WASHINGTON (AP) — Rafael Nadal is back after missing Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics with a previously undisclosed foot problem, back after not lifting a racket for three weeks.
Nadal will return to competition Wednesday night at the Citi Open, making his debut at the hard-court tuneup tournament for the U.S. Open.
And there is no doubt he's the main attraction, of course — from the sign front-and-center atop the main stadium that shows a yelling Nadal above the words, "This is tennis," to the crowds attending his open practice sessions this weekend.
Play begins Monday at an event whose field includes young Americans Sebastian Korda, Riley Opelka, Taylor Fritz, Jenson Brooksby and Maryland native Frances Tiafoe, along with Nick Kyrgios, Jannik Sinner and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
After losing to Novak Djokovic on June 11 in the
https://apnews.com/article/europe-french-open-tennis-sports-b6769b3b99a8e5fa74b605382cb057b1, where Nadal is a 13-time champion, the 35-year-old Spaniard decided to take a break.