Nadal Withdraws from 2012 Olympic Games
World No. 3 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from defending his 2008 gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Nadal released the following statement:
“I am not in condition to compete in the London Olympics and therefore will not travel as planned with the Spanish delegation to take part in the games.”
“I have to think about my companions, I can’t be selfish and I have to think of what’s best for Spanish sport, especially tennis and Spanish players and give fellow sportsmen with better preparation the chance to compete. I tried to hurry my preparations and training to the very last minute, but it was not to be.”
“Is one of the saddest days of my career as one of my biggest ambitions, that of being Spain’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the games in London, cannot be. You can imagine how difficult it was to take this decision.”