Photo: Rafael Nadal Out of 2012 London Olympics
This morning tennis great Rafael Nadal announced he would not go to London to compete in the 2012 Olympics and represent his native Spain. He was hoping to defending the gold medal he won in the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He was also expected to carry the Spanish flag in the opening ceremony when the Olympics start next week on July 27th.
He is pulling out of Olympics, according to NBC that is airing the games, “with an undisclosed fitness problem.” Nadal noted that he felt he was not in condition to compete. Most recently, in June, Nadal was eliminated in the second round of play at Wimbledon shocking his fans and tournament watchers. Earlier this month he withdrew from a charity match citing tendon problems.
In his statement, Nadal said: “I am not able to compete in London and therefore I will not travel with the Spanish delegation.” “Today is one of the saddest days of my career, because one of the greatest illusions and perhaps most special moment was to be the champion of Spain in the opening ceremony of the Games in London, so you can imagine how difficult has been making this decision,” he added.