Rafael Nadal announced his withdrawal from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.
“It’s never an easy decision to make but after listening to my body and discussing it with my team, I understand it’s the right decision. The goal is to extend my career and to continue doing what makes me happy, which is to play at the highest level, ”said the 35-year-old Spanish player on Twitter, who has just handed over his title to Roland-Garros to Novak Djokovic, who beat him in the semi-finals in Paris.
The Spaniard does not specifically indicate in his communication if he suffers from an injury, but refers to the close schedules between Roland Garros and Wimbledon to justify his absence from the London grass tournament.
“It has just passed two months of great efforts and the decision that I am taking in the medium and long term. Preventing any form of excess in my body is a very important factor at this stage of my career in trying to keep fighting for the highest level of competition and titles ”.
Nadal has suffered in recent seasons from knee injuries which have sometimes kept him away from the field for a long time.
The Spaniard had already had to withdraw from the London Games in 2012, due to a knee problem. He was the flag bearer of the Spanish delegation during the last Rio Olympics in 2016.
Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tournament, will take place from June 28 to July 11. The Olympic tennis tournament is scheduled for July 24-30 in Tokyo.
Nadal won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010 and reached the semi-finals in his last two London Grand Slam appearances (beaten by Novak Djokovic in 2018 and Roger Federer in 2019). Wimbledon was recalled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the Olympics, the Mallorcan won gold in singles in 2008 in Beijing and in 2016 in doubles in Rio de Janeiro, alongside Marc Lopez.