Through a statement Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni commented on Mallorca hosting an ATP event again from 2020 to 2022 on grass. "I think it's a very good news for the Balearic Islands and specifically for Mallorca. Having an ATP tournament for the island is something very important.
Here my nephew won his first ATP career match in 2002 at 19 years of age! Now we need the support from crowd, companies so that it becomes a long term project. Mallorca deserves it", said Toni. Edwin Weindorfer, E-motion owner and promotor, said: "This is a new project for us.
We are happy to continue our efforts and bring the best tennis to the amazing island in Mallorca. I want to thank ATP and Wimbledon, our strategic partners, for the confidence they put on us and give us the opportunity to keep working in a tournament here in Mallorca.
I would also like to thank Toni Nadal who always supported our job in the Balearic Islands. We are happy to have him back as the tournament director." The ATP Chief Executive Chris Kermode said: "Spain is definitely an amazing country for the ATP Tour and we are happy to see a tournament back in Mallorca, which helped a lot the history of the world of tennis with two world No.
1s like Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal." Moya said: "The island is on the map of the world of tennis and even more having a figure like Nadal. It's something well deserved. Tournaments like WTA Mallorca Open, Legends Cup or the Challenger at the Rafa Nadal Academy show that you can do well in tennis.
Back in the day I could only play the Mallorca Open and some Davis Cup ties." Moya warned that seeing Nadal in the ATP event in front of his crowd will be tough because it's difficult to compete the week before Wimbledon.