Rafael Nadal confirmed that he will play singles at the Olympics in Rio which begin on Saturday. Nadal had been nursing an injured left wrist which led to speculation the former 2008 gold medallist would be unable to play in the singles. But Tuesday, Nadal announced he would play in singles as well as doubles, and possible in mixed.
“The team and I decided that I am going to play,” said Nadal. “It’s obvious that it’s not the ideal situation but at the same time my captain had the confidence today that the best option is to try to have some positive results for our country.
“The best thing is doing the six hours of practice that the wrist is not worse than yesterday – that’s great news.
“I’m excited to be in the Olympics – this [happens] once every four years. You never know what’s going on in the future and I lost London. I’m excited to be here and I am motivated to play.”
Nadal will partner with Marc Lopez in the doubles and if he feels good enough will play in the mixed with fellow French Open winner Garbine Muguruza.
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