Nadal gives up Wimbledon and will prepare for the Games at the Bastad tournament


The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal confirmed this Thursday that he will not be at Wimbledon, the third ‘Grand Slam’ of the season, and will play the Bastad tournament between July 15 and 21 in preparation for the Paris Olympic Games, in which the manacorí will compete in the singles and doubles modality.

The man from Manacor indicated in his official ‘X’ profile that since his elimination at Roland Garros he has continued “training on clay” and that he has defined his summer calendar after learning this Wednesday that he will play his “last Olympic Games” in Paris.

“With this goal, we believe that the best thing for my body is not to change surfaces and continue playing on clay until then. It is for this reason that I will miss playing Wimbledon this year. It saddens me that I will not be able to experience the great atmosphere of that incredible this year. event that will always be in my heart and being with all the British fans who always gave me great support,” he explained.

Therefore, the winner of 22 ‘Grand Slams’ will play the Bastad tournament to prepare for the Olympic challenge. “It’s a tournament that I played at the beginning of my career and where I had a great time both on and off the court. I hope to see everyone there,” he said.

In this way, Nadal will prepare for the Olympic event, which will be held on the Roland Garros courts on clay, in a 250 category tournament on this same surface, an ideal opportunity to gain rhythm and sensations before playing in the Olympic Games. , which will begin on July 25.

The Spaniard, who already won this tournament in 2005 after defeating Tomas Berdych in the final, will return 19 years later to the courts of the ‘Nordea Open’, at a very different stage in his career. So far in 2024, the former world number one has played 12 matches, with 7 wins and 5 losses, the last in the first round of Roland Garros against the German Alexander Zverev, where he offered his best level since his return with continuity to the slopes in Spring.