According to the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation, Rafael Nadal will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga two Thursdays from tomorrow in an exhibition match on September 25 in Astana.
President of Kazakhstan Tennis Federation Bulat Utemuratov said via Google Translation, “Promotion and development of tennis in Kazakhstan – the basic objective of our Federation. We are delighted that the stars of world tennis – Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – will arrive in Astana with an exhibition match. This visit – an invaluable opportunity for our young tennis players and the younger generation of tennis professionals touch the living legend, get inspiration, and to learn from this legendary master. Tennis fans waiting for a unique show, because every match of the legendary Rafa – this event.”
Nadal hasn’t played a match since losing to Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon fourth round over two months ago. He was scheduled to play in Toronto, Cincinnati and the US Open but all three title defenses were derailed because of a right wrist injury he suffered in practice on July 29.
Nadal is still scheduled to play in Bejing on September 29. There has been no confirmation yet from either Nadal or Tsonga on this match.
The former No. 1 is training on hardcourts and will miss Spain’s Davis Cup tie with Brazil.
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