‘Rafael Nadal’s visibly injured and limping between points’, says WTA star

After witnessing some pretty exciting tennis at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, it’s time for the hard court season. There are a series of tournaments ahead of the 2021 US Open that will begin on August 31, 2021. Interestingly, world No. 4 Rafael Nadal will start as one of the favorites at the Grand Slam. Nike recently unveiled Rafael Nadal’s outfit that he will wear to the 2021 US Open. Interestingly, there are two separate jerseys that he will wear during the day and night matches. The outfit of the day is quite simple and straightforward. The shirt is white and the shorts are navy blue. You can also see some navy blue patches on the sleeves of the white t-shirt and even on the neck. The entire outfit for the evening is completely navy blue. Surprisingly, it has a dark green hue on the margins of the sleeves and neck. Thus, Rafa has a variety of outfits that he can wear to the 2021 US Open according to his match schedule. Fans had high expectations of Nadal when he stepped onto the floor at the 2021 Citi Open. However, he was unable to go beyond the quarterfinals and lost to Llyod Harris there in three sets. After this, Rafa will play in the National Bank Open 2021. He has already won the ATP Masters 1000 tournament five times in his career and will therefore start as a favorite in the tournament. Interestingly, he is also the defending champion there, as the event did not take place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rafael Nadal needs to triumph in Toronto this year to regain his form and momentum ahead of the 2021 US Open.

Bouchard opens up on Rafael Nadal

According to renowned coach and analyst Paul Annacone, Rafael Nadal’s stint in Washington had some benefits. Annacone said the Spaniard’s presence in the city lifted the mood of the public, who turned up in droves to watch Nadal even during practice sessions. “I think it’s pretty simple, we saw the practice courts. They were packed, everyone wanted to watch him play,” Paul Annacone told Tennis Channel. “He got to do a little bit of sightseeing, some of the great sights in Washington.” Eugenie Bouchard, who is currently ranked 133rd, also gave her thoughts on Rafael Nadal’s appearance in Washington. “In what is a smaller tournament for him, he’s visibly injured and limping between points vs Jack Sock. But still, competing till the very end, even raised his level in that third set tiebreaker and that’s why he’s one of the greatest of all time,” Bouchard said. “You could tell that the crowd really appreciated him being there, they were really getting into it in the matches,” Bouchard said. “You know, it will take away some match play [from him], but a new experience in a new city as he said he’d never been there.”