Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas practice together in Paris

The 126th edition of the French Open is set to begin on May 22 and continue till June 5 – Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitispas practised together

Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas had a nice practice session together ahead of their Roland Garros campaign. Thousands of fans gathered at the stadium to watch both the players go through their routines on the court. Rafael Nadal is aiming for a record 14th French Open title while last year’s finalist, Tsitsipas is looking for his maiden title in Paris.

Rafael Nadal made a comeback on the ATP tour last week in the Italian Open after a two month layoff due to injury. Fans at the stadium were elated to see their hero live in action.

Rafael Nadal had earlier withdrawn from the Miami Open to manage his workload and keep himself fit for the clay court season. The Spaniard’s plans of preparing for the clay-court season were definitely hampered due to the rib injury. He missed the Monte Carlo Masters, a tournament played on clay surfaces and is considered to be an ideal warm up event leading to the Roland Garros in Paris. However, Nadal is back in time for the Grand Slam in Paris in pursuit of a record 22nd Grand Slam.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is presently placed 5th in the world in men’s singles ATP rankings. He is in hot form and won the recently concluded Monte Carlo Masters, his first title of the year. The Greek star lost in the final last year at Roland Garros to Novak Djokovic and will be keen to go all the way this year.

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Fans react to the camaraderie between Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas on Twitter

Fans and followers on Twitter are over-whelmed to see the bonhomie and camaraderie between the two elite players of the support.

An ardent Nadal fan tweeted, “Glad Nadal’s reached Paris & is practising hard for the big test that lies ahead of him at Roland Garros. 13-time winner of the title lost to Djokovic last year but wud be eager to avenge the defeat. Nadal always has an edge at FO as he’s familiar with it like the palm of his hand.”

“So pleased you’re back on track Rafa All the best with the preparations .May your health reign. Were want to see the bite marks on the trophy”, wrote another Nadal who is happy to see her idol back in action.

Fans expressed their love for both the players. “Love them both immensely #RolandGarros”, wrote a fan.”

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