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Rafael Nadal confirms comeback date, saying: 'I am looking forward to playing again'

Rafael Nadal celebrates at US Open

Rafael Nadal has revealed he will make his return to tennis at the Citi Open in Washington in August.

Nadal decided to skip Wimbledon this year, saying he needed more time to rest and prepare for a change of surface after his French Open semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic.

That preparation is obviously going well, though, with him now confident enough to confirm his comeback date.

“I am very excited to come to Washington for the first time,” Nadal, who has accepted a wildcard, said. “I have never been there and it’s one more place I wanted to come and play.

"I am looking forward to playing again and Washington shall be the best start for the U.S. Summer Swing for me.

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"Looking forward to seeing again my U.S. fans that I haven’t seen since I won the 2019 US Open in NYC! Vamos!”

Nadal will join what is already looking like a stacked field, with Wimbledon semi-finalists Hubert Hurkacz and Denis Shapovalov already signed up, as well as Nick Kyrgios.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rafael Nadal, who is not just one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, but also a global sporting icon and inspiring role model to our Washington community this summer,” Citi Open Chairman Mark Ein said.

“I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the joyous return of the things we cherish like live sports, coming together as a community and our historic event than having Rafa and the rest of our very deep and exciting player field competing for the Citi Open title.”

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