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Rafael Nadal will not Compete in the Olympic Games

Written by Matt Stevens   
Thursday, 19 July 2012 22:13

Rafael Nadal will not Compete in the Olympic GamesRafael Nadal will not participate in the Olympic Games betting in London for not being physically able to compete, said Thursday the tennis player.

Nadal said the decision was one of the "saddest of his career." No detailed his physical problems, but on July 4 canceled an exhibition match against Novak Djokovic in Madrid by tendinitis in the patellar tendon in his left knee.

"I am not able to compete at the Olympics in London and therefore not be traveling as planned with the Spanish delegation to compete in the same," Nadal said in a statement.

"I have to think about my colleagues, I can be selfish and I have to think of the good Spanish sport," he added.

Nadal, world number three and Olympic champion in Beijing 2008, would also be the champion of Spain in the opening ceremony of the Games on July 27.

"Today is one of the saddest days of my career as one of the greatest illusions and perhaps most special moment was to be the champion of Spain in the opening ceremony," he said.

In the presentation as a champion of Spain a week ago, Nadal acknowledged his knee problems, but was confident he can recover in time for the Olympic tournament, which takes place on the grass of Wimbledon.

"I rushed down to the last moment in my preparation, my training, but could not be," he said.

Nadal is considered one of the best Spanish sportsmen of all time and was one of the clearest medal for Spain. The player collects 11 Grand Slam titles and recently won its seventh French Open on clay in Paris, beating Bjorn Borg won six of establishing a new brand.

 
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