“Right Thing to Do”: Citi Open Organizers Announce Exciting News for Fans Ahead of Rafael Nadal’s Debut


The scenario of tennis this 12 months has been displaying a gradual enchancment with respect to followers coming into the stadium. When Rafael Nadal was taking part in Novak Djokovic within the semi-finals of the French Open, followers had been allowed to benefit from the match past the curfew restrictions submit 11pm in Paris.


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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes palms with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after profitable their semi remaining match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

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Even at Wimbledon this 12 months, a fully-packed Middle Courtroom crowd did give the entire match an incredible vibe. Taking the momentum additional, the US hard-court season, which is about to start by the top of this month, additionally promised full-seating for followers coming into the respective occasions.

Rafael Nadal plans to make a grand comeback on the US hard-court season this 12 months

With Nadal debuting at Citi Open in Washington D.C, the match organizers introduced optimistic information for followers as permissions had been granted to permit full-capacity crowd all through the week for the occasion.

The Spaniard, who’s planning to make a smashing return to tennis after the semi-final disappointment at Roland Garros, might be taking part in a number of hard-court tournaments earlier than the US Open.

Speaking concerning the Citi Open permitting full crowds within the stadium, Mark Ein, who took up the administration of the occasion in 2019 expressed his gratitude for everybody concerned.

We’re very excited that now we have been given the approval by the Nationwide Park Service to go from a 50 % cap to 100%. This has been within the works for some time, in partnership with town and the park service. Everybody got here collectively and determined this was the fitting factor to do”. 

The Citi Open has an intriguing player-field with Nadal making his debut

Together with the Spaniard, the Citi Open may even characteristic thrilling gamers like Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Hubert Hurkacz, and so on.

Because of the fifty share seating earlier than, all of the tickets had been offered out and the organizers at the moment are planning to open up the accessible slots beginning subsequent week.

It’s signal for the match after the cancellation final 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Nick Kyrgios will enter the occasion because the defending champion.


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WASHINGTON D.C. , AUGUST 03: NICK KYRGIOS (AUS) and STEFANOS TSITSIPAS (GRE) throughout day 6 match of the 2019 Citi Open on August 3 ,2019 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Middle in Washington D.C. (Picture by Chaz Niell/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photographs)

The Australian had one in every of his greatest weeks on tour within the 2019 version the place he defeated the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev to clinch the title.

Will probably be attention-grabbing to see one other doable encounter between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios. All their earlier matchups have lived as much as the expectations and let’s hope that followers might be handled to a different memorable contest on the Citi Open this 12 months.


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