World No. 1 Rafael Nadal announced that he would take part in the Copa Claro tournament in Argentina in 2014. This ATP World Tour 250 event is held at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club between the 8-16 February. He last played this event back in 2005.
“I am really happy to return to Buenos Aires,” said Nadal. “I look forward to coming back to Argentina and share a great week of tennis with the Argentine fans.”
Rafa began his comeback trail in South America, after an eight month layoff due to a knee injury. He reached the finals in Vina del Mar in his first tournament and followed it with a title in Sao Paulo. It was the start of a fantastic season that would see him win nine more titles, two of which were Grand Slam titles and 5 ATP Masters 1000 titles. He also regained the no. 1 ranking for the first time since 2010.
Nadal has recently been in South America, as he helped promote Argentine tourism by teaming up with Djokovic to play an exhibition match on a barge floating near Patagonian glaciers.