Martinez rips Rafael Nadal's participation at Paris Olympics: "It's an injustice"

Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta will play the Olympic tournament thanks to the 'frozen' ranking, effectively excluding their countryman

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Martinez rips Rafael Nadal's participation at Paris Olympics: "It's an injustice"
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Apparently, not everyone is happy to see Rafael Nadal competing at the Paris Olympic Games. In fact, his countryman Pedro Martinez criticized the ATP's choice to grant the 22-time Slam champion the possibility of using the protected ranking system to be able to participate in the Paris Olympic tournament, which will be played on the clay-courts of Bois de Boulogne.

Martinez considers this decision a real injustice. A maximum of four tennis players per nation can participate in the Olympics, and precisely because of the place reserved for the 22-time Slam champion, Martinez will be the first of those excluded.

The 27-year-old currently occupies the 48th position in the ATP ranking, third Spaniard in order of ranking after Carlos Alcaraz and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Protected ranking, which allows players who have not been able to participate in any tournament due to injury for a minimum of six months to take part in the competition with their ranking frozen; this will guarantee a place for Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta, keeping Martinez out.

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In an interview given during the Roland Garros, the Spaniard said he was disappointed and expressed his opinion on the fairness of the protected ranking system.

"In this case, the protected ranking is an injustice because none of us missed the Olympic Games due to injury, regardless of whether it is Rafa, who we all want to see at the Olympic Games, including me as a fan. I don't see it as quite right.

Like if I get injured now and in four years I use the protected ranking at the Los Angeles Games," he explained. Martinez finally concluded by saying that in his opinion he deserved to take part in the Paris Olympic Games.

"I think I deserve to go to the Olympic Games this year. And not going because of a situation like this is a little unfair. But you can't control it and that's it," he told.

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