Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz appearance fees for Netflix Slam ‘revealed’

Kevin Palmer
Rafael Nadal will play Carlos Alvaraz in a Las Vegas exhibition
Rafael Nadal will play Carlos Alvaraz in a Las Vegas exhibition

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are set to take centre stage in the ‘Netflix Slam’ in Las Vegas on Sunday, with the two tennis giants reported to be receiving huge fees to take part in the star-studded event.

This event was initially pencilled into the diary in March 2023 but was postponed after Nadal’s injury woes and there have been similar concerns ahead of this showdown with Alcaraz.

Nadal was forced to pull out of an ATP Tour event in Qatar last month as he had not recovered from the injury setback that ruled him out of the Australian Open in January.

Then Alcaraz suffered an ankle injury in a tournament in Rio, sparking concerns that he may need to be replaced for the sold-out event in Las Vegas.

Yet it seems that the two Spanish stars are fit enough to compete in an event that is being seen as a testing ground for Netflix as they weigh up the prospect of screening more live sport.

“I’m honoured and so happy to be sharing the court with Rafa in Las Vegas,” US Open and Wimbledon champion Alcaraz told Netflix.

“He’s an all-time great, of course, and his records and achievements speak for themselves.

Nadal opponent echoed similar sentiments as well. “I’m very excited for my first visit to Las Vegas,” said the 22-time Grand Slam champion.

“I’m also very excited to be playing with my fellow countryman Carlos Alcaraz. I am sure it will be a fantastic night of tennis.”

It’s little wonder these two wealthy athletes are eager to be part of this one-off show as the duo are rumoured to be receiving in excess of $1million each to play in the match.

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This figure would not be out of the ordinary for Nadal, who has commanded huge appearance fees for exhibition and non-compulsory ATP Tour events for many years.

Alcaraz has also emerged as a huge. draw for tournament promoters, with the young Spaniard reported to ask for an appearance fee of $750,000 to play in tournaments.

In addition to the main event, MGM Resorts has organised tennis sessions for fans with Nadal and Alcaraz — with private sessions with the stars costing a huge $150,000.

The private sessions have already sold out on the event’s official website, while joint group clinics with the two former world No 1’s are also available at $50,000 per person.

This feels like a new dawn for tennis exhibition events, with former British No 1 Laura Robson telling Tennis365 that the sport needs to attract a new, younger audience by embracing new ideas.

“I’m all for new plans, new developments,” said Robson, speaking to Tennis365 at the launch of the new Sky Sports Tennis channel.

“I just came back from the Australian Open and I loved the fact that people were coming in a 1-0 and not having to wait outside until three games were played.

“It made it so much better for spectators and once the players got used to it, there were zero issues.

“I’m all for quicker balls, quicker courts, whatever makes tennis more entertaining to the biggest audience possible.

“Matches that go on for four and a half hours seem unnecessarily long, so I would welcome any changes that improve the sport.

“Tennis has been the same for a very long time and people don’t like disruption, but we should try new things.”

Netflix have announced that a host of big names will be involved for “on and off court commentary and play by play.”

Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, Mary Joe Fernández and Patrick McEnroe will all feature, as well as tennis analyst Prakash Amritraj and host Kay Adams, while Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer will be heard by Spanish audiences.