Followers pining for the return of the King (of clay) will probably be left ready for a reasonably very long time.
Rafael Nadal was upended within the French Open semifinals on June 11, dropping to eventual tourney winner Novak Djokovic in 4 units. Whereas Nadal’s loss saved him from his newest — and doubtlessly record-setting — main win, the grueling lead-up and match play are forcing him to step away from the court docket for the approaching months.
On June 17, Nadal revealed he is stepping away from the court docket for a number of months, and will not choose up a racket competitively till summer season’s finish, a lot to the chagrin of followers ready to see historical past set at Wimbledon.
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Will Rafael Nadal play within the Olympics?
On June 17, Nadal revealed he will not play at Wimbeldon or the Tokyo Olympics, citing relaxation for his most important purpose to keep away from the court docket.
With Wimbledon starting on June 28, the window between Nadal’s final match (June 11) and the beginning of Wimbledon was too brief, with the Olympics kicking off a month afterwards. Nadal, who has handled a bevy of accidents in his profession, plans to relaxation up his physique in preparation for the US Open in New York Metropolis, beginning on August 30.
Nadal posted a prolonged Twitter thread explaining his resolution to withdraw from each occasions on Thursday:
Hello all, I’ve determined to not take part at this 12 months’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Video games in Tokyo. It’s by no means a straightforward resolution to take however after listening to my physique and focus on it with my staff I perceive that it’s the proper resolution
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 17, 2021
Hello all, I’ve determined to not take part at this 12 months’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Video games in Tokyo. It is by no means a straightforward decisiion to take however after listening to my physique and focus on it with my staff I perceive that it’s the proper resolution
The objective is to extend my profession and proceed to do what makes me completely satisfied, that’s to compete on the highest degree and hold combating for these skilled and private targets at he (sic) most degree of competitors.
The truth that there has solely been 2 weeks between RG and Wimbledon did not make it simpler on my physique to recuperate after the all the time demanding clay court docket season. They’ve been two months of nice effort and the choice I take is concentrated trying on the mid and long run. …
The Olympic Video games all the time meant loads and so they have been all the time a precedence as a Sports activities individual, I discovered the spirit that each sports activities individual on the planet desires to dwell. I personally had the possibility to dwell 3 of them and had the consideration to be the flag bearer for my nation.
Nadal sitting out of the 2020 Olympic video games, means his 2016 gold-medal profitable efficiency in doubles competitors stands out as the final time he performs in an Olympic video games.
Nadal has two gold medals representing Spain: the 2016 doubles efficiency alongside fellow countryman Marc Lopez and his 2008 gold medal in singles competitors, defeating Fernando González of Chile for the medal.
Nadal has two Wimbledon titles and has reached the finals 5 instances. He was a semifinalist within the final two Wimbledons in 2018 and 2019.