Rafael Nadal has requested the proposed renaming of the Caja Magica to be put on hold until after he retires.
The Caja Magica is the home of the Madrid Masters, and proposals have been approved by the Madrid council to rename the venue after Nadal.
However, following discussions with the 20-time Grand Slam champion, council member Fernando Martinez Vidal says Nadal would like it to be delayed.
“They are delighted with the proposal, but understand that it is not the right time,” Vidal said.
“But he does not want his rivals to feel more uncomfortable playing in a facility that bears his name.
“He has asked us, and thus we have accepted, that the name change be done once his stage as a professional ends.
“Nadal already has other recognitions from the Community of Madrid, but we believe that this is to go one step further.”
Nadal’s record at the Madrid Masters is exceptional. He won it once as a teenager when it was a hard court event in 2005,
In 2009 though it changed to clay, and Nadal predictably improved his record.
He won it again in 2010, beating Roger Federer in the final and again in 2013 against Stan Wawrinka.
Nadal successfully defended in 2014, with Kei Nishikori missing out in the final, and won his most recent title there in 2017 against Dominic Thiem.
The Spaniard has also lost in three finals at the Caja Magica, to Federer (2009), Novak Djokovic (2011), and then Andy Murray (2015).
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