Even as his participation in the Rogers Cup in Toronto remains in doubt, there’s however been some welcome cheer that’s come Rafael Nadal’s way. The Spaniard, who’d appealed to the ITF regarding participating at the Rio Games, was successful in the same and has officially been included in the ITF’s list of athletes, who would be playing in Rio, later this August.
The world no. 4, gold medallist in the singles competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics is to be Spain’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.
Rafael Nadal has won his appeal to the ITF to play in the Rio Olympics after failing to meet eligibility requirements. — Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) July 15, 2016
However, given that he hadn’t played the mandated three Davis Cup ties between two Olympics, i.e. the 2012 London Games and the forthcoming Rio Games, because of injury-related absences, his participation hung in the proverbial balance.
Between 2012 and now, Nadal has played in only two Davis Cup ties. He was a part of Spain’s squad that defeated Ukraine 5-0 in the World Group play-off in 2013. Nadal won both of the rubbers he played – the singles rubber and the doubles rubber with Marc Lopez.
Two years later, in 2015, he helped his country stave off relegation in the Group I Europe/Africa zone play-off tie, where Spain defeated Denmark. Again Nadal was successful in his singles and doubles rubber, where he’d partnered Fernando Verdasco.
Though Nadal had to miss the entire grass season with an injured wrist, he was however focused and had been working single-mindedly to get himself fit either before, or for the Rio Olympics especially since he’d had to miss the London Games because of injury-related concerns as well.