Rafa Nadal v Jack Sock live stream and preview | Citi Open 2021

Rafa Nadal makes his return to action against Jack Sock in the Last 32 of the 2021 Citi Open in Washington on Wednesday.

Nadal is making his first competitive appearance since his Semi-Final defeat to rival Novak Djokovic in the French Open at Roland Garros in June.

The 35-year-old withdrew from both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, citing scheduling reasons as he sought to recover from a “demanding” clay court season.

Nadal now returns to action on hard court as the number one seed at the ATP Washington – an effective warm-up event for the US Open later this month.

Speaking in his pre-tournament press conference, Nadal said: “Playing in Washington allows me to be on the tour one week before than what I do usually for this part of the season.

“But missing Wimbledon, I think that’s the right thing to do. The decision I think is the right one.

“I don’t know how long it will take to recover everything, but the only thing I can say is I’m here just to try my best in every single moment. I hope the past couple of days of practices keep helping me to be competitive enough for the first round.”

Nadal is now in a three-way tie on 20 Grand Slam titles alongside Roger Federer and Djokovic, with the trio set to battle it out at Flushing Meadows for the outright lead.

Nadal begins his campaign at the Citi Open against 28-year-old  Sock – a winner of four career ATP singles titles.

Sock, who is a three-time Grand Slam doubles champion, has a career-high singles ranking of world number eight, though is now ranked at a lowly 192.

The American right-hander was handed a walkover against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the opening round, losing the first set 7-6 before leading 4-0 in the second as Nishioka retired through injury.

Nadal has won all five of his previous meetings with Sock, the first of which in the Last 16 at Roland Garros six years ago.

Their latest encounter gets under way from around 12am BST, with either Tennys Sandgren or 14th seed Lloyd Harris awaiting in the Round of 16 later in the week.

Nadal v Sock is available to watch via a live stream on desktop, mobile or tablet from approximately 12am BST.

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ATP action continues in Washington at the 2021 Citi Open, and a live stream is available for all matches.

The 52nd edition of the Washington Open features a host of star names competing from July 31 to August 8.

The ATP 500 series event is played on hard court and continues the lead-up to next month’s US Open, with 16 seeded players accompanied by a series of wildcards and qualifiers.

Nick Kyrgios is the defending singles champion, having defeated Daniil Medvedev 7-6, 7-6 in the 2019 final.

This year’s Citi Open features a star-studded field, headed by number one seed Rafael Nadal – making his first appearance since his Semi-Final defeat to Novak Djokovic at the French Open in June.

Nadal withdrew from both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, citing schedule reasons.

The Spaniard is bidding to claim this title for the first time and is joined in the draw by second seed Félix Auger-Aliassime, Alex de Minaur and Grigor Dimitrov.

Italy’s Jannik Sinner, British duo Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie and American stars Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz are among the other seeded hopefuls who will enter at the Second Round stage.

Reigning champion Kyrgios will enter in Round One alongside the likes of Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson, Jordan Thompson, Alexei Popyrin and Sam Querrey.

All matches are available to watch exclusively live on desktop, mobile or tablet devices to users in the UK and various other regions worldwide.

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The Citi Open in Washington, D.C., due to be the first ATP Tour tournament since March, has been cancelled.

Tournament organizers cited ‘too many unresolved external issues’ in their statement announcing the cancellation of the Citi Open, which was due to begin on 14 August.

The Washington, D.C. event would have marked the resumption of the ATP Tour after an unprecedented shutdown which began in March with the cancellation of the Indian Wells Masters.

Organizers said that they were ‘heartbroken’ to cancel the tournament, which will now return in 2021.

The statement read:

‘With only 23 days left until the start of the tournament, there are too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends, that have forced us to make this decision now.’

The first ATP Tour event on the calendar is now the Western & Southern Open, usually played in Cincinnati as the Cincinnati Masters but now relocated to New York, which will take place from 22-28 August at the same venue where the US Open will take place a few days later.

Male players who are not based in the USA now face the prospect of travelling to a different continent for just three weeks of competition before having to immediately travel to Europe for four weeks of clay-court tennis.

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WTA Tour players are in a slightly different position, with the WTA Tour resuming on 3 August for the Palermo Ladies Open in Italy, followed by tournaments in Prague and Lexington, Kentucky. The Lexington event, known as the Top Seed Open, has been entered by Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens and is due to begin on 10 August.

The US Open is scheduled to be played without spectators between 31 August-13 September, but the news that the Citi Open has been cancelled will raise concerns that the tournament is not going to be able to take place.

A number of top players have been sceptical, or at least uncertain, about attending the US Open, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep. Most recently, world no. 3 Dominic Thiem said he was ‘still not 100% sure if it’s going to happen’.

The USTA were quick to issue a statement, emphasizing:

‘This decision in no way impacts the US Open or the Western & Southern Open. The USTA will create a safe and controlled environment for players and everyone else involved in both tournaments that mitigates health risks that was approved by the State of New York and also conforms to the standards put forth by New York City and the federal government.’

The Citi Open chairman, Mark Ein, told the New York Times:

‘The big issue really wasn’t a bubble plan. The big issue is immigration, getting people back and forth in and out of America. We don’t have clarity around that.’

It remains unclear whether travellers to the USA will be required to quarantine upon arrival – or whether they would have to quarantine upon their return to Europe. With the Madrid Masters beginning on the day of the US Open men’s final, and the French Open beginning exactly 14 days later, players could jeopardise their chance to compete on European clay effectively or entirely by travelling to the USA.