Tennis great and 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal quits Tokyo Games
and Wimbledon 2021 in a bid to focus on taking care of his body and prolonging his
career. Nadal has won Wimbledon once and won the Olympic gold in men’s singles
tennis in 2008
The Spaniard hinted that he was a doubt for the SW19 tournament, which starts on
June 28, following his epic four-hour, four-set defeat to Novak Djokovic in the French
Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon
and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. 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
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 17, 2021
Nadal, who is tied on 20 Grand Slams with Roger Federer, has also expressed his
reservation about going to Japan next month due to the restrictions and Covid-19
protocols in place.
In a statement put out on social media to his 15.5milllion Twitter followers, world No3
Nadal said that the fortnight gap between the French Open finishing and the start of
Wimbledon was too little time to rest and recover.
The 35-year-old, who is back home in Mallorca, 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
“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 he maximum level of competition.
“The fact that there has only been two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon
didn’t make it easier on my body to recuperate after the always demanding clay-court
“They have been two months of great effort and the decision I take is focused looking at
the mid and long term.
“Sport prevention of any kind of excess in my body is a very important factor at this stage
of my career in order to try to keep fighting for the highest level of competition and
titles. “I want to send a special message to my fans around the world, to those in the
United Kingdom and Japan in particular.