Rafael Nadal will not participate in the London Games

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rafael-nadal-london-gamesJuly 20, London: Spain’s Rafael Nadal, the reigning Olympic champion, withdrew Thursday from the London Olympics, where he was to be the flagship of Spanish athletes at the opening ceremony, because of knee tendinitis, he is not in a physical condition to participate in the competition.

“I am not in condition to compete in the Olympics and so I will not move as expected with the Spanish delegation. This is one of the saddest days of my career, “said a statement from the world number two, who is recovering from a knee injury.

“I must think of my companions. I can not be selfish and I have to think about what is good for Spanish sport, especially tennis, Spanish, and could let one of my companions better prepared and in condition to participate, “added Nadal in this text, medalist gold in Beijing four years ago.

“I put all my strength, all the way, in my preparation, my training, but it was not possible,” he says.

“This is one of the saddest days of my career, because one of the moments I was expecting most to be the bearer of Spain in the opening ceremony of the games in London , so you can imagine how hard it was difficult to make that decision, “he writes.

Eliminated in the second round of Wimbledon on June 28 by the Czech Lukas Rosol, Nadal announced July 4 that he was suffering again from tendonitis in his knee and had to take a break of two weeks, but he kept goal be ready for the Olympic tournament, which opens July 27.

“I can not be selfish and I have to think well of Spanish sport. I can not take the place of a comrade who is better prepared and able to defend his chances. I waited until the last moment to announce it, “said the seven-time winner of Roland Garros. Nicolas Almagro, the 10th player in the world, should play the singles tournament while, according to Marca, Feliciano Lopez could participate in the dual with Marcel Granollers.

After the withdrawl of Nadal, the Spanish flag carrier would most likely be the regatta sailors Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez.

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