Rafael Nadal makes a wisest choice to give himself a last Olympic dream

The Spanish champion confirmed his presence in Bastad before the Olympics, giving up Wimbledon

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Rafael Nadal makes a wisest choice to give himself a last Olympic dream
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"To prepare for the Olympic Games, I will participate in the Bastad tournament in Sweden. A competition that I played at the beginning of my career and where I had a lot of fun, both on and off the court. I can't wait to see you all there."

Rafael Nadal has announced his participation in the Bastad tournament, in preparation for the Paris Olympic Games. The Spanish champion will try to prepare himself as best as possible for his return to the Roland Garros Stadium with more minutes spent on clay-courts in the Swedish ATP 250 tournament. The Spaniard will surely find Jannik Sinner who, after Wimbledon, decided to play a preparatory tournament on clay, first coming back to Paris.

"During my post-match press conference at Roland Garros I was asked about my summer calendar and since then I have been training only on clay. Yesterday it was announced that I will play in the Paris Olympics in the summer, my last.
With this objective, I believe (in mutual agreement with my team) that the best thing for my body is not to change surfaces and to continue playing on clay until that appointment. This is why I will miss playing the Wimbledon Championships, this year. I am saddened not to be able to experience the fantastic atmosphere of that extraordinary event which will always be in my heart, and be with all the British fans who have always given me great support. I will miss all of you,"
said Nadal in the same statement, making his absence from Wimbledon official.

Nadal's choice, however painful, was wise. His body, already tested this year by injuries and physical problems (despite the few matches played) would not have withstood the drastic change of surface that occurs in the clay-grass courts transition. Wimbledon is every tennis player's dream, but Rafa's priority is to compete for an Olympic medal for the last time. And this too is a flawless reasoning. I remain of the opinion that Rafa is unlikely to play Wimbledon again but, as he himself said, he has not yet decided whether to stop this year or try to give himself a chance in 2025 as well. Nadal may have decided to skip Wimbledon for this very reason. Maybe, if his body holds up, he could greet the London fans next year. He who knows.

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Furthermore, at the Paris Olympics, Rafa will give a great gift to all tennis lovers. The news that he had been in the air for a few days is now official. Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal will play doubles together at the Paris Olympic tournament. The captain of the Spanish national team, David Ferrer, officially announced it. Alcaraz, after winning Roland Garros, will return to the field next week, at Queen's, on the London grass-courts. Carlos Alcaraz's mind is already projected towards Wimbledon, where he will try to repeat the success of last year's final victory over Novak Djokovic. At the historic Queen's preparatory event for Wimbledon, Alcaraz will be the number 1 seed of the tournament because, the same week, Jannik Sinner, world number 1, will lead the seeding of the ATP 500 in Halle.

After Queen's there will be another week without tournaments and then, finally, the highly anticipated Wimbledon will be played, which this year is scheduled from Monday 1 July to Sunday 14 July. Here Alcaraz's program will be very linked to how things go in the third Slam of the season. If he gets to the end, Carlitos has left the possible participation in a tournament on clay on hold for now, to get back to familiarizing himself with that surface in view of the Paris Olympics which start on July 27th with the final on August 4th at Roland Garros . Everything must be linked to the fact that Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will officially play doubles together at the Olympics.

We recall Paula Badosa (an idea for an eventual mixed doubles for Nadal or Alcaraz - ed.), who communicated to fans the latest updates regarding the injury, will not be at the Paris Olympic Games.

"Due to my current situation, unfortunately I won't be able to go to the Olympic Games, which I was very excited about.
It was a very complicated decision for me, it's difficult for me to have to give up playing for my country. Due to calendar and surface changes, my back cannot respond to such efforts. I would like my professional situation to be different, but after this injury I have to approach my career differently and give up things that are very important to me. And I have no choice but to accept it,"
she told.

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