Rafael Nadal to play in China Open after four years

The Spaniard is the first of many ATP World Tour players confirmed to play and Beijing remains a special place for Nadal after his 2008 Olympic success here helping him to complete the rare achievement of a career golden slam.

updated: June 15, 2013 16:07 IST
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Beijing: China Open organisers have confirmed the participation of 12-time major champion Rafael Nadal of Spain at this year’s tournament, making it his first appearance here in four years.

“We are excited to present the best players in the world in Beijing for our fans. Rafael Nadal is a global superstar and his participation is a great way for the fans to celebrate the China Open’s 10th anniversary,” said Alfred Zhang, China Open tournament director in a statement.

"Rafa was the 2005 champion and has always been in close relationship with our tournament. It is so gratifying to see him back on court in great form and we look forward to welcoming him back in Beijing."

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