It might be the last Olympics for the Spanish tennis champion. However, rumors about Rafael Nadal retirement after Rio became the next concern.
When watching his performances in Rio Olympics 2016, everyone could notice the happiness painted on his face in each game. Albeit his difficulty to defeat his opponents, he remained joyful like every Olympian feel.
During an interview with Tennis World USA, he confirmed his last participation in a tennis Olympic Game.
He said that Rio will be his last event to attend, which clearly means his fans won’t see him playing on a court again in 2020 Tokyo Olympics anymore.
“I am enjoying on the court and at the same time, there is no too much pressure on me… I just expect to enjoy the Olympic experience again and that’s what I’m doing,” Nadal said.
Following the world No. 4-ranked champion’s affirmation on his Olympic participation, his desire to enjoy playing singles, doubles and mixed doubles at once within this month heightened.
When asked about his retirement after Rio Olympics 2016, Rafael Nadal remained optimistic. Hence, it’s a clear sign of his decision to pursue his sport.
Yahoo Sports reported Nadal’s desire to extend the number of years in his tennis career. At 30 years old, he has already achieved big achievements. He earned the titles 14-time Grand Slam champion and one of the Greatest Players of All Time (GOAT).
Given his wish to prolong his tennis career, he didn’t promise anything except by doing his best to keep his great performances shown on the court again after series of injuries acquired.
Though he just recovered from a wrist injury, he was able to defeat Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro, who dumped the world No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic in the last Rio events.
During the doubles, he played with Marc Lopez. The Spanish partners defeated Argentinians Juan Martin del Potro and Maximo Gonzales with 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
In general, Rafael Nadal played each tennis game without the high expectation of getting a gold medal, Sky Sports mentioned.
What he loved about being part of Rio Olympics 2016 athletes was being able to play and enjoy the Games against the best of the best tennis players around the world. Hence, there’s no Rafael Nadal retirement to expect soon.
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