Rafael Nadal to headline 2020 Acapulco field


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Rafael Nadal to headline 2020 Acapulco field

Rafael Nadal has added a new tournament to his 2020 schedule. For the fourth year in a row, the Spaniard has committed to the Mexican Open that will take place in Acapulco in late February. Earlier this year Nadal, lost to Nick Kyrgios in a thrilling three-set match and in his post-match press conference, the Mallorcan had criticized the Australian.

"It's something special for us to be the first tournament of 2020 that confirms Rafa Nadal's appearance as a new world No. 1, I am sure that fans will be very happy with this news," said the Tournament Director Raul Zurutuza.

Nadal won the title in 2005 and 2013, he was a finalist in 2017. "2020 will be a special year since, besides the player's field that we are building, we also want to celebrate the WTA as they have been with us for 20 years being part of our history," added Zurutuza.

After a doubles exhibition match featuring Anna Kournikova and Natasha Zvereva, Austrian Barbara Schett and German Anke Huber, women started competing in 2001 when the Mexican Open was moved to Acapulco. Since that year, 14 different women have won the title including South African Amanda Coetzer, Italian Flavia Pennetta, and American Venus Williams.

Top-class players like Russians Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova, plus Belarusian Victoria Azarenka have also played the event. Kyrgios won the 2019 men's singles title in Acapulco. He defeated Alexander Zverev in the final.

The women's singles title was won by China's Yafan Wang who defeated American Sofia Kenin. This was Wang's first career WTA singles title.