World No 3 Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Gustavo Kuerten enjoy rain-soaked Brazilian carnival
Rio de Janeiro: Tennis stars Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer enjoyed what they described as "unforgettable" Carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro despite heavy rain suddenly hitting the city.
Spanish tennis stars Rafael Nadal (left) and David Ferrer pose alongside former Brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten (right) during the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil yesterday
The heavy rain didn't dampen the passion of the people in Rio on Sunday night, including the top two seeds who will participate in Rio Open next week, reports Xinhua.
Along with Brazilian former World No 1 Gustavo Kuerten, Nadal and Ferrer made their debut at the Carnival.
Former Brazilian legend Zico watches the parade during Rio Carnival
The Spaniards were all smiles and even tried to samba while cruising the Sambodromo. "It was the first time we had the chance to enjoy the Rio Carnival and it has been an unforgettable experience," said Nadal.
"There was unbelievable positive energy from everyone. Everyone was singing and dancing; it was fantastic for me to have the chance to enjoy this unique experience."
Brazilian actress Paloma Bernardi participates in the Rio Carnival parade. Pics/Getty Images, AFP
Ferrer said: "I think I danced more today than I did in my entire life. I hope I can improve for next year. If I have the chance, I would love to do it again."
Nadal and Ferrer play their first round matches in Rio, opening against Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci and Daniel Gimeno-Traver, respectively.