World No. 3 Spaniard Rafael Nadal took a break from the ATP Tour after his loss in the semi-final of the 2021 French Open. Meanwhile, he also skipped the entire season on the grass court, including the 2021 Wimbledon Championship.
Naturally, fans are beginning to feel the absence of him on the men's circuit. Previously, Rafa had an extensive clay court season from mid-April to June, competing in five tournaments. Therefore, a recovery time was due.
And since he has a better chance at the US Open than at Wimbledon, he decided to take the break at the right time. But the question remains: When will Rafael Nadal return to the ATP Tour? Restarting his 2021 season, Rafa Nadal will travel to the United States capital for the Citi Open.
There, he will begin his seven-week preparations for the US Open, beginning in late August. Along with Nadal, young Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkacz, Nick Kyrgios, Jannik Sinner, Sebastian Korda, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Aslan Karatsev and many more will fill the field of players.
Given the talent, the competition would live up to all expectations. It should be noted that the Spanish will be debuting in Washington. Still, he is excited and eager to start the USA Summer Swing. "I've never been there, and it's one more place I wanted to come and play," Nadal said.
“I'm looking forward to playing again and Washington will be the best start for me in the Summer Swing in the United States. I hope to see my American fans again that I haven't seen since I won the 2019 US Open in New York!
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In addition, with fresh legs, the Spaniard will try nothing less than glory in these seven weeks in the United States.
Cahill talks about Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic has been running a riot on the court this season. The Serbian legend has already won three of the five Majors this year.
He also recently confirmed that he would take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Only last weekend, Novak won his 20th Grand Slam title, equaling the record of his fellow ‘G.O.A.T’s, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
In conversation with former American Tennis player, Patrick McEnroe, the two legends discuss who can be a roadblock to Novak Calendar-year Grand Slam. “You know that Rafa likes to play in New York. He likes the high bouncing conditions and he’s had big success there before as well.
So Rafa has taken a wild-card in Cincinnati, we’ll probably see him in Canada. He’s in Washington as well. He’s going to play some hard-court tennis, so he’s ready to be a big challenge in New York. We can’t wait for that with Novak going for the Grand Slam,” said Darren Cahill.