The worst fears have been confirmed this Thursday: Rafa Nadal resigns from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. The Balearic, who after falling eliminated in the Roland Garros semifinals against Djokovic was enigmatic Regarding his most immediate calendar, he confirmed the news through several messages on his social networks. “Hello everyone. I want to let you know that I have decided not participate in the next edition of Wimbledon that will be played from June 28 to July 11. Nor will I play the Olympics finally scheduled from July 24 to 30, “the Manacor said in the first instance.
Afterwards, Rafa continued explaining the reasons that led him to make this difficult choice: “It is a decision that is never easy to make and after listening to my body and talking to my team, I understand that it is the right decision with him. goal of extending my sports career and keep doing what makes me happy; compete at the highest level and continue to fight for professional and personal challenges at the highest level in a competitive way. The fact that there is only two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, it hasn’t helped my body recover from the always demanding clay court season. It has been two months of great effort and the decision I make is focused on the medium and long term. In these moments of my career as an athlete, an important part is the prevention of any type of excesses in my body that could prevent further fighting in the medium and long term for the titles “.
Hello everybody. I want to inform you that I have decided not to participate in the next edition of Wimbledon that will be held from June 28 to July 11. Nor will I play the Olympic Games finally scheduled for July 24-30.
– Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 17, 2021
The Navy, depleted in Tokyo
Thus, the loss of Nadal will be a serious setback for the aspirations of Spanish tennis in Tokyo, since his absence joins that of a Roberto Bautista who announced this week his resignation from the Games. In this way, The Navy will not have the two best Spanish ATP rankings in the Japanese capital(3rd Nadal, 10th Baptist) and his resignation makes the list run and, in addition to Pablo Carreño and Alejandro Davidovich, the turn comes by ranking to Albert Ramos and Feliciano López (39 years old), although Ramos does not seem very encouraged to attend .
A jug of cold water for both the Balearic and Spanish tennis fans, who will not be able to enjoy its quality for the fourth time at a Wimbledon (after 2004, 2009 and 2016) where they aspired to break the 20 Grand Slams with Roger Federer, nor in the Games, where could achieve a third medal after the individual gold in Beijing 2008 and the gold in doubles with Marc López in Rio 2016. While we count the days to see when Nadal reappears (it won’t be before the American tour that starts in August), The London Grand Slam was quick to react to the news, wishing the Spaniard a quick return: “We hope to see you next year, Rafa.” His followers and the world of sports, too.