In Spain Rafael Nadal is of course the player who attracts the most in terms of media and fans. Thanks to him tennis has become even more popular in the country, especially on the grounds of the most important events. ATP 500 of Barcelona knows something about it, as the Central Court is always packed in the final rounds.
Also this year Rafa, who is a nine time winner, will play "Conde de Godò' event which will take place from 24 to 30 April. During the presentation of the tournament Albert Agustí, 'Real de Tenis de Barcelona' club chief, spoke about the "Nadal effect.
'I thank him for the effort he makes playing the event. The number of tickets sold is directly proportional to the Rafa's results'. 'In 2014 when he was beaten in the quarterfinals by Nicolas Almagro, some people asked for a refund.
What will happen after that he retires? The tournament is in a good situation, has an important history. Our Hopes are on the Spaniards. Our goal is to keep being one of the best tournaments of our category. But if there will be changes to raise, we will be ready to take advantage of them', he said about the option to become a Masters 1000 event.
'Before 2019 it won't happen anything. But tennis is working to make changes by that year, both in terms or rules and categories too, without forgetting the points distribution', said Agustì. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: 'Playing even more hard-courts events is the worst thing for the body'