Rafael Nadal confirmed his return event after missing Wimbledon and the Olympics.
Rafael Nadal hasn’t played since losing in the semi-finals of the French Open to Novak Djokovic.
After opting out of both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, Rafael Nadal has announced his next tournament. After losing to Novak Djokovic in the French Open, Nadal decided to forego the grasscourt season.
At the time, the Spaniard stated that he was aiming to extend his career and that he would not compete in the Olympics.
With the US Open just a few weeks away, questions about when Nadal would return to action arose.
In 2019, Nadal won the US Open for the fourth time, making it his fourth singles win at Flushing Meadows.
And it appears that Nadal intends to return to the court as soon as possible to begin his preparations for the year’s last Grand Slam.
The 35-year-old has taken a wildcard into the Citi Open in Washington, where he has never competed before.
According to a tournament news release, Nadal commented, “I am very delighted to come to Washington for the first time.”
“I’d never been there before, and it’s another area I’d like to visit and play.
“I’m excited to play again, and Washington will be the greatest place for me to kick off the United States Summer Swing.
“I’m excited to see my American fans again, who I haven’t seen since I won the 2019 US Open in New York! Vamos!”
Because the competition takes place during the Olympics’ last week, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will not be competing.
Other top players in the field include Denis Shapovalov, Nick Kyrgios, and Hubert Hurkacz.
“We are ecstatic to welcome Rafael Nadal to our Washington community this summer, who is not only one of the greatest tennis players of all time, but also a global athletic icon and inspiring role model,” said Mark Ein, Chairman and CEO of MDE Tennis.
“I can’t think of a greater way to commemorate the return of the things we love, including live sports, community gatherings, and our historic event, than having Rafa and the rest of our very deep and exciting player field compete for the Citi Open title.”
However, Nadal will not be competing in the Cincinnati Masters. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”