Will Rafael Nadal play in the Olympics? Tennis star reveals status for Wimbledon, Olympic games
Fans pining for the return of the King (of clay) will be left waiting for a pretty long time.
Rafael Nadal was upended in the French Open semifinals on June 11, losing to eventual tourney winner Novak Djokovic in four sets. While Nadal’s loss kept him from his latest — and potentially record-setting — major win, the grueling lead-up and tournament play are forcing him to step away from the court for the coming months.
On June 17, Nadal revealed he’s stepping away from the court for a few months, and won’t pick up a racket competitively until summer’s end, much to the chagrin of fans waiting to see history set at Wimbledon.
Here’s what you need to know about Nadal’s absence:
On June 17, Nadal revealed he won’t play at Wimbeldon or the Tokyo Olympics, citing rest for his main reason to stay away from the court.
With Wimbledon beginning on June 28, the window between Nadal’s last match (June 11) and the start of Wimbledon was too short, with the Olympics kicking off a month afterwards. Nadal, who has dealt with a bevy of injuries in his career, plans to rest up his body in preparation for the US Open in New York City, starting on August 30.
Nadal posted a lengthy Twitter thread explaining his decision to withdraw from both events on Thursday:
Nadal sitting out of the 2020 Olympic games, means his 2016 gold-medal winning performance in doubles competition may be the last time he plays in an Olympic games.
Nadal has two gold medals representing Spain: the 2016 doubles performance alongside fellow countryman Marc Lopez and his 2008 gold medal in singles competition, defeating Fernando González of Chile for the medal.
Nadal has two Wimbledon titles and has reached the finals five times. He was a semifinalist in the last two Wimbledons in 2018 and 2019.
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