Rafael Nadal to play Citi Open in front of large crowd

Washington DC [USA], July 16 (ANI): World number three Rafael Nadal will make his Washington debut in front of 100% of fans’ capacity, the Citi Open confirmed Thursday.

After last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic, MDE Sports also announced that the tournament will pay a heavy price this time around. The ATP 500 tennis tournament takes place July 31 through August 8 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. The announcement comes after the National Park Service (NPS), which manages Rock Creek Park, released updated guidelines to allow Citi Open fans to take advantage of full capacity.

“We are delighted to be able to invite fans to Rock Creek Park at full capacity,” Mark Ein, President of the Citi Open and CEO of MDE Tennis said in a statement. “This is an exciting development, not only for tennis fans, but for the entire DC community. We are grateful to the National Park Service for its long partnership with the event and for enabling a full capacity for the Citi Open 2021. ” organizers to return all tournament prizes. In order to keep the event at the original 50% fan capacity limit, players agreed to a 40% pay cut. With all fan restrictions lifted and ahead of the sale of additional tickets, MDE Sports increased the Citi Open 2021 prize total by $ 750,000, bringing the tournament purse back to pre-pandemic levels.

“We are particularly happy to be able to pay the full price to the players after a difficult time for many on tour,” added a. “This is something we never would have thought possible just a few months ago. To do this and welcome fans back without any restrictions is a testament to the resilience of this city and our community. We can’t wait to see the faces and hear the roar of the crowds once again. It will be a very special moment in the history of this great tournament. “For his Citi Open debut, Nadal will be looking to win his 89th ATP title, but will face a very huge number of contenders, including Canadian world number 12 Denis Shapovalov and ATP Next-Gen world star. 19 Felix Auger-Aliassime, Polish world number. Hubert Hurkacz, Miami Open 18 and 2021 champion, and Russian world number. 29 Karen Khachanov, who collectively represent four of Wimbledon’s last eight quarter-finals. (ANI)

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