According to Ben Rothenberg, a reporter for the New York Times, Rafael Nadal is expected to return to the field in the ATP 500 tournament in Washington. The Spaniard, after the defeat against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros, had announced that he needed a rest and had canceled both Wimbledon and the Olympic tournament, but it seems that his return to the field is getting closer and closer. For Rafa it would be the first participation in Washington, an event that has hardly ever seen one of the Big Three tread their fields. The only one to play in the US capital was a then very young Roger Federer, eliminated in the first round by Bjorn Phau in the 1999 edition. The reason is probably to be found in the proximity to the two Masters 1000 of Canada and Cincinnati, but the data it is however curious. Still according to Rothenberg himself, it is likely that the Citi Open player pool. already historically rich, it can further embellish itself, especially if some heavy name should suffer premature elimination at the Olympics. The restrictions should indeed be less stringent in the United States and this could be an attractive Toronto alternative for some players.
Nadal has already begun his preparations for the US Open 2021
Rafael Nadal has received a wildcard for the 2021 Citi Open, an ATP 500 event scheduled to begin on August 2. Mark Ein, tournament director of the Citi Open, took to Twitter to express his delight at the fact that the Spaniard will be playing at the ATP 500 event in Washington D.C. “Honored to welcome one of the greatest sporting icons in the world Rafael Nadal to D.C. and our Citi Open for the first time this summer,” Mark Ein wrote on Twitter. Nadal said he was “very excited” to go to Washington for the first time in his career. “I am very excited to come to Washington,” said Nadal in a statement. “I have never been there and it’s one more place I wanted to come and play. I am looking forward to playing again and Washington shall be the best start for the US Summer Swing for me. Looking forward to seeing again my US fans that I haven’t seen since I won the 2019 US Open in NYC!. Vamos!” Nadal got off to a pretty decent start in the 2021 tennis season. He played well at the Australian Open 2021 but choked in the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals and therefore, failed to win the title. He was brilliant in the clay-court season as he won two titles there. He won the ATP Barcelona Open 500 title after defeating Tsitsipas in the finals and then went on to achieve his ‘La Decima’ at the Italian Open 2021. However, the clay-court season ended on an upsetting note for him as he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semis of the French Open 2021 and failed to retain his title.