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Rafa Nadal to make Barcelona comeback, Emma Raducanu to face Angelique Kerber in Porsche Tennis Grand Prix opening round in Stuttgart

Emma Raducanu heads to Stuttgart after a good performance in the Billie Jean King Cup, beating Caroline Garcia and Diane Parry to help Great Britain into the Finals; Cameron Norrie joins Rafael Nadal in Barcelona with Jack Draper playing in Munich this week

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Raducanu gives a serving masterclass and gives tips and tricks on different types of serves! credit: LTA via X

Emma Raducanu will face Angelique Kerber in the opening round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart with Rafael Nadal set to make his comeback in Barcelona.

Raducanu heads to Stuttgart after a successful weekend in the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifiers where she beat Caroline Garcia and Diane Parry to lead Great Britain to a 3-1 win over France and a spot in the Finals.

Kerber, a champion in Stuttgart in 2015 and 2016, is set to compete at the Porsche Tennis Arena for the first time since 2022 and, like Raducanu, plays after being handed a wild card.

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Raducanu gives a serving masterclass and gives tips and tricks on different types of serves! credit: LTA via X

World No 1 and two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka will also feature in the WTA 500 tournament, which includes eight of the world's top 10.

The top four seeds, Swiatek, Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina have first-round byes for the indoor clay-court event.

Swiatek is bidding to become the first three-time champion in Stuttgart since Maria Sharapova swept the titles from 2012-2014.

Jelena Ostapenko opens against Linda Noskova with the winner will face either Raducanu or Kerber.

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In Munich, Britain's Jack Draper has been drawn to face Czech Vit Kopriva in the opening round, with Alexander Zverev and Holger Rune the top two seeds.

Who's playing in Barcelona?

Rafael Nadal competes in The Netflix Slam, a live Netflix Sports event at the MGM Resorts | Michelob Ultra Arena on March 03, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Netflix © 2024)
Image: Rafael Nadal is set to make his big return in Barcelona this week

Rafael Nadal looks set to make his long-awaited return to action at the Barcelona Open, although the 12-time champion has a couple of days to decide whether he is fit enough to face Flavio Cobolli.

Nadal, who has not played a match since the Brisbane International in January, is set to face 21-year-old Cobolli in the first round at 3pm BST on Tuesday - live on Sky Sports Tennis.

However, the Spaniard has yet to make a decision about whether he is fit enough to play and he will continue practising on his favourite clay surface in the lead-up to the tournament, which begins on Monday.

The 37-year-old 12-time champion in Barcelona has been forced to delay his comeback after picking up a micro muscle tear in Brisbane.

He has already withdrawn from the Australian Open, Qatar Open, Indian Wells and Monte-Carlo Masters, with the French Open starting on May 20, where he is a record 14-time winner.

Nadal’s Barcelona Open draw

R1: Cobolli

R2: De Minaur

R3: Popyrin/Fils

QF: Humbert/Davidovich Fokina

SF: Tsitsipas/Alcaraz

F: Ruud/Rublev/Khachanov

Should Nadal defeat world No 63 Cobolli, he will face fourth seed Alex De Minaur in the second round.

The Australian is enjoying the best season of his career having broken into the world's top 10 for the first time.

Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz has withdrawn from the event due to injury.

The world No 3 pulled out of the Monte-Carlo Masters with a right forearm problem and has not recovered in time to defend his title in his home country.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, who brushed aside Casper Ruud to claim his third Monte-Carlo Masters title in four years on Sunday, is in the draw

Cameron Norrie of Great Britain returns a shot to Tomás Barrios of Chile during day four of ATP 500 Rio Open presented by Claro at Jockey Club Brasileiro on February 19, 2024 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Image: Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans will hope for a better run of form in Barcelona

British No 1 Cameron Norrie has a bye to the second round, while Dan Evans opens his campaign against American Brandon Nakashima with second seed Andrey Rublev awaiting the winner.

Where to watch the Barcelona Open?

The live action from the Barcelona Open will be available to watch and stream on Sky Sports Tennis.

What's the schedule?

Monday 17 April 10am - Main Draw First Round

Tuesday 18 April 10am - 2nd Round

Wednesday 19 April 10am - 2nd Round

Thursday 20 April 10am - Round of 16

Friday 21 April 10am - Quarter-finals

Saturday 22 April 12pm - Semi-finals

Sunday 23 April 12pm - Doubles and Singles Finals

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