Rafael Nadal: Next Year I Will Not Play Davis Cup, I Don’t Want To Overplay
by Staff | December 4th, 2011, 4:03 pm

Rafael Nadal led his Spanish team to to its fifth Davis Cup title after beating Juan Martin Del Potro and Argentina.

But because of the complexities in the pro tennis schedule, Nadal announced that next year he would not be available for Davis Cup.

“Next year I will not play,” Nadal said. “Next year is a very complex year. It’s an Olympic year. I have been, for many years, the player that competes the most. No, that’s a lie. I’m one of the players that plays the highest number of games in the year, and I don’t want to overplay. I don’t want to have an incoherent calendar. I want a coherent calendar. I have not played an event that I shouldn’t play. So next year, since it’s an Olympic year, my participation in the Davis Cup is impossible. Then we will think about the future. For the time being, let’s enjoy today. It’s not the most appropriate time to talk about the future, but of course next year I will not play the Davis Cup.

“Thank God Spain has a good level of players, and there are many good players that will replace us that play really high level tennis,” he added.

Nadal finished 2011 ranked No. 2 and even though he failed to win a title since the French Open he ends the year on a high note.

“This is a very good way of finishing the year after a long year,” said Nadal. “It’s helped me. I have been working really hard, so it’s been very good to finish the season this way, so I’m very happy. I’m very grateful to my colleagues that have helped me in this final, and I’m happy to be able to enjoy the triumph now, and that’s it. It’s going to take a very important position in my memories. I don’t know where I will put the trophy, but emotionally, sentimentally, this is something which is good for me. It’s very special. It’s unforgettable.”

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8 Comments for Rafael Nadal: Next Year I Will Not Play Davis Cup, I Don’t Want To Overplay

Nadal Beats Del Potro Giving Spain Its Fifth Davis Cup Title Says:

[…] who is 20-1 in Spain’s ties, added that he will forego playing Davis Cup next season to be ready for the August Olympics in […]

M Says:

Very smart, Rafa. Taking a page out of Roger’s book.
Alberto has been grooming Marcel, among others — and really, after all, not only do you have an Olympic gold medal to defend, but you will still be playing for your country (which is, I believe, where you are at your best).

Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying this day as much as your fans.

Vamos Rafa!!

jamie Says:

Next year will be awesome. Four different slam winners, first time since 2003. :lickslips:

2012 winners:

FO: Arse-picker
Wimbledon: Playstation Addict
USO: Tandil Tower

Olympics: Swiss Miss

alison hodge Says:

i agree with m,rafa doing the smart thing by taking a leaf out of rogers book,and finally curtailing his shedual,hooray about time too,however i dont know if im reading too much into this,but then again it might be just me,but i get the feeling rafas going to call it a day after next year,just by the way hes talking,not playing dc next year to concentrate on the olympics,then we will think about the future,hmm hope im wrong ill be heartbroken the day he does retire from the sport.

Adam Says:

RETIRE!!? Wow bold call…

Michael Says:

Don’t think Rafa is going to call it a day just yet. He has just signed a 3 year deal to play in Halle. Hope we will see him play for many more years. Vamos Rafaaaaaa!!

bstevens Says:

It would be nice to see Rafa and Roger play back-to-back in Halle and Wimbledon. It might give Fed a chance to improve the head to head, although Rafa is probably at least even with him on the surface now.

alison hodge Says:

i think i probably got the wrong impression,it was just the way he was talking,i agree with micheal win or loose i hope to see rafa playing for many more years yet.

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