Rafael Nadal had to face defeat in the semi-finals of the French Open. (Instagram)
Rafael Nadal suffered a crushing defeat to star player Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open. Now he has decided to withdraw from this year’s Wimbledon Grand Slam and Tokyo Olympics.
New Delhi. Spanish legend Rafael Nadal has pulled out of this year’s Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics. He had to face a crushing defeat to star player Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open. Djokovic defeated young Greek Tsitsipas in the final to win the title, the 19th Grand Slam of his career. Nadal has taken this decision in view of further enhancing his fitness and tennis career.
This tennis star informed about her decision by sharing a post on social media. Nadal recently participated in the French Open-2021 but could not progress beyond the semi-finals. Now she has withdrawn from the upcoming Grand Slam Wimbledon and Olympic Games due to fitness issues. He has taken this decision to prolong his professional career.
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The former world number-1 player wrote, ‘I want to tell you that I have decided not to participate in the next season of Wimbledon to be held from 28 June to 11 July. Neither I will play in the Olympic Games to be held from July 24-30.
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 he maximum level of competition.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 17, 2021
He further wrote, ‘I think this is the right decision to expand my playing career and continue the sport that has made me happy.’ Serbia legend Novak Djokovic defeated King Nadal of clay court 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in the semi-finals of the French Open. This match, which lasted for four and a half hours, was one of the best matches of Novak vs Rafael. Nadal missed the chance to win the 21st Grand Slam title with this defeat.