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    Nadal Withdraws from Wimbledon, Tokyo Olympics

    One of tennis greatest players is taking some time off, and in return will be missing two of the sports biggest events on the 2021 calendar. In an announcement on social media Thursday morning, Rafael Nadal revealed that he won't be participating in Wimbledon or the Tokyo Olympics this year.

    Nadal said that it wasn't "an easy decision," but believes it was the best move for his overall health.

    Rafael Nadal, who was beaten by eventual champion Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier this month, said the short gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, starting June 28, doesn't allow him enough time to recover. Nadal maintained that Olympic Games will always be special to him and that he had the honour of representing Spain in 3 Olympics.

    "Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision," Nadal said.

    "The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition," he added.

    The Olympic Games always meant a lot and they were always a priority as a Sports person, I found the spirit that every sports person in the world wants to live. I personally had the chance to live 3 of them and had the honor to be the flag bearer for my country.“

    Decision taken focussing on long-term: Nadal

    Nadal said that his clay-court season was very demanding and it's important for him to give his body rest at this stage of his career. The 35-year-old lost only his 3rd match at French Open as his bid for a 14th Roland Garros crown came to an end in the semi-finals.

    The fact that there has only been 2 weeks between RG and Wimbledon, didn’t make it easier on my body to recuperate after the always demanding clay court season. They have been two months of great effort and the decision I take is focused looking at the mid and long term," Nadal said.

    "Sport prevention of any kind of excess in my body is a very important factor at this stage of my career in order to try to keep fighting for the highest level of competition and titles.

    "I want to send a special message to my fans around the world, to those in the United Kingdom and Japan in particular," he added.

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