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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon, Tokyo Olympics

Nadal had lost in the French Open semifinal to Novak Djokovic last week

nadal-first-round-australian-open-reuters Rafael Nadal in action during the match against Bolivia's Hugo Dellien at the Australian Open, in Melbourne | Reuters

In a move that has left tennis fans disappointed, Rafael Nadal announced that he will not play in this month’s Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics later this summer.

The Spaniard, who lost in the French Open semifinal to Novak Djokovic last week, made the announcement in a series of tweets.

“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,” he wrote.

“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.

Nadal has won the title at Wimbledon twice. He also won the Olympic gold medal in singles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“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,” Nadal wrote.

“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.

“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."

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