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Djokovic And Nadal Compete In Patagonia

Patagonia© VisitArgNovak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played aboard a barge adjacent to the Perito Moreno Glacier, in Argentina.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have met 39 times on the ATP World Tour, across 10 countries and in multiple venues.

A floating court on a barge in icy Patagonia would be a first.

Djokovic and Nadal took part in an exhibition on Friday, hitting on a barge in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier, near the southern extremity of Argentina. The event promoted the region as a tourist destination in the tennis-rich country. 

The No. 1 and No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings arrived at El Calafate to visit the pride of Patagonia, a four mile thick mass of ice and one of the most visited destinations in Argentina.

“My parents suggested I visit the glacier,” said Nadal, who also posted on his Twitter account, “I've just been in one of the most spectacular places that I’ve ever seen before, the PeritoMoreno! Really amazing!” 

After visiting the Perito Moreno National Park, located 1,500 miles south of Buenos Aires, Nadal and DjokovicPatagonia played on a floating court with the glacier in the background, an event dubbed “Tennis on Ancient Ice.”

“I never thought I would find a place this wonderful,” Djokovic said.

Argentine Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer added, “We are proud to have the presence of the two best tennis players in one of the most stunning scenery in the country.”

The Serb and the Spaniard, who are in the midst of a South American exhibition tour, signed autographs and took photos with fans. Both players are slated to compete in Buenos Aires this weekend with David Nalbandian, honouring the career of the Argentine great.

Nadal will return to South America in February next year when he headlines the inaugural ATP World Tour 500 event in Rio de Janeiro.

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