Rafael Nadal is expected to represent Spain's colors in singles and doubles at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics this summer. For this reason, the 19-time Slam champion has also decided to play double in the first Masters 1000 of the season, which will start in Indian Wells on March 12th.
The Coronavirus epidemic is causing difficulties for many countries, including Japan. Dick Pound, a member of the CIO, said that the Olympic Games will be canceled if there are real health risks. From Tokyo, however, messages of reassurance follow.
This year’s event comes during a busy summer which includes Wimbledon, two Masters 1000 events and culminating in the US Open. Rafa, who won the singles gold medal in Beijing in 2008 and doubles in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, will also try to win a medal in Tokyo.
“I don’t know [if it is my main goal]. I’m just playing the calendar to try to be ready for every single event that I am going to play,” he said to Dubai Eye 103.8 Sport. “Of course the Olympic Games is the most important event in the world of sports so I hope to be ready to be part of another Olympics.
I am excited about it and lets see how things go in the coldest months before the Olympics comes. I am just happy and excited about this 2020 season that is special because we have the Olympics and I hope to be ready to fight for my personal goals" - the 19-time Grand Slam champion added.