Rafael Nadal ‘saddened’ due to

The Spaniard is avoiding the risk of injury by sticking to clay surfaces instead of switching to grass. Rafael Nadal expressed sadness at missing Wimbledon because he chose to focus on preparing for the Olympics in Paris.

Following his early exit from the French Open, where he hinted strongly that he would continue playing on clay rather than face the physical challenges of transitioning to grass courts, this decision was essentially confirmed by Spanish Olympic team captain David Ferrer on Wednesday. Nadal himself clarified his decision on social media on Thursday, stating that since his post-match press conference at Roland Garros, he has been training on clay.


“It was announced yesterday that I will compete in the Summer Olympics in Paris, my last Olympics. With this goal in mind, we believe that it is best for my body to avoid changing surfaces and to continue playing on clay until then. For this reason, I regret not being able to participate in this year’s Wimbledon Championships. I am saddened by the thought of missing out on the incredible atmosphere of that event, which will always hold a special place in my heart, and not being able to be with all the British fans who have always supported me. I will miss all of you.”


With Nadal expected to retire at some point this season, it appears that his final match at Wimbledon was a quarter-final victory over Taylor Fritz in 2022, after which he withdrew due to injury.

Instead of Wimbledon, the Spaniard will compete on clay at the Nordea Open in Bastad, Sweden, starting on July 15, immediately following Wimbledon.

In addition to aiming for a second Olympic gold medal in singles at Roland Garros, Nadal will also team up with Carlos Alcaraz for the men’s doubles event.

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