After the great fortune gathered in the last three editions, the Olympic tennis tournament has returned to deal with multiple perplexities. In fact, 26 of the top 50 players in the world will be missing from the Tokyo Games, a real bloodbath, attenuated only by the confirmation of the presence of Novak Djokovic.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion, fresh from his sixth Wimbledon triumph, had raised concerns about forfeit at the last press conference in London, but the chance to win the 'Calendar Golden Slam' convinced him to fly to Japan.
Instead, his eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be missing, both struggling with some physical ailments. Among those present there will be Pablo Carreno Busta, very ready to make his absolute debut in the five-circle event.
The Spaniard is going through a great moment of form, having just won the title in Hamburg by beating Filip Krajinovic in the final. In a press conference after his triumph at the 'European Open', the 30-year-old Iberian analyzed the decision of his compatriot Nadal not to go to Japan.
Carreno Busta on Rafael Nadal's withdrawal
Speaking about Rafael Nadal's withdrawal, Pablo Carreno Busta pointed out that the two-time gold medalist's age and past record at the Olympics were reason enough to sit out this year.
"Rafa, in the end, is a 34 or 35-year-old player who has already won two gold medals, one individual and one in doubles," Carreno Busta said. "He has played a lot throughout his career. He had already given up on Wimbledon.
It was not a whim," the World No. 11 added. "Surely, he must have thought about it a lot and thought about what is best for his career." A fan compared the two messages that Federer wrote for Rafa and Nole when they won their 20th Grand Slam title.
There seems to be a difference between the two tweets because, for Nadal, Roger wrote a big message and even shared a picture with the Spaniard, congratulating him on his splendid achievement. On the other hand, for Djokovic, Federer just wrote a simple message.
Many more fans laughed at what they believe to be the ‘hypocrisy’ of Federer. A fan even wrote, “Totally hilarious. Roger telling the world who he sees as a threat. Go back to Roger’s history and see who he praises. Compare how he spoke of Murray when Murray was beating him and when he started losing to Roger”.