Rafael Nadal will return to the competition by making his hard-court debut in Washington.
The City Open announced Thursday that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be on the field from July 31 to August 8 which is a tuning in the US Open.
“I am so excited to come to Washington for the first time,” Rafa said in a statement. “I’ve never been there before, and it’s another place I wanted to come and play. I’m looking forward to playing again, and Washington will be my best start to the American Summer Swing. I’m looking forward to seeing the American fans I haven’t seen again since I won the US Open in 2017.” 2019 in New York City!. Vamos!”
Rafa has not played since losing to Novak Djokovic in the French Open semi-finals last month.
He decided to sit outside the Wimbledon Championships, which ends Sunday, and the Tokyo Olympics, which start on July 23, saying his body needed time to rest and recover after the clay court season.
The tournament says Rock Creek Park Tennis Center will be allowed to receive 50% of capacity. The Citi Open was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
Source: Associated Press