Report: Nadal withdraws from London Olympics
The Associated Press reports that Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the London Olympics, saying he is "not in condition" to compete. Nadal, a gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was set to be the flag bearer for Spain during the opening ceremony. In his last match, Nadal lost in the second round of Wimbledon to then 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol.
"I have to think about my companions, I can't be selfish and I have to think of what's best for Spanish sport, especially tennis and Spanish players, and give fellow sportsmen with better preparation the chance to compete," Nadal said, according to the AP. "I tried to hurry my preparations and training to the very last minute, but it was not to be."
"(This) is one of the saddest days of my career as one of my biggest ambitions, that of being Spain's flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the games in London, cannot be," Nadal added. "You can imagine how difficult it was to take this decision."