Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon and the Olympics citing the need to rest his body, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced today.
“Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” Nadal posted on social media.
“The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at he maximum level of competition.
“The fact that there has only been 2 weeks between RG and Wimbledon, didn’t make it easier on my body to recuperate after the always demanding clay court season. They have been two months of great effort and the decision I take is focused looking at the mid and long term.
“Sport prevention of any kind of excess in my body is a very important factor at this stage of my career in order to try to keep fighting for the highest level of competition and titles.
“I want to send a special message to my fans around the world, to those in the United Kingdom and Japan in particular.
“The Olympic Games always meant a lot and they were always a priority as a Sports person, I found the spirit that every sports person in the world wants to live. I personally had the chance to live 3 of them and had the honor to be the flag bearer for my country.”
The 35-year-old Nadal is a 2-time Wimbledon champion and he won the 2008 singles gold and the 2016 doubles gold at the Olympic games.
It was just six days ago when Nadal and Novak Djokovic battled in an epic French Open semifinal. This will be the fourth time in his career Nadal will miss Wimbledon. He didn’t play the Olympics in 2012 but did in 2004, 2008 and 2016.
By missing Wimbledon, Nadal will not be in the Grand Slam title lead going into New York. Roger Federer can still reach 21 at Wimbledon while Djokovic can tie at 20.
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