Rafael Nadal is gearing up for hard-court season…
The 35-year-old Spanish tennis star will return to competition later this month by making his debut at the Citi Open in Washington.
Organizers of the hard-court tournament have announced that the 20-time Grand Slam champion is in the field for the July 31 to August 8 event that serves as a US Open tuneup.
Nadal has not played since his loss to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the French Open last month.
He decided to sit out Wimbledon, which ends Sunday, and the Tokyo Olympics, which open July 23, saying his body needed time to rest and recover after the clay-court season.
Other players entered in the Citi Open include Wimbledon semifinalists Denis Shapovalov and Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Roger Federer on Wednesday.
Wimbledon quarterfinalists Felix Auger-Aliassime and Karen Khachanov also are entered.
The tournament says Rock Creek Park Tennis Center will be allowed to have spectators at 50% of capacity. Last year’s Citi Open was canceled because of the pandemic.