Bryan Brothers, Barcelona 2016

Former World No. 1s Bob and Mike Bryan received the “Player 10” award by Segura Viudas from Manel Serras, President of the APT (Association of Tennis Journalists in Spain) on Thursday. The award is given during the Barcelona Open each year to the player that demonstrates both strong tennis skills and good human qualities.

The Bryans, winners of 110 doubles titles, aim to clinch their third Barcelona Open title.

Jornada 21 de abril en la 64º. edición del Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell

Jornada 21 de abril en la 64º. edición del Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell

Jornada 21 de abril en la 64º. edición del Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell

Source: Barcelona Open, photo credit: Banco Sabadell

Rafael Nadal, Barcelona Open 2016

Alexander Zverev celebrated his 19th birthday with a hard-fought win over 15th Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-7 7-5. He’ll face Malek Jaziri in the third round.

20/04 en la 64º Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

2-time defending champion Kei Nishikori started his 2016 clay court campaign with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Thiemo de Bakker. His next opponent is Jérémy Chardy.

20/04 en la 64º Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

20/04 en la 64º Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
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Special Olympic players hit balls at Peugeot Tennis Clinic

Almost 5,000 tennis fans got together at the Center Court of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona for the Peugeot Tennis Clinic on Sunday. During one hour, Nicolas Almagro, Pablo Carreno Busta and Paula Badosa hit balls with 40 kids from different clubs all over Catalonia, as well as 12 players from the Spanish Special Olympics delegation.

That’s for sure the kind of event we’d like to see more often. A few pictures from the clinic:

Clínic Trofeu Conde de Godó 2016

Clínic Trofeu Conde de Godó 2016
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Rafael Nadal at practice, Barcelona 2016

Rafael Nadal is already back at practice after his Monte Carlo victory yesterday. This week he’s playing the Barcelona Open, a tournament he has won 8 times.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal, Monte Carlo 2016

Rafa is back in the winners’ circle! Nadal claimed his 9th Monte Carlo title, as he defeated Gael Monfils 7-5 5-7 6-0 in an exciting final. He has now won 48 clay court titles, just one short of Guillermo Vilas’ record.

The victory here confirms that I am better and I am very happy, no? Is very, very emotional week for me, very important event. Probably Monte-Carlo is one of the most important places in my career without any doubt.
Win again here after three years is something so special for me. So very happy for that.

Check out our Monte Carlo 2016 coverage.