Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic together in an exhibition tournament

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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic together in an exhibition tournament

Wimbledon is upon us and the players are preparing for the big event. Someone chose to start the season on grass with the first ATP 250s: the Boss Open in Stuttgart, won by Matteo Berrettini, and the Libéma Open in the Netherlands, won by Grand Slam wildcard Tim van Rijthoven.

Then came the two 500 tournaments, with the Queen's and Halle: once again the Italian number one won the Queen's tournament; in Germany, on the other hand, it was Hubert Hurkacz who triumphed against Daniil Medvedev, in the second final lost in two weeks.

Other tennis players, on the other hand, have decided to play the English Grand Slam directly. Among them, there are two former world number ones: the reigning champion, Novak Djokovic, and the two-time winner, Rafael Nadal.

Both, however, decided to test their physical condition (the Spaniard, in particular) in the Hurlingham Tennis Classics 2022 exhibition tournament. With them, there will be three other Top 10 players: Casper Ruud, Carlos Alcaraz and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The opponents of Djokovic and Nadal

In the program published on the event page, which will be held from 21 to 24 June, it is already clear who will be the opponents of the two former world number ones. Rafael Nadal will make his debut on Wednesday 22 against another Grand Slam winner, Stan Wawrinka; to follow, there will be Novak Djokovic against the Canadian number one.

On Thursday, however, the debuts of Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud: the finalist of the last edition of Roland Garros will face David Goffin; the Spaniard, on the other hand, is waiting to meet his opponent. To close the event, on Friday 24th, Djokovic and Nadal will return to the field: the world number four will face Auger-Aliassime; the Serbian, on the other hand, is waiting to know the identity of his second opponent.

The tournament formula, which will be based at the Hurlingham Club of London, provides for a best of three match, with the third set ending with a super tiebreak.

Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic Carlos Alcaraz