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The 20-time Grand Slam champion cited a desire "to prolong his career...and compete at the highest level" in a statement posted to social media.
Published Jun 17, 2021
Rafael Nadal revealed on social media Thursday morning that he would miss both the Wimbledon Championships and Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who cites the two-week turnaround between Roland Garros and Wimbledon as critical to his decision, first won an Olympic Gold medal at the Beijing Games in 2008—and later won gold in doubles with Marc Lopez in 2016. He last hoisted the Wimbledon trophy in 2010.
“The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy,” Nadal wrote in his statement, “that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition.”
Nadal endured only his third career loss at Roland Garros last week when he bowed out to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. Djokovic went on to win a 19th major title and put himself a mere two wins from surpassing Nadal and Roger Federer in total major victories.
The 35-year-old Spaniard won the US Open in his most recent appearance in 2019, and is likely aiming to return for the North American summer hard-court swing following the Olympics.
The tennis world promptly took to Twitter to wish the No. 1 well as he begins his recovery: