Doubts about his participation in Wimbledon had been hovering for a few days already, but Rafael Nadal did not let the rumors chase each other too much and announced on Twitter that he will not take part in the 2021 edition of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to 2021 in cause of the pandemic.
We will not see the Spaniard on the pitch for a couple of months, certainly not until August. Since he permanently occupies the top 100, Rafael Nadal had only missed three editions of Wimbledon: that of 2004, that of 2009 (withdrawal announced when the scoreboard was completed, due to a knee problem) and that of 2016 due to an injury to his left wrist.
He will not be able to defend the 720 points he won in the last edition of Wimbledon, that of 2019, but he will still be able to keep half of them (360) by virtue of the changes made to the ranking during the pandemic. His absence also involves an important leap forward for Matteo Berrettini, who passes from ninth seed to eighth: this means that he will avoid pairing with the various Thiem, Zverev, Rublev and Federer in the eighths, crossing instead (at the moment) one between Schwartzman, Carreño Busta, Bautista Agut and Shapovalov.
The Austrian would currently become the fourth seed, but will be overtaken by Zverev if the latter reaches at least the semifinals in Halle. As for his Olympic curriculum, a tournament that, as mentioned, saw him participate on three occasions, Nadal won gold in singles in Beijing 2008 and gold in doubles in Rio 2016, paired with Marc Lopez, edition in which was defeated by Nishikori in the final for the bronze.
Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s Wimbledon Championships
In a massive disappointment for his legions of fans, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s Wimbledon Championships as well as the Tokyo Olympics.
Announcing the shattering news on Twitter, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said that he took the decision on the advice of his team. “Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” he said. “The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at he maximum level of competition,” Nadal added.