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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal skip Citi Open, but Kei Nishikori and Daniil Medvedev lead strong field


Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have both opted to skip the Citi Open, leaving Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas to lead the field.

The Citi Open is usually held in Washington D.C. but has been moved to New York this as organisers believe it is easier to maintain social distancing at Flushing Meadows.

However, neither Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal will be there to get an early taste of the action.

Both players are practising on hard courts at the moment, though, meaning they are almost certain, barring any fresh public health emergencies, to play in the US Open, and possibly Cincinnati Masters as well.

 

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It remains a strong field for the Citi Open, however, with nine of the world’s top 20 in the draw.

As well as Medvedev and Tsitsipas, David Goffin, Roberto Bautista Agut, Diego Schwartzman, Karen Khachanov, Denis Shapovalov, Cristian Garin, and Felix Auger-Aliassime have opted to play.

Big-serving American John Isner is also in the draw, as are Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Alex de Minaur, Taylor Fritz, Borna Coric and Benoit Paire.

Andy Murray will not make his ATP return in the tournament, although British duo Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund are hoping to play.


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