Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard and 20-time Grand Slam winner, will not participate in Wimbledon and will not compete in Tokyo’s Olympic Games. Nadal shared on Twitter, “It’s not an easy decision, but after listening to my body and talking to my team about it, I understand that it’s the right decision.” Due to the postponement of Roland Garros this year, there was only a two-week break until Wimbledon. This fact had not made it “any easier for his body to recover after the always demanding clay-court season”.
To pass on the Olympic Games in Tokyo was also not an easy decision for world number two. Nadal competed in three Olympics, winning gold in singles in Beijing in 2008 and carrying the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. The Olympic Games “always meant a lot”, and he had always found the “spirit that every athlete in the world wants to live.”
However, with the decision not to play, he aims to prolong his career in tennis and “continue to fight at the highest level for these professional and personal goals.”