For the first time in five years, 20-time Major winner Rafael Nadal will not compete at the next Wimbledon. With five clay court tournaments in two months, Nadal lost a lot of energy and didn't have enough time to prepare for the All England Club.
Furthermore, the Spaniard will not seek the third Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, withdrawing from that event and setting his eyes on the North American tour. Nadal's coach Carlos Moyá confirmed that Rafa should return to Toronto and play in Cincinnati and the US Open.
The Spaniard wants to give it his all in the last Major of the season, where he won two titles in the previous four years. Rafa will take a couple of weeks off the court before starting his preparation for the North American tournaments, hoping to get back to playing his best after ups and downs during the clay season.
Last year, Nadal did not travel to the United States for Cincinnati and the US Open, he stayed at home in Mallorca and seemed eager to play in front of American fans again in two months. Rafa remains in the top 3 despite turning 35 15 days ago, winning two titles so far in 2021.
The Spaniard got off to a slower start due to a back injury experienced in Adelaide in January, reaching the quarterfinals. final at the Australian Open and losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Away from the court for nearly two months, Nadal returned to Monte Carlo and experienced a quarter-final loss to Andrey Rublev in three sets, unable to match the Russian's pace in the final set.
Mats Wilander opens up on Rafael Nadal
In a recent interview with Marca, Mats Wilander was unhappy as Rafael Nadal had withdrawn from both Wimbledon Championships as well as the Tokyo Olympics 2021. “I can understand that the Games pose a physical risk, especially since the US Open is coming later.
But I am disappointed that Rafa does not play at Wimbledon. I suppose he will have a good reason for having been erased because, otherwise, he would not have done it. It is clear that the scarce two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon have not helped if you consider Nadal’s style of play,” Mats Wilander said.
(quotes have been translated) Now Nadal will next be seen on the hard courts. He is very much looking forward to the American swing with an eye on the final Grand Slam of the year, US Open 2021. “I think he has played too much on clay, although it is what he usually does. I would have liked to see the ‘Big Three ‘back fighting to continue making history“.