Fans were quite disappointed after world number 3 Rafael Nadal withdrew from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The Spaniard has not played a professional match since the 2021 French Open, but hopes to return to the pitch soon. Rafael Nadal will play in the 2021 Washington Open, popularly known as the Citi Open.
It will be like a preparation tournament for Rafa before next season on hard courts. Recently, Nadal began his preparations in Manacor, Spain for the Citi Open 2021. In a recent video, you can see how he hits the net with his coach, Carlos Moya.
Interestingly, he spends a lot of time practicing his backhand, a shot that he hasn't been able to hit effectively this season. After losing the 2021 French Open, Rafa has his sights set on the 2021 US Open. He is a month away from the Grand Slam, but the Spaniard needs to regain his form and momentum after not playing tennis for quite some time weather.
As a result, fans can watch him play in many tournaments leading up to the 2021 US Open.
Nadal will be making his debut at the Citi Open
Rafael Nadal will begin his preparations for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam at next month's Citi Open in Washington.
Nadal will be making his debut at the ATP 500 tournament following his withdrawal from Wimbledon and the Olympics. "It is indescribable (Rafael Nadal making his debut in Washington)," Mark Ein said. "I mean the level of interest in this event in unprecedented in our five decades of this tournament.
The whole town is buzzing, our community is buzzing. Tickets have been sold out the minute they went on sale. The extra that we could put on sale, went on sale. And we have a waiting list of 15,000 people who want to come. I think that's indicative of the amount of interest there is in seeing this great icon of our game in Washington for the first time."
According to the Citi Open chairman, they have invested a lot of money into the tournament to give players a "world-class experience" "Yeah, you know we took over the event in 2019 and one of our top goals was to make this an event that the top players would wanna come to," Ein said.
"Obviously, Washington itself is a great city and I guess Washington is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the World, so we should be a place that top players wanna come," he added. "We've invested a huge amount to make this a world-class experience for players, I think that helped lay the groundwork (when discussing with Rafael Nadal)."