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According to Ben Rothenberg, a reporter for the New York Times, Rafael Nadal is expected to return to the field in the ATP 500 tournament in Washington. The Spaniard, after the defeat against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros, had announced that he needed a rest and had canceled both Wimbledon and the Olympic tournament, but it seems that his return to the field is getting closer and closer.

For Rafa it would be the first participation in Washington, an event that has hardly ever seen one of the Big Three tread their fields. The only one to play in the US capital was a then very young Roger Federer, eliminated in the first round by Bjorn Phau in the 1999 edition.

The reason is probably to be found in the proximity to the two Masters 1000 of Canada and Cincinnati, but the data it is however curious. Still according to Rothenberg himself, it is likely that the Citi Open player pool. already historically rich, it can further embellish itself, especially if some heavy name should suffer premature elimination at the Olympics.

The restrictions should indeed be less stringent in the United States and this could be an attractive Toronto alternative for some players.

Nadal has already begun his preparations for the US Open 2021
Rafael Nadal has received a wildcard for the 2021 Citi Open, an ATP 500 event scheduled to begin on August 2.

Mark Ein, tournament director of the Citi Open, took to Twitter to express his delight at the fact that the Spaniard will be playing at the ATP 500 event in Washington D.C. “Honored to welcome one of the greatest sporting icons in the world Rafael Nadal to D.C.

and our Citi Open for the first time this summer,” Mark Ein wrote on Twitter. Nadal said he was “very excited” to go to Washington for the first time in his career. “I am very excited to come to Washington,” said Nadal in a statement.

“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 US Summer Swing for me. Looking forward to seeing again my US fans that I haven’t seen since I won the 2019 US Open in NYC!

Vamos!” Nadal got off to a pretty decent start in the 2021 tennis season. He played well at the Australian Open 2021 but choked in the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals and therefore, failed to win the title.

He was brilliant in the clay-court season as he won two titles there. He won the ATP Barcelona Open 500 title after defeating Tsitsipas in the finals and then went on to achieve his ‘La Decima’ at the Italian Open 2021.

However, the clay-court season ended on an upsetting note for him as he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semis of the French Open 2021 and failed to retain his title.

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Meghan Markle could ‘trigger alarm bells’ at Palace with leaked Princess Eugenie story

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MEGHAN MARKLE’S relationship with Princess Eugenie will “ring alarm bells” after her recent TV appearance, a royal commentator claims.

During her controversial appearance on the Ellen show, The Duchess of Sussex shared a story about a time she and Prince Harry attended a Halloween party with Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank. But royal commentator Neil Sean said this will have worried the Royal Family who are “very nervous about anything getting out to Meghan and Harry”. He said: “As we know, Meghan then decided to describe her friendship with Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack, which goes back quite a long way, seemingly. But that really did trigger some alarm bells for senior members of the British monarchy over here.”

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Kate and Prince William tipped for ‘bump in the road’ when Prince Charles King

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are set to hit a “bump in the road” when Prince Charles becomes King, relationship expert Neil Wilkie has claimed to Express.co.uk.

It comes after the BBC’s royal documentary, ‘The Princes and the Press’, aired on Monday this week.

The film, presented by the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan, reportedly shines a spotlight on the relationship between William, Prince Harry, and the media.

However, it drew a furious response from the Cambridges and other senior royals, who accused the BBC of propagating “overblown and unfounded claims”.

The row is unusual for William and Kate, who usually steer clear of controversies compared to some other royals.

Relationship expert Neil Wilkie has analysed the couple’s relationship for Express.co.uk, tipping them for a “bump in the road” once Charles succeeds his mother, the Queen, as monarch.

The expert claimed that Kate and William, who tied the knot in 2011, have been “fairly plain sailing” in their relationship so far.

However, he said: “The next bump in the road will be when Queen Elizabeth dies, and Charles becomes king.

“That’s going to be the point at which William will have a clearer idea of how many years it’s going to be before he becomes King.”

The Queen has been resting recently after it is thought she was advised by doctors to pare back her busy recent schedule.

Britain’s longest-serving monarch stayed overnight in hospital for the first time in eight years last month as she underwent preliminary medical checks.

Her Majesty’s diary has been cleared of major events, including her appearance at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

She was also absent from the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph in London after spraining her back.

Charles is sometimes reported to want a slimmed-down monarchy compared to the Queen and is said to be planning a major shake-up of the Royal Family when he becomes King.

Mr Wilkie said: “There’ll be a change in the way in which the royalty governs the country because Charles has got different ideas to Queen Elizabeth.

“So, it’ll be interesting to see whether King Charles just holds the fort for William or whether he tries to be the king that he’s always wanted to be and maybe creates a more difficult handover for William.”

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Harry and Meghan backed to ‘reconcile’ with Royal Family as Queen’s reign nearing end

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PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have been backed to “reconcile” with the Royal Family in the future.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duties in 2020, in a move dubbed Megxit. Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, relocated to California, to pursue a “financially independent” life away from the Firm.

Since moving to the US with their first child Archie, now two, the couple also welcomed their new daughter to the world.

Lilibet “Lili” Diana was born in June and shares her moniker with her 95-year-old great-grandmother the Queen.

Since the Sussexes move to the US, they’ve not made a return trip to the UK as a family of four.

Harry has returned to the UK on two occasions since stepping away from royal duties, but never with his wife or children in tow.

He returned in April for a short visit to attend the funeral of the late Prince Philip, who died aged 99.

He also returned in July to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana, with his brother Prince William, 39.

Both appearances notably came following the bombshell interview he and Meghan did with US TV chat show host Oprah Winfrey back in March.

During their appearance, the couple made a series of seismic claims about their time as members of the Firm.

Following the interview, a statement was released by Buckingham Palace noting that “recollections may vary” but that the issues would be addressed privately.

Royal historian Dr Ed Owens however has claimed that the Queen’s recent bout of ill-health, and her reign nearing its end, could see the Sussexes “reconcile” with the royals.

He told Express.co.uk: “Harry will definitely be at his grandmother’s funeral when she does finally die.

“And if the relationship between Meghan and the British Royal Family has improved by then, I see no reason why she wouldn’t attend either.

“However, time will tell.”

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