Rafael Nadal’s coach and uncle Toni Nadal has acknowledged that his nephew is extremely disappointed on being unable to take part in the London Olympics.
Toni shared that this is the toughest time of Nadal’s career, as he had to lead his country’s contingent and carry Spain’s national flag during the opening ceremony of Olympics.
Talking to the media people in a recent interview, Nadal’s uncle said, “Rafa has done everything possible to be in a position to go to London. This is one of the worst moments for him. What hurts most is that he cannot be the flag-bearer; it is one of the biggest disappointments of his life. Rafa was aware of the fact that these would be the last Olympics, so you can imagine how he feels right now. ”
The 25-year-old faced an upset loss at the hands of Lukas Rosol of Czech Republic in the second round of Wimbledon. He later revealed that he was having some problem with his knes but it should not risk his participation in the Olympics. He disappointed his fans by announcing the news of his withdrawal from the Games.
Toni added, “We tried to force the issue but cannot do anything. The left knee still hurts. We had to do what the doctors told us, and their advice was to stay with the preparation. This morning when we went on court to train, we soon realized that there was nothing we could do and that it was not worth risking the impeding the chance of another player to participate in the Olympics. We insisted that was the wish of his life to play in the Olympic Games. Losing this opportunity is more painful than any other tournament because while each year there are Slams, the Olympics are only once every four years. It’s something really sad. ”
Nadal was also aiming to defend his Gold Medal at these Games as he had captured the top honor four years ago in Beijing.
Toni also shared that they are hoping that Nadal will recover from this knee injury before the last Grand Slam of the season, the US Open.
He stated, “We have no date set for his return but I think that he will recover for the next Grand Slam.”
All the tennis followers want Nadal to get fully fit soon and treat them with his majestic game. They want to see the big tournaments with complete line up of ‘BIG 4’ i.e. Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.