Rafael Nadal’s Olympics participation in jeopardy as per German Tennis head
Rafael Nadal's Paris Olympics participation in doubt
Rafael Nadal (Image via ESPN)
Tennis fans have reluctantly accepted Rafael Nadal‘s pullout from the remaining 2023 season with the only hope of seeing him at the Paris Olympics next year. They thoroughly missed the Spaniard’s appearance in Paris for the French Open.
They would want him to make up for his absence by competing at the Olympics next year. However, a few complications have arrived with the German tennis federation president, Dietloff von Arnim, calling out some rules.
The ITF rules suggest that a player to compete at the Olympics must be selected for the Davis Cup team for two years preceding the Olympics. Arnim was quick to point that out as he in his interview with the City AM Newspaper raised questions on the Spaniard’s participation. This is what he said, “Rafa wants to play at Paris 2024 but the ITF rules make it difficult. We need to facilitate this. So we have to involve the players and make our decisions understandable.”
Fans would not want any such complications to get in the way of the Spaniard’s participation. They would pray everything goes smoothly, as they can’t miss the Spaniard for two years in a row in Paris. However, Nadal will have to be careful of such rules, as they can certainly be taken seriously and affect his participation.
The loophole that Rafael Nadal can use to play the Olympics
Nadal fans don’t need to worry a lot, as there are a few loopholes in the ITF rules. Nadal can play one year of the Davis Cup and still make it to the Paris Olympics. Another loophole is that he does not need to play the matches. He can be a part of the team and also fulfill his Paris dream. The captain of Spain can very well say that he didn’t want to pick Nadal for the matches.
By using this method, Nadal can be a part of Davis without hitting a single ball and focus entirely on his recovery. Now it is up to the Nadal camp if they want to exercise these loopholes and take advantage of them. The Nadal fan club would certainly wish that and would want to see their favorite superstar at the Olympics.
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