Rafael Nadal announced on Thursday his decision not to participate in either the Wimbledon tournament or the Tokyo Olympics to “prevent any kind of excesses” in your body.
Given this, we review their Olympic experiences, alternating medals and casualties since Beijing 2008 and always with South Americans on their way.
In China, was consecrated in single by winning in the final Chilean Fernando González, two-time champion in Athens 2004, by 6-3, 7-6 (2) and 6-3. In doubles, he gave up in the second round with Tommy Robredo.
In Rio 2016, finally, yes carried the flag of his country at the Opening Ceremony. It was Olympic champion in doubles alongside his friend Marc López, defeating Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in the final. In the quarterfinals, the Spanish defeated the Tandilenses Juan Martín Del Potro and Máximo González.
On May 15 of this year, at a press conference in Rome, he questioned his participation in Tokyo. “On a romantic level, I would prefer that you wait another year for the Olympic Games to take place. With normal life, galore …”. A month later, he confirmed his withdrawal.