Rogers Cup chief recalls when Rafael Nadal stayed with him in a corner


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Rogers Cup chief recalls when Rafael Nadal stayed with him in a corner

In an interview to Le Journee de Montreal, the Rogers Cup Tournament Director Eugene Lapierre spoke about Rafael Nadal's first appearance in the Canadian event dated back to 2005 when he defeated Andre Agassi in a straight-set final to win the title.

"He was so young that I thought he was a kid", said Lapierre. "He was like 19 years old. But he was already a world-class star. I was in my office, busy in scheduling matches for the following day, when people from ATP came.

They need a calm place to film something. They got in a corner, but I warned them that I had to keep working." Then everyone left but Nadal, who wanted to stay there in order to see where and when his match would be scheduled.

"Nadal looked at me working. Without saying any word." Because 99.9 per cent of players do not love playing at night. "Everybody wants to play when it's sunny. Lights cause them issues." Anyways, Nadal is okay with playing any time: "Nadal is a gentleman.

Working with him is always a pleasure. He is so nice. A big man. He does not create any issue."