For years, Rafael Nadal has taken on the challenge of carrying his Roland Garros success to grass events on the ATP Tour. After his 13th title run at Roland Garros earlier this month, the Spaniard kept the tradition alive with an interesting twist in 2020.
Competing alongside a mix of professionals and fellow amateurs, the 20-time Grand Slam champion stepped onto the turf and switched his tennis racquets for golf clubs at the Balaeric Golf Championship. Nadal, who owns a 0.3 handicap, finished the 60-player event in joint sixth position on Monday, 10 shots behind tournament winner Sebastian Garcia Grout in the final standings.
Across three rounds, Nadal carded scores of 74, 74 and 77 to end the event nine over par. The results of the tournament will count towards the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
After showcasing impressive form on the golf course, Nadal will now turn his attention back to tennis for his ATP Tour return at next week’s Rolex Paris Masters. The 34-year-old will aim to capture his first title at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament and equal Novak Djokovic’s record haul of 36 titles at the level.
The Spaniard will be joined in the draw by US Open champion Dominic Thiem, reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and World No. 6 Daniil Medvedev.