The funny story behind Rafael Nadal's first ATP Acapulco appearance



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The funny story behind Rafael Nadal's first ATP Acapulco appearance

Acapulco Open organizer Alejandro Burillo recalled the first time that Rafael Nadal played the Mexican event back in 2005. Burillo said: "When Nadal came he was 18 years old, he was coming from playing in Argentina. One day Carlos Moya, who was the top player back in the day came, he was with the other organizer and he told us his hand was painful and could not play the tournament, but he said there was an 18-year-old kid, and so Nadal came.

He became the tournament winner." Nadal lost in the second round to Nick Kyrgios, who went on to win the title. Tournament Director Raul Zurutuza said that they were close to bringing Andy Murray in the last years. Murray last played the event in 2014.

"We spoke to Murray but he was low ranked, but I am happy he was in Acapulco. He is a great player. We may see him becoming the ATP President in four or five years. Andy was among the four best players in the world for years.

He is a very smart man." Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic spoke about his Foundation: “Children always remind us what happiness is and how little it takes to get a genuine smile from them. Playing and spending time with friends are the best childhood memories, and our team is working daily to make sure every child in Serbia has those memories.

The smiling faces of these children are the best proof that what we’re doing, we’re doing right, and they are a motivation for us to keep going”.