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Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics

June 17, 2021
Rafael Nadal has announced he is pulling out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. — Courtesy photo
Rafael Nadal has announced he is pulling out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics. — Courtesy photo



MADRID — Rafael Nadal has announced he is pulling out of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.

In a statement posted on his official Twitter account, the 20-time grand slam champion said: "It's never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision.”

"The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition.”

"The fact that there has only been two weeks between RG [Roland Garros] and Wimbledon, didn't make it easier on my body to recuperate after the always demanding clay court season. They have been two months of great effort and the decision I take is focused looking at the mid and long term," Nadal added.

Nadal's last outing on a tennis court was a semifinal defeat to Novak Djokovic at this month's French Open — only his third ever defeat on the Parisian clay.



Wimbledon is scheduled to run from June 28 to July 11, with the Tokyo Olympics poised to be staged from July 23 to August 8. — Agencies

June 17, 2021
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