotion for our sport here in a very important country – country with a big tradition in the sport of tennis. Very excited to see the full crowd like this in an amazing theatre.

Rafa is expected to head straight to Melbourne for the year’s opening Grand Slam.

Source: Tennis Australia

Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori pose with wombat in Sydney

Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori have spent time getting to know a wombat ahead of the Fast4 tennis exhibition in Sydney on Monday.