Rafael Nadal is set to make a comeback to the tennis courts after a nearly year-long absence due to injury, as he gears up to face his Spanish compatriot and world number two, Carlos Alcaraz, in an exhibition match scheduled for 3 March in Las Vegas. The highly anticipated fixture will take place at the Michelob Ultra Arena within the Mandalay Bay Resort. Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam winner, expressed his excitement about the match and his first visit to Las Vegas, emphasizing the thrill of playing against Alcaraz, whom he referred to as a fellow countryman. The 37-year-old tennis icon anticipates a fantastic night of tennis in the iconic and entertaining city.
Carlos Alcaraz, often regarded as Nadal's heir apparent on both the national and global tennis scenes, reciprocated the enthusiasm, stating his honor and happiness at sharing the court with the legendary Nadal in Las Vegas. Alcaraz, the former US Open champion and this year's Wimbledon winner, acknowledged Nadal's status as an all-time great, highlighting the anticipation for their upcoming match on 3 March.
The event, playfully named "The Netflix Slam," is part of a broader initiative by Netflix, the US-based streaming giant, which hinted at announcing additional players and matches for the exhibition in the coming days. The clash between Nadal and Alcaraz promises to be a tennis spectacle, bringing together two generations of Spanish tennis talent in the vibrant setting of Las Vegas.