Return confirmed. Rafael Nadal, who dropped out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, was confirmed to play the ATP 500 in Washington, which will be held between August 2 and 8. That will be the official return of the Spanish to the circuit after passing through Roland Garros.
At 35 years old and the No. 3 in the world, Nadal was frustrated in his attempt to win the 21st Grand Slam at his favorite French Open. There he lost in the semifinals to Serbian Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the ranking, and a few days later he announced that he was not going to play on the grass at Wimbledon, the next Major, or on the hard surface of the Olympic event.
The organization of the ATP 500 in Washington, in the US capital, announced this Thursday that the Spanish will be in the game. Thus, the 13-time Roland Garros champion will play for the first time in his entire career that tournament, which serves as a preparation for the Masters 1000 in Canada and Cincinnati, on the tour that leads to the US Open.
This season, Nadal is 23-4, with the titles of Rome and Barcelona on clay, and thus in Washington he will return to the hard courts with the aim of taking a good rhythm with a view to trying again to win the 21st Grand Slam. in this case in New York.
Nadal has a 490-139 mark in cement throughout his professional career and wants to get to the US Open in great shape, where he won four titles, the most recent in 2019. For this reason, at the beginning of the tour he will perform in Washingto, which surprised to many, but it will be positive for him after passing through Paris.