When Is Rafael Nadal Planning to Return to the Tennis Tour?

Published 07/14/2021, 10:46 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Spaniard World No.3 Rafael Nadal has taken a break from the ATP Tour after his French Open 2021 semifinal loss. In the meantime, he also skipped the entire grass-court season, including the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Naturally, fans are starting to feel his absence on the men’s circuit.

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Earlier, Rafa executed an extensive clay-court season from mid-April to June, competing in five tournaments. Therefore, a recovery time was due for him. And since he has a better chance at US Open than Wimbledon, he decided to take the break at the right time.

But the question remains: When will Rafael Nadal return on the ATP Tour?

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Rafael Nadal confirmed for ATP 500 Washington Open 2021

Restarting his 2021 season, Rafa Nadal will travel to the United States capital for the Citi Open. There, he will kick start his seven-week preparations for the US Open, starting at the end of August.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his straight sets victory to the crowd after his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Along with Nadal, Canadian youngsters Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkacz, Nick Kyrgios, Jannik Sinner, Sebastian Korda, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Aslan Karatsev, and many more will fill the players’ field. Given the talent, the competition would be par every expectation.

Notably, the Spaniard will be a debutant in Washington. Even so, he is excited and looking forward to starting the US Summer Swing.

“I have never been there, and it’s one more place I wanted to come and play,” Nadal said. “I am looking forward to playing again, and Washington shall be the best start for the US Summer Swing for me. Looking forward to seeing again my US fans that I haven’t seen since I won the 2019 US Open in NYC!. Vamos!”

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Nadal chasing record-equaling sixth US Open title

Debugging the myths, the ‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal has found plenty of success on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows. In fact, he and Roger Federer are the two active players tied with most US Open titles at five.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot during his Men’s Singles quarterfinals match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina on day ten of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Getty Images)

Moreover, with fresh legs, the Spaniard will try for nothing less than glory in these seven weeks in the USA. Instead, he would aim to get ahead of Federer and Novak Djokovic, becoming the first man with 21 Grand Slam titles.

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Above all, fans are anxious to see Nadal back in action. Save the date: Citi Open starts on August 2 to 9, 2021

How excited are you for the hard court tennis return?

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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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