Rafael Nadal to make return to competition with Citi Open

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  • The Citi Open announced Thursday that the 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafale Nadal is in the field for the July 31 to Aug. 8 event that serves as a U.S. Open tuneup.

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PUBLISHED ON JUL 08, 2021 06:10 PM IST

Rafael Nadal will return to competition by making his debut at the hard-court tournament in Washington.

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The Citi Open announced Thursday that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is in the field for the July 31 to Aug. 8 event that serves as a U.S. Open tuneup.

Nadal has not played since his loss to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the French Open last month.

The 35-year-old Spaniard decided to sit out Wimbledon, which ends Sunday, and the Tokyo Olympics, which open July 23, saying his body needed time to rest and recover after the clay-court season.

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Others on the list of players entered in the Citi Open include Wimbledon semifinalists Denis Shapovalov and Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer on Wednesday.

Wimbledon quarterfinalists Felix Auger-Aliassime and Karen Khachanov also are entered.

The tournament says Rock Creek Park Tennis Center will be allowed to have spectators at 50% of capacity. Last year’s Citi Open was canceled because of the pandemic.

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This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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