When Will Rafael Nadal Play Next After Withdrawing From US Open 2021?

Published 08/26/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand 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


World No.5 Rafael Nadal announced quite a disheartening news when he decided to withdraw from the US Open 2021. He didn’t just withdrew from the Grand Slam but announced that he would be ending his 2021 season with immediate effect.

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In such a situation, Rafael Nadal will be not be skipping just the US Open 2021, he will also not be playing at the upcoming Indian Wells Masters, Paris Masters, or at the ATP Finals 2021 in Turin.

Aug 4, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain goes to the net 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

All this is happening because Rafa is currently suffering from a foot injury. He injured his foot at the French Open 2021 and then decided to take a short break from the sport. Even though he returned at the Citi Open 2021, he was not fully fit and played despite the injury.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion is 35 now and thus, recovery might take some time before he turns fully fit. Although he failed to win a Grand Slam this year, he ended with an ATP 500 and a Masters title in 2021.

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When and Where is Rafael Nadal planning to make a comeback to the court?

Rafael Nadal will now be back in action in the 2022 tennis season. Even though it is not confirmed right now, fans can witness the Spaniard at the ATP Cup 2022.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a backhand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open. Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

Rafa has a habit of not playing any lead-up tournaments before the Australian Open as he gets to play at the ATP Cup. However, he couldn’t feature at the tournament this year because of a back injury.

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Nadal will be eyeing the Australian Open 2022 where he can make a successful comeback on the court. However, it won’t be a surprise if he decides to play an ATP 250 or 500 tournament, apart from the ATP Cup, to regain his form and momentum ahead of the Grand Slam. If this happens, he can most likely return to the court in January, 2022.

Fans hope that Rafael Nadal makes an incredible comeback. They believe that he still has a lot of tennis left in him and thus, still have huge expectations from him. Will he be able to succeed in the 2022 tennis season?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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