Rafael Nadal made a huge announcement in regards to his schedule for the 2021 season. The Spaniard has opted out of two marquee events in the next two months, in a move that has surprised several tennis fans.
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of Wimbledon 2021 and Tokyo Olympics this year, and will look to make his comeback during the American hard court season. The Spaniard was last seen in action at French Open 2021, where he was defeated in the semifinals by his fierce rival, Novak Djokovic in a four set thriller.
Rafael Nadal’s participation at Wimbledon 2021 was already in doubt, after he had stated that he would carefully consider the situation, following his loss against Djokovic in Paris. However, his absence from Tokyo Olympics has surely come out of nowhere, with several questions being raised.
Did Rafael Nadal backout of the Olympic Games due to the fear of Covid? Find out the real reason
Many athletes have/will opt out of Tokyo Olympics this year due to the fear of the covid-19 pandemic. In this case, it is very easy to assume that Rafael Nadal’s decision to skip Tokyo Olympics would be triggered by these events.
However, Rafael Nadal revealed that the move to skip the two events has been made in order to prolong his career. Moreover, the Spaniard is in his mid-30s and will have to listen to his body, if he is to stick on the tour for a longer period.
“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,” Nadal wrote on Twitter.
“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,” he added.
Olympic Games holds a huge value for Rafael Nadal, who has always given his best for his nation. The Spaniard has won an Olympic Singles Gold Medal for his country in 2008, and a Doubles Gold at Rio 2016. Hence, it is unlikely that the 35-year pulled out of the games owing to covid-19 fears. His decision might be more influenced by his physical well-being and be injury-free.