WATCH: Hundreds of Fans Line up to Get a Glimpse of Rafael Nadal’s Practice at Citi Open 2021

Published 08/01/2021, 8:30 AM 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


Fans are quite exhilarated as Rafael Nadal will begin his upcoming hard-court season at the Citi Open 2021. It is for the first time that Rafa is playing at the ATP 500 tournament and thus, the excitement in the air is palpable.

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Rafael Nadal has won four US Open titles in his career so far. As a result, he is quite a popular athlete in the United States and tennis fans just love to watch him play.

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Nadal recently began practicing for the Citi Open 2021. Interestingly, in a recent video, one can see a long line of hundreds of fans just to get a glimpse of the Spaniard while he is training. The 20-time Grand Slam champion gets love and appreciation wherever he plays but this is something unusual as fans are now coming to witness him even during his practice sessions.

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The Citi Open 2021 will begin on August 2, 2021, and will extend till August 8, 2021. After hitting the net with his coach, Carlos Moya, on the hard-court, the Citi Open 2021 will act as a warm-up tournament for the Spaniard ahead of the US Open 2021.

Rafael Nadal in the 2021 tennis season

Even though Nadal didn’t get off to a great start as he lost in the quarters of the Australian Open 2021, he has had a pretty decent season so far.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021. Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his semi final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

On clay, although Rafa failed to defend his French Open title, he put forth some exceptional performances. The Spaniard managed to win his 12th Barcelona Open title this year and then achieved his La Decima at the Italian Open 2021.

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Roland Garros 2021 was Rafa’s last tournament as he didn’t play at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 or at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As a result, fans are eagerly waiting for his return to the court now.

Will he succeed at the Citi Open 2021? Let us know in the comments below.

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