Rafael Nadal Foundation Receives a Wealthy Donation at Citi Open 2021

Published 08/06/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: Rafael Nadal of Spain during a Kia Key handover ceremony at Garden Square in Melbourne Park January 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images for KIA)


On Thursday, Rafael Nadal registered his first career win at the Citi Open 2021 in Washington, D.C. To make the night extra special for him, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein donated $50K to Rafa Nadal Foundation to support child development through sports.

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Inarguably, the Spaniard received immense love during his debut campaign in the American capital city. And although he lost in the third round, he would be taking back unforgettable memories.

Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates against Jack Sock of the United States (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

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Rafael Nadal Foundation receive a hefty donation from investor Mark Ein

During his opening match in Washington, Nadal survived a more than three hour battle over Jack Sock. Additionally, he even later confirmed that he was struggling with his persistent left foot injury.

However, everything went well for the Spaniard on the first day at the office after almost two months of break. The Citi Open official Twitter account even shared a picture when Ein presented the $50K cheque to Rafa Nadal Foundation.

Primarily, his foundation aims at the development of children and young through sports and education. He and his team have been on this noble journey for more than ten years now.

The foundation tweeted, “Thank you, Mark Ein, for your special contribution to our projects. Sports and education to achieve a better future for the children!”

Following the opening night, Nadal met with an unexpected ending in the third round. Although he stretched it to the third set, he could not stop the more determined Llyod Harris. Consequently, his time in Washington came to an early end as he lost that match 4-6, 6-1, 4-6.

Afterwards, Nadal fended off the injury woes but said the kindest words for his fans in D.C. “The most painful thing is not to be able to be on court tomorrow in front of this amazing crowd,” Nadal said.

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Surprisingly, after his third-round loss in Washington, Nadal dropped to World No.4 for the first time in four years. However, he would be moving to Cincinnati Masters next, where he has an opportunity to earn big points.

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after a play against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, the Spaniard did not play in the last ATP 1000 Toronto event, that is, in 2020. Thus, he does not have to defend any points but go for the whole 1000.

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Above all, Nadal would be eyeing the ultimate goal, the U.S. Open title. Since Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic also have 20 Grand Slam titles, it would be interesting to see who reaches 21 first.

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Any guesses? 

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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