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Photos: Rafael Nadal Takes Court at Barcelona's Liceu Opera
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 06:00 PM
From King of Clay to Primo Uomo?
Eight-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal joined countryman David Ferrer on Monday for a promotional event at Barcelona’s Liceu Opera House. The two played a round of mini tennis inside the majestic grand theater, and posed for photos.
The court won't be around for any actual matches, however. A quick set change will be needed to get the stage ready for The Legend of the Invisible City if Kitezh on Tuesday night.
Tennis and classical music have a longstanding connection and perhaps an overlapping audience. Last year, Roger Federer tried his hand at the violin, and Novak Djokovic admitted using Tchaikovsky to get pumped up before tournaments.
Nadal has had a bumpy stretch of late, including a recent Australian Open final loss to Stanislas Wawrinka. He begins play later this week and his hometown fans hope that he'll enjoy some home court advantage. Below is a Twitter message from Nadal's fan club.
The Barcelona Open also made this promotional video featuring some brief footage from the event: