Tennis fans in Peru are unable to contain their excitement ever since they got to know that Rafael Nadal is visiting their country in November this year. The Spanish tennis player, winner of 12 Grand Slam is visiting Lima to play an exhibition match at the Jockey Club of Lima in Monterrico on 17th November.
And what more it is going to be a historic year for many Peruvians. Well if we recall, in 2008, when Spanish team visited Lima for Davis Cup, it made only with Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco, Tommy Robredo and Nicolas Almagro while Nadal could not join at that time. Also, in the past, Peru encountered tennis heroes like Nalbandian, Roddick and Courier in the best of their career.
This time it is going to be Rafael Nadal v/s David Ferrer on a clay field and fortunately both of them are in the prime time of their career with number four and three ATP rankings respectively. But Peru is not going to be the only Latin American destination where Nadal visits later this year. After playing in Lima, the eight-time French Open winner, Nadal will fly to Buenos Aires for other exhibition matches.
The organizer of the event, Alejandro Gonzales, general manager of Kandavu Productions said that they are aiming at the audience size of ten thousand people. Though the ticket prices have not yet been finalized, the management is going to keep tickets for all budgets ranging from affordable ones to private boxes.
I was surprised to hear that before the game between the Spanish duos, there is going to be a face-off between Peruvian and Spanish players. The idea is to play a double game with Nadal and Ferrer partnering with the domestic players. And the selection of the players for the purpose is yet to start.