When Rafael Nadal is on the court Citi Opening next week, he will look for his 100th career ATP Tour victory.
After a bye in the first round, Nadal will start his DC debut in the second round at 7pm on Tuesday evening. The full tournament draw and duel will be released on Friday.
The world’s No. 3 Spaniard is the first player in the “Big Three”-the other two are Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Citi Open.
Although he won’t be able to play until next week, fans have a chance to see the 20-time Grand Slam winner on the court before his first game.
Nadal will hold four public training sessions Citi Open’s Stadium Court, two Saturdays (10 am and 5 pm) and two Sundays (11 am and 5 pm).
“Our community and fans’ interest in seeing Rafah in person has always been overwhelming, so we are happy to provide a rare opportunity to witness his legendary preparations in a series of public training sessions at our stadium this weekend.” Citi Open chairman Mark Ein said in a statement. “This will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for additional fans who have purchased a large number of qualifying tickets to see one of the greatest players in tennis history up close.”
Fans with weekend tickets to the tournament qualifying games can watch Nadal’s public practice from the seats of the stadium.
This Citi The Open marks the first time Nadal has participated in an ATP event since losing to Djokovic in the French Open semifinals in June. This game is also the beginning of Nadal’s adjustment to the US Open, because he hopes to win a record 21st Grand Slam championship.
This Citi During the competition, the Open will be full, which allows Ein to restore the full prize pool.
“Many players have had a difficult year and a half. Many games have not been held, and those games have indeed greatly reduced the prize money.” A sort of Told the Washington Times earlier this month. “So, I do think this will have a meaningful impact on many players.”
Nadal made headlines in the star-studded field during the game, which also included US Olympian Francis Tiafo and defending Citi Open champion Nick Kilgis.
Tiafoe defeated World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of Wimbledon. He won the first game at the Olympics and then lost to Tsitsipas in the second round.
A native of Heightsville, Maryland, won his first two games last year Citi Open before entering the top 16.
Kyrgios also achieved success at Wimbledon this year, qualifying to the top 32, and then in the first set against the 19th-ranked Felix Auger-Alisasime in the world. Retired due to injury.
Auger-Alisasime will also participate Citi Open next week.
The Women’s Invitational will have three American Olympians participating, including Coco Goff, Jennifer Brady and Jessica Peguula.
Pegula lost to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in two straight sets in the first round in Tokyo. Brady also lost her first game at the Olympics, losing to Italy’s Camilla George in straight sets.
Goff missed the Olympics because he tested positive for COVID-19, but is still on the court Citi Open.