Rafael Nadal could face Roger Federer in an exhibition match.
The 81,000-seater stadium is now undergoing a £500 million makeover, and attention has turned to how the venue will be inaugurated, with a large tennis exhibition being one of the possibilities.
True Madrid fan Nadal ‘has always dreamed of playing at the Bernabeu,’ according to Defensa Central, and he could face long-time rival Federer to make that fantasy a possibility.
A new four-story car park, a retractable canopy, a 360-degree display screen, and a new seating area are all part of the £500 million redevelopment.
The stadium’s ability to host competitions in various sports, such as tennis, is dependent on the presence of a retractable pitch.
The ability to smash the single tennis match attendance record is part of the impetus for hosting Nadal at the Bernabeu.
After a rather famous exhibition in front of 51,954 spectators in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 7, 2020, Nadal and Federer, who each have 20 Grand Slam titles on their resumes, hold the current attendance record.
Real Madrid’s 81,000-seater stadium would easily outnumber that figure, and it would also act as a sort of consolation for Nadal, who had his last match at the Bernabeu called off due to injury.
In 2012, Nadal decided to face Novak Djokovic in an exhibition match at the Bernabeu.
However, due to a knee injury, the Spaniard was forced to withdraw from the competition, and the contest was canceled.
If Federer, who will be 41 years old when the stadium is finished in October 2022, is unable to face Nadal, World No. 1 Djokovic is likely to be the first backup.
When the plans were first announced in April, club president Perez said, “We are facing one of the great projects of the future for Real Madrid, and, of course, it will be also for the community of Madrid.”
‘Not only will the new Santiago Bernabeu stadium benefit the club, but it will also benefit the local area.’
‘The new stadium will allow us to continue to expand.’ It will help Real Madrid stay competitive in an extremely tough foreign football climate.’