ITF's approach to Rafael Nadal's 2024 Paris Olympics participation revealed

Nadal, 37, will be aiming to make his final Olympic appearance in Paris next year.

by Dzevad Mesic
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ITF's approach to Rafael Nadal's 2024 Paris Olympics participation revealed
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ITF President David Haggerty has highlighted that organization wants Rafael Nadal at the Paris Olympics and will do everything in their power to encourage the Spaniard to play at next year's Olympics. Nadal, 37, hasn't played since sustaining an injury to his psoas muscle during this year's Australian Open.

Nadal has since had a surgery on his psoas muscle and his target is to return to action at the start of the 2024 season. In May, Nadal announced his plans to retire in 2024 and underlined that competing at the French Open and Paris Olympics would be his big goal.

"We know what a champion he is and a medallist a number of times so it certainly could be a storybook ending, so to speak, for him. It would be great. Whether he does or not, will be up to him. But we'll do everything we can to encourage him to play, because I think it would be great.

Knowing that it's in Paris, at Roland Garros, where he's had such tremendous success would be a great venue for him to be able to compete at," Haggerty told Reuters.

The ITF hopes Nadal will play at the Paris Olympics

Nadal made his Olympic debut in 2008, when he won the gold medal in the singles competition.

Eight years later at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Nadal won the gold medal in the doubles event with Marc Lopez. In 2021, Nadal skipped the Tokyo Olympics after consulting with his doctors. "I think the main thing for him is just being healthy and feeling he can compete at the level that he wants to, because that's the kind of competitor he is.

He wants to be at the top of his game and we wish him the best," Haggerty said. It remains to be seen if Nadal will make his third Olympic apparance in Paris next year.

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