Former tennis world number one Rafael Nadal will not play in the upcoming lawn classic in Wimbledon and has also canceled his Olympic participation. The 35-year-old announced his resignation on Twitter on Thursday, just under a week after the semi-finals at the French Open. The decision was not easy for him, stressed the Spaniard.
Nadal justified his cancellation of the third Grand Slam tournament of the season, which begins on June 28 in Wimbledon, with the only two-week break after the French Open. That doesn’t leave him enough time to relax after the exhausting clay court season. The Mallorcan made it clear that he wanted to rule out any risk to his further career by giving up. It’s never an easy decision, “but after me listened to my body and discussed it with my team, it was the right decision in my opinion, “the message said. The 35-year-old gave no details about the exact duration of the break. Nadal has already expressed pride that he has been so successful for so long despite his exhausting game is on the professional tour.
The Olympic Games meant a lot to him and always had a priority for him as an athlete, wrote the three-time participant. “I found the atmosphere that every athlete should feel at least once,” explained Nadal. The upcoming games in Tokyo, on the other hand, are subject to strict restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The current number three in the world is together with the Swiss Roger Federer with 20 titles still record winners in the four Grand Slam tournaments ahead of the Serb Novak Djokovic, who has 19 titles after the victory in Paris. Nadal triumphed at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, at the Olympics he won gold in singles in 2008 and doubles in 2016.