Rafael Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam event winner, won’t 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 newest high athlete to recommend that compressed sports activities schedules after the pandemic had been asking an excessive amount of of their largest stars.
“Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” he wrote in a series of posts on Twitter. “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.”
Nadal has struggled with accidents throughout his profession, and Wimbledon is performed on grass, a floor that’s not his favourite. (He has received there solely twice, and now can have missed the occasion 3 times since 2009.) The Olympics in Tokyo can be performed on hardcourts.
Nadal most not too long ago skipped final yr’s U.S. Open in New York, citing issues about the coronavirus.
Nadal cited the brief turnaround between the French Open and Wimbledon as the purpose for his withdrawal, saying it will not give him sufficient time to recuperate.
Nadal, 35, is coming off a memorable French Open semifinal towards Novak Djokovic final week. In a bid to win the event for the 14th time, Nadal received the first 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 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, successful the singles gold medal in Beijing in 2008. In 2016, he carried the flag of Spain at the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.