Rafael Nadal wrote a tweet to pay condolences to the former FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique for his daughter Xana's death. The Spanish player stated: "I just heard the terrible news of Xana's death. I'm very sad and I can't even imagine the pain of the family.
A huge hug to Luis Enrique and the whole family from a distance. Lots of strength and encouragement in these tough times!" Announcing the news, Enrique said: "Our daughter Xana has passed away this afternoon at the age of 9 after fighting for 5 intense months against osteosarcoma.
We thank all the gestures of affection received during these months and we appreciate the discretion and understanding. Also thanks goes to the staff of the San Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospitals for their dedication and treatment, to the doctors, nurses and all the volunteers.
With a special mention to the team of palliative priests of Sant Joan de Deu. We will miss you very much but we will remember you every day of our lives in the hope that in the future we will meet again. You will be the star that guides our family.
Rest Xanita, the Martínez Cullell family”. The former world No. 3 David Ferrer and the former world No. 2 Tommy Haas will team up together to play on the ATP Champions Tour in Delray Beach on February 14 during the 250 event that takes place every year.
Ferrer, who has been playing several exhibition matches since he announced his retirement from tennis, said through a statement: “I am really excited to be part of the ATP Champions Tour, it gives me the opportunity to play at events such as The Delray Beach Open and continue to compete against some of the best guys out there.
I am looking forward to playing in a team format as it will be a lot of fun for the spectators to watch”. The Tournament Director Mark Baron said: “When you think of the game’s legends you typically think of players from yesteryear.
Now we have guys like Tommy and David playing. Instant legends, its more fair to say. What a treat for the fans and the City of Delray Beach to have players like this, who would still be competing at an elite level on the Tour, choosing to defend Team World’s title in Delray Beach. I can’t wait."