Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal confirmed that he will participate in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, despite the doubts raised by the condition of his wrist.
The flag bearer of Spain in Rio assured that “although the state of the wrist is not ideal, the situation has not worsened” and that he will try to be at the highest level in the competition.
Nadal has completed two days of intense training since arriving in Rio de Janeiro. The player’s feelings, off the slopes since last May at the Roland Garros tournament, which he left due to a wrist injury, have been positive.
The Spaniard, currently number five in the world, exercised with greater intensity on Tuesday afternoon with David Ferrer. The session, second of the day, lasted two hours. It culminated in a set at the maximum rate between the two, resolved in the ‘tie break’.
Afterwards, Rafael Nadal was gathered for twenty-five minutes on the central court of the Olympic Tennis Center with his coach Toni Nadal, the team captain Conchhita Martínez and Dr. Ángel Cotorro.
The conversation between the members of the Spanish team led to the determination that Nadal would be part, as planned, in the individual draw, the doubles with Marc López and in the mixed with Garbiñe Muguruza.
The Spanish tennis player said that “the doll has not gotten worse these days and that is good news. I have trained with intensity and together we have decided that my presence in the box was the best option we had.
Nadal, Olympic gold medalist in Beijing 2008, withdrew from the Roland Garros tournament in May due to a left wrist injury. The Spaniard has been away from the competition since then subjected to a conservative treatment. Although his participation in the Masters 1000 in Montreal was scheduled, he declined to participate at the last minute to shore up his Olympic preparation.
Rafael Nadal, who will be Spain’s flag bearer at Friday’s opening ceremony, has stepped up his set-up since arriving in Rio on Sunday. The two days of training have convinced the tennis player to maintain his intention to compete in the competition. EFE