Top tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal took part in an exhibition match on Friday afternoon, hitting on a floating barge in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier, near the southern extremity of Argentina. The event was used as a tool to promote the region as a tourist destination in a country that has a storied history in tennis.
The No. 1 and No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings arrived at El Calafate to visit the pride of Patagonia, a four mile thick mass of ice and one of the most visited destinations in Argentina.
“My parents suggested I visit the glacier,” said Nadal, who also posted on his Twitter account, “I’ve just been in one of the most spectacular places that I’ve ever seen before, the PeritoMoreno! Really amazing!”
After visiting the Perito Moreno National Park, the two competitors went onto the flating barge to take part in the event dubbed “Tennis on Ancient Ice.”
“I never thought I would find a place this wonderful,” Djokovic said.
Argentine Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer added, “We are proud to have the presence of the two best tennis players in one of the most stunning scenery in the country.”