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Spaniard Rafael Nadal Confident of competing at Rio Olympics 2016

Spaniard Rafael Nadal Confident of competing at Rio Olympics 2016: Rafael Nadal is confident of being fit enough to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro although he has not played since May 26th when he defeated Facundo Bagnis in the second round of the French Open, because of a wrist injury.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

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Nadal has also withdrawn from next week’s Toronto Masters, same as Roger Federer and Andy Murray, but is confident being adequately fit for the singles and mixed doubles in the Olympics.

The Spaniard, who won the gold medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing, began training last week. (Also Read: England approach Saqlain Mushtaq’s guidance to solve spin woes)

Nadal, 30, said, “The timing is good, there are two and a half weeks before the tournament. I hope each day to go (progress) a little bit more and arrive in Rio well prepared, although as I always say there is nothing certain in this life. I feel fine, working and undergoing the recovery process. The time schedule is correct, there are two and a half weeks to go before we start to compete.”

He was a gold medallist eight years ago in Beijing but missed London due to serious a knee injury.He has decided to play te singles, men’s doubles as well as the mixed doubles at Rio, later this year. 

He added: “The Olympics are just an experience that you can enjoy a few times in your career. I hope everything goes well, not like in London.”

The Spanish Tennis Federation will appeal to the ITF regarding Rafael Nadal’s appearance at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on 15th July. Rafael Nadal, will not have played the required three Davis Cup ties between one Olympics to the other.

However Pedro Hernandez, who is the person in charge of the Spanish Federation, is confident Rafa will play. ‘We don’t think there should be any problem. We are not afraid that he cannot play in Rio’, he said.


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