(February 15, 2014) Rafael Nadal fulfilled his promise. On Friday during his news conference at the Rio Open, the Spaniard said he would like to make the most of his stay in Rio de Janeiro and visit some famous tourist attractions. This Saturday, after practicing with Thomaz Bellucci, the world No. 1 went to the Christ the Redeemer, one of the new seven wonders of the world, in the top of the Corcovado Mountain.
Nadal could see one of the most amazing views of the world. From the Christ the Redeemer, he could spot the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Ipanema and Leblon beaches and also the Jockey Club Brasileiro, where the Spaniard is going to play the Rio Open presented by Claro hdtv and will face Daniel Gimeno Traver in the first round.
“It is one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen. It is very beautiful, the surrounding mountains, an amazing view. And the statue is fantastic. It is a great luck to be in Rio. It is always nice to visit new places and Rio was definitely one of the places I wanted to be”
Earlier in the day another French Open champion, Italian Francesca Schiavone, the No. 2 seed at the tournament, who will face Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the first round, also visited the Christ the Redeemer.
Rio Open presented by Claro hdtv is the only tournament in South America to host a combined ATP World Tour 500 and a WTA International event. The event is held on the clay courts of the Jockey Club Brasileiro, including a stadium for 6,200 people. The total prize money is U$ 1,309,707 for the ATP and U$ 250,000 for the WTA. The first ATP World Tour 500 of Brazil’s history and the first ever WTA tournament in the city of Rio.