Nadal won’t play Wimbledon and not even Tokyo Olympics: still physical problems – Corriere.it

Rafa Nadal could make a tough decision, it was already understood after the semi-final finish at Roland Garros: now the official announcement has also arrived. The Spaniard will not play at Wimbledon, and will also miss the Tokyo Olympic tournament.

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He’s no longer a kid, Rafa: two weeks ago he turned 35 and compared to normal, there are only two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon. A sudden jump in order to risk compromising your physical condition. “I have decided that this year I will not participate in the Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympic Games – his words on social media -. Making a decision is never easy, but after listening to my body and discussing it with my team , I knew it was the right decision. The goal is to expand my career and continue doing what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and continue to fight for these professional and personal goals at the highest level of competition The fact that there are only two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon complicates my physical recovery after a very demanding mud season. Two months has been a great effort and the decision seems medium and long term .Avoiding any kind of extravagance is an important factor at this time in my career to continue playing at a high level.I want to send a special message to my fans all over the world, especially my fans in UK and Japan. The Olympics have always meant a lot to me and have always been my priority. Got the feeling that every athlete in the world wants. Personally I had the opportunity to experience three of them and also have the honor of being the standard-bearer of my country ».

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However, this was not enough to persuade him to ask too much about his almost indestructible body. In 2019, the last edition played before the last year’s one was canceled due to the pandemic, Nadal succumbed to Roger Federer in the semi-finals: so he would not defend the 720 points he had achieved, but still among them. Will be able to keep half the change in scores taken during covid. The last edition of the championship left by the Spaniard was in 2016. However, at the Olympic Games, Nadal won gold medals in 2008 in Beijing in singles and in doubles in Rio. Who knows if, in 3 years, 38-year-old Nadal will find himself having another five-ring dream.

June 17, 2021 (Change to June 17, 2021 | 15:41)

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