Rafael Nadal should sadly skip Wimbledon

The Spanish champion, after the defeat in the first round of the Roland Garros, confirmed that he should skip the Championships to focus on the Paris Olympics

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Rafael Nadal should sadly skip Wimbledon
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The future is not yet certain even if Rafael Nadal knows that there is still one tournament in which he absolutely wants to participate: Paris Olympics. the defeat in the first round of his beloved Roland Garros against Alexander Zverev did not change the plans for the imminent future of the Spanish champion. Nadal has already said in the on-court interview that his immediate future will always be in Paris, for the Olympic tournament. Rafa, who left a glimmer of hope for a possible come back at the Roland Garros, was also honored by many colleagues such as Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek and Carlos Alcaraz, who flocked to the Philippe Chatrier to pay homage to the Spanish champion, in what could be the his farewell at the Parisian Slam. But who knows what the future holds...

A decision that seems to have already been made will make many of his fans sad: Nadal should skip Wimbledon. According to Tennis Major account and as reported by The Tennis Letter, the Spaniard confirmed at the press conference that he will probably skip the Championships, to focus on the Olympics.

"It seems difficult for me now to switch to grass and have the Olympics to play on clay immediately after. I have to analyze but I don't think it would be smart after everything that happened to my body," explained Rafa.

At the press conference after the match against Zverev, Rafa touched on also many other topics: from injuries to his level of play. And so on.

"It was a tough process in every sense, and I got to a point where I was mentally destroyed, you know, in terms of energy, in terms of personal happiness. That's why I said, okay, I've got to finish this. At least I got to play four tournaments. This means a lot to me, and let's see. I don't need to talk about how hard everything was, because if we balance all the things that have happened in my tennis career, in my life, the positive moments are incredibly much heavier. Thanks to tennis, I have had experiences that I could never have imagined without practicing, playing this beautiful sport, and I have been much more successful than I could have ever dreamed. I've had hard times and lows, yes. But on the other hand I have had incredible emotional and positive moments that I am so grateful for and I feel very lucky about it all.

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I'm a simple guy through and through, aren't I? For me, as I have always said, for me the feeling of returning home with the personal satisfaction of doing everything I have in my hands to make things work well, giving myself everything, just in this way I understand my life, you know. That's why I'm not saying I'm retiring today. Ultimately, it's about not feeling like, for a year or a year and a half, that I didn't give myself a chance, a real chance, you know, because right after I started getting a little healthier, I stopped. So in terms of what drives me, what is the force that drives me, I mean, like I said, I'm a simple guy. I like what I do. You know, I'm passionate about sports, I'm passionate about competition. I like to train, I like to play tennis. I'm in a different place in my personal life too, I'm traveling with my son, my wife, you know. I'm enjoying these moments that won't come back. 

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal© Clive Mason / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

So if I continue to enjoy doing what I'm doing and feel competitive and healthy enough to enjoy it, I want to keep going for a while. I don't know how long, but I want to keep going for a while, because they're having fun, I'm having fun, and I need to see, I need to give myself a little more chance to see if my level is growing up and my body is holding up, so let's make a decision.  But give me two months until the Olympics, and then let's see if I can move forward or say, okay, guys, that's more than enough. We see. I mean, today is not the time to analyze all this kind of stuff. It's a good time to move forward, accept the moment and see what's happening," analyzed Rafa.

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