Rafael Nadal's cousin Joan Nadal gets qualifying WC for upcoming grass tournament

Joan Nadal, 20, set to play in an ATP qualifying for the first time in his career.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Rafael Nadal's cousin Joan Nadal gets qualifying WC for upcoming grass tournament
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Toni Nadal's son and Rafael Nadal's cousin, Joan Nadal, has received a main draw wildcard to play in the qualifying of an ATP 250 tournament in Mallorca where his father is the tournament director, via Michal Samulski.

Joan Nadal, who is 20 years old, is set to take part in a main-level tournament for the first time in his career as never before he featured in qualifying or a main draw of an ATP tournament. 

So far this year, Joan Nadal - ranked 1890 in the world - has been playing only on the ITF level - where he several times didn't even make it past the qualifying event. But on the ITF level, Joan Nadal got a chance to play a well-known as last month he played against former world No. 24 Martin Klizan in the ITF Valldoreix qualifying second round. Klizan, who recently returned to tennis, crushed Joan Nadal with a 6-0 6-1 scoreline before winning the tournament as a qualifier.

Overall, Joan Nadal has a 3-10 record in 2024 going into Mallorca, where qualifying starts on June 21st.

Since Mallorca's qualifying event will very likely feature several top-100 players, Joan Nadal will probably get a chance to play against a current top-100 player for the first time in his career but that also makes his chances of reaching the main draw extremely difficult.

Joan Nadal won't be joined by his cousin Rafael in Mallorca 

After suffering a first-round loss to Alexander Zverev in the French Open first round, Rafael Nadal indicated that he would not play during the grass season because he didn't it would be to smart to now go to grass and then return to clay for the Paris Olympics.

“But I don’t think it’s going to be smart after all the things that happened to my body to make a big transition to a completely different surface and then come back immediately to clay. Today I feel that’s not a good idea," Nadal said.

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Rafael Nadal may not play in Mallorca this year but local fans will still have a chance to see a Nadal in action after Joan was granted a qualifying wildcard.

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