WATCH: Rafael Nadal Trains With Alex Davidovich Ahead of Tennis Return at US Open Series

Published 07/12/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 1, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his first round match against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


After skipping the grass season, Rafael Nadal has gotten back on the courts to resume his season. The Spaniard was seen practicing on the hard courts at the Rafa Nadal Academy. He intends to return on Tour for the US swing, eyeing the ultimate Grand Slam event of the calendar year, the US Open 2021. 

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In the clip, Rafael Nadal can be seen practicing with professional tennis player Alex Davidovich. Rafa was striking the ball with great accuracy and looked comfortable on the court. The Spaniard has enjoyed a great amount of success at Flushing Meadows in recent years. Keeping that in mind, he will be motivated to lift another title. 

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

Rafael Nadal has tasted success at the US Open in recent times

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Nadal has won the US Open four times in his career. First in 2010, which was followed again in 2013 and most recently in 2017 and 2019. After his accolades in the French Open, Rafa has seen a fair amount of success in New York. Besides, fans really look forward to seeing him.

Reflecting on his season, Rafa began playing at the Australian Open but lost in the quarterfinal. After that, he returned to the clay courts of Monte Carlo. However, he didn’t go deep into the event. Later, he won titles in Barcelona and Rome. 

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)

One of the season’s biggest disappointments was the French Open loss to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. After his stint at Roland Garros, he decided to skip the Wimbledon Championships and later revealed that he wouldn’t be part of the Tokyo Olympics. 

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He intends to come back for the hard court season and has already begun getting himself prepared to take on the top players. It will be interesting to see how the Spaniard performs for the remainder of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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