Rafael Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam event winner, is not going to go for No. 21 at Wimbledon this yr, he introduced on Thursday. He additionally pulled out of the Olympics, and in doing so turned the most recent high athlete to recommend that compressed sports activities schedules after the pandemic have been asking an excessive amount of of their largest stars.
“Hello all, I’ve determined to not take part at this yr’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Video games in Tokyo,” he wrote in a series of posts on Twitter. “It’s by no means a straightforward resolution to take however after listening to my physique and talk about it with my crew I perceive that it’s the proper resolution.”
“The purpose is to lengthen my profession and proceed to do what makes me glad, that’s to compete on the highest degree and hold combating for these skilled and private objectives on the most degree of competitors.”
Nadal has struggled with accidents throughout his profession, and Wimbledon is performed on grass, a floor that isn’t his favourite. (He has received there solely twice, and now could have missed the occasion 3 times since 2009.) The Olympics in Tokyo will likely be performed on hardcourts.
Nadal most not too long ago skipped final yr’s U.S. Open in New York, citing issues concerning the coronavirus.
Nadal cited the brief turnaround between the French Open and Wimbledon as the explanation for his withdrawal, saying it could not give him sufficient time to recuperate.
Nadal, 35, is coming off a memorable French Open semifinal in opposition to Novak Djokovic final week. In a bid to win the event for the 14th time, Nadal received the primary set earlier than finally dropping in 4. Djokovic went on to win the event.
Nadal, Djokovic and Roger Federer, 39, are locked in a battle to amass probably the most profession Grand Slam singles titles. Nadal and Federer have 20 and Djokovic has 19. No different participant has greater than 14.
Nadal has performed in three earlier Olympics, profitable the singles gold medal in Beijing in 2008. In 2016, he carried the flag of Spain on the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.