“Right Thing to Do”: Citi Open Organizers Announce Exciting News for Fans Ahead of Rafael Nadal’s Debut in Washington, D.C.

Published 07/15/2021, 3:31 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


The situation of tennis this year has been showing a gradual improvement with respect to fans entering the stadium. When Rafael Nadal was playing Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open, fans were allowed to enjoy the match beyond the curfew restrictions post 11pm in Paris.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

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Even at Wimbledon this year, a fully-packed Center Court crowd did give the whole tournament an amazing vibe. Taking the momentum further, the US hard-court season, which is set to begin by the end of this month, also promised full-seating for fans entering the respective events.

Rafael Nadal plans to make a grand comeback at the US hard-court season this year

With Nadal debuting at Citi Open in Washington D.C, the tournament organizers announced positive news for fans as permissions were granted to allow full-capacity crowd throughout the week for the event.

The Spaniard, who is planning to make a smashing return to tennis after the semi-final disappointment at Roland Garros, will be playing multiple hard-court tournaments before the US Open.

Talking about the Citi Open allowing full crowds in the stadium, Mark Ein, who took up the management of the event in 2019 expressed his gratitude for everyone involved.

We’re very excited that we have been given the approval by the National Park Service to go from a 50 percent cap to 100 percent. This has been in the works for a while, in partnership with the city and the park service. Everyone came together and decided this was the right thing to do”. 

The Citi Open has an intriguing player-field with Nadal making his debut

Along with the Spaniard, the Citi Open will also feature exciting players like Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Hubert Hurkacz, etc.

Due to the fifty percentage seating before, all the tickets were sold out and the organizers are now planning to open up the available slots starting next week.

It’s a good sign for the tournament after the cancellation last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nick Kyrgios will enter the event as the defending champion.

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WASHINGTON D.C. , AUGUST 03: NICK KYRGIOS (AUS) and STEFANOS TSITSIPAS (GRE) during day 6 match of the 2019 Citi Open on August 3 ,2019 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington D.C. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Australian had one of his best weeks on tour in the 2019 edition where he defeated the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev to clinch the title.

It will be interesting to see another possible encounter between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios. All their previous matchups have lived up to the expectations and let’s hope that fans will be treated to another memorable contest at the Citi Open this year.

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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