2008 Olympic Gold singles champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the London 2012 Olympics, saying he is “not in condition” to compete.
Since Nadal won his record-breaking seventh Rolland Garros in June, he was knocked out of Halle in the quarter-finals and was then stunned by world number 100 Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon.
The 26-year-old is suffering from tendinitis of the knee and will be unable to defend the singles title he won at Beijing in 2008. The Spanish 11-time Grand Slam winner was set to carry his nation’s flag during the opening ceremony in London but he has decided not be be involved in any aspect during London 2012.
Nadal’s press secretary confirmed the news to Spanish newspaper Marca. “I’m not able to compete in the Olympic Games in London and therefore I will not be travelling as planned with the Spanish delegation to compete.” said Nadal. “I have to think about the good of Spanish sport, especially of Spanish tennis and let someone else play who is better prepared to compete.”
“I do not find myself in a condition to compete,” he said. “It is one of the saddest moments of my career.”
Feliciano Lopez will now replace Nadal in the singles for the 2012 Olympic games and Lopez will be joined by David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco in Spain’s Tennis team for the Singles.