Rafael Nadal withdraws from London 2012 and is unable to defend his medal

July 19, 2012

ATP Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

On Thursday, the sporting world was in shock and disappointment to learn that the men’s defending champion of the Olympic Gold medal, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn due to continuing injury problems with his knees.

This is likely to come as a bitter blow to the sportsman, his country, team, compatriots and fans all around the world, who were looking forward to seeing him compete at the Olympic Games in Wimbledon.

The best Spanish Tennis player currently on the circuit, who was in line to carry the flag in London 2012, will be unable to compete at the grass tournament due to physical problems. He cited:

“I’m not in the right physical condition to compete in London and therefore won’t be flying as planned with the Spanish delegation.”
After being chosen to bear the flag for the Spanish expedition, the Spanish top seeds decision to withdraw will have been even harder than simply choosing not to compete at the games, as the tennis was also chosen to be the flag bearer at the opening ceremony.  This decision will not have been made lightly by Nadal as he was looking forward to having the honour of carrying the flag and defend his Olympic title:
“It’s one of the saddest days of my career, because one of my dreams and what might have been the most special moment of my life was to carry the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. So I’m sure you can imagine how difficult this decision has been.”
Rafael Nadal is a fair sportsperson who would not want to deny an opportunity for one of his compatriots to participate in the Games if he was not 100% healthy and able to win another medal for his country.  For now all he can do is concentrate on his recuperation and become healthy to compete on the courts during the American hard courts swing in the summer.  We all wish him a speedy recovery and no doubt he will be sorely missed in London.
Here is the official statement by the Spaniard:
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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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