Rafael Nadal, who’s making his highly-anticipated return will feature in a star-studded field at the Mexican Open this week, in what is an absolutely golden line-up this year for the silver anniversary of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC.
The stars will come out to play on the blue hard courts at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess in a tournament record where six of the world’s top 10 players will feature.
Defending champion, Sam Querrey will join the likes of Juan Martin del Potro, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and 2016 winner Dominic Thiem at the event.
Heading the all-star field is top seed and last year’s finalist, Rafael Nadal, who is playing his first match since the Australian Open. The Spaniard will kick-start his campaign against countryman Feliciano Lopez in the opening round.
“I am happy to be here. I feel recovered from what happened in Melbourne,” Nadal, who’s a double champion (2005 & 2013) in Acapulco, said of the injury that forced him to retire from his quarter-final match against Marin Cilic.
“[I took] a couple of weeks of rest and worked hard on rehabilitation. Last week I started practising hard again. I feel ready.”
Defending champion Sam Querrey, who is seeded seventh this week, looms in Nadal’s quarter, playing Matthew Ebden in the first round, while Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson round out the seeds in the draw’s top half; they open against Ernesto Escobedo and Radu Albot, respectively.
World no. 5 Alexander Zverev, who’s seeded second, will open his campaign against American Steve Johnson at the head of a loaded bottom half of the draw. Zverev’s potential quarter-final opponent is John Isner, who will play countryman Ryan Harrison in his first match.
At the other end of the quarter is Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who has a tricky opening round encounter with lefty serve-and-volley specialist Mischa Zverev.
The Mexican Open is on from Monday, February 26 through to Sunday, March 4.