The 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal recently made a shocking announcement on social media as he stuns his fans around the world. The Spaniard revealed that he has decided to pull out of the upcoming Wimbledon and the International high-profile event of Olympic Games.
Rafael Nadal reveals the reason behind his decision
Rafael Nadal recently suffered only his third defeat in the French Open against the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Now, he confirmed that he will pull out of Wimbledon 2021 as well as Tokyo Olympics. But why is he withdrawing himself? Nadal revealed that he took the decision to prolong his career.
The Spaniard recently took to his Twitter account and explained his fans about the decision. The 35-year-old sent out a series of Tweets and said that given his age and ‘listening’ to his body, he has come up with the decision.
Nadal wrote: “Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision.”
Rafael Nadal wants to increase the longevity of his career and wants to keep playing in the highest platform.
He continued: “The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition.”
The French Open concluded on June 13 and Wimbledon is set to commence from 28 June. Nadal added that with not much time gap between French Open and Wimbledon, he has decided to rest his body in order to keep continue competing in the future championships.
Nadal sent a special message to his fans and said The Olympic Games always meant a lot to him as a sportsperson.
Sport prevention of any kind of excess in my body is a very important factor at this stage of my career in order to try to keep fighting for the highest level of competition and titles.
Nadal is undoubtedly one of the greatest stars to have stepped foot on the court and he has maximum Grand Slams titles (20) in men’s singles tennis along with Roger Federer.
Federer had pulled out of the French Open after winning his third game in a row to prepare for Wimbledon. It was Djokovic, who clinched his second French Open title by defeating Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas. Now the three top stars are eyeing to lift the Wimbledon trophy.