Mexico City: Spanish world No 1 Rafael Nadal headlines the list of players expected to compete at the 2019 Mexican Open in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, the organisers said.

“Having the [world] No 1 is important for us, but it’s special because it’s Rafa. It took just one telephone call to confirm he’d be here,” tournament director Raul Zurutuza said.

The Mexican Open, an ATP 500 event, will take place from February 25 to March 2 in Acapulco. The 32-year-old Nadal won the Mexican Open in 2005 and 2013, losing to American Sam Querrey in the 2017 final. Nadal withdrew from this year’s Mexican Open due to the injury he suffered at the Australian Open.