Rafael Nadal will not compete at Wimbledon or the Tokyo Olympics. The 35-year-old tennis player announced on Thursday that he will focus his efforts on the US Open, so he will not attend the great British (from June 28) or the Olympic event (from July 23).
“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. 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 in order to extend my sports career and continue doing what makes me happy; compete at the highest level and continue fighting for professional and personal challenges at the highest level in a competitive manner, ”said the Manacor.
“The fact that there are only two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year has not 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 ”, continues Nadal in his message.
“At this time in my career as an athlete, an important part is preventing any type of excesses in my body that could prevent further fighting in the medium and long term for the titles. I want to send a special greeting to all my fans around the world, to those in the UK and in Japan. The Olympic Games have meant a lot in my career and have always been a priority as an athlete, where I found the environment that every athlete wants to feel at least once in their career. Personally, I was lucky enough to experience them intensely on three occasions and also to be the standard bearer of my country ”, Nadal concludes.