Rafael Nadal is not scared of the Zika virus threat in Brazil and the former World No. 1 is adamant he wants to represent Spain in the tennis tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics later this year.
According to uncle and trainer, Toni Nadal, Rafael was already sad missing the Olympics in London four years ago and he does not want a repeat of that and will be in Rio, Brazil to represent his country in this year’s Olympics.
Nadal is expected to play in the men’s singles tournament and the mixed doubles tournament possibly with women’s singles top Spanish prospect Garbiñe Muguruza.
Toni Nadal specifically addressed the Zika virus issue in Brazil and said that they had no problem playing at the ATP Rio tournament last February. Nadal made the semifinals of that tournament falling to Pablo Cuevas, 6-7 (6) 7-6(3) 6-4.
On Rafael Nadal’s form, Toni dismissed the criticisms saying that he does not care if fans believe Rafa is done and past his prime. Toni admits to their team’s struggles but promised that Nadal will try to continue playing well at this point of his career.
Nadal has had respectable results this season winning two titles in Barcelona and Monte Carlo, both on clay courts, and has 29 wins against 8 losses this year. At the 2016 French Open, he did not play in the Round of 32 because of a wrist injury.
Nadal is reportedly out of the next Grand Slam tournament in tennis, the Wimbledon Championships scheduled from June 27 to July 10 later this year. The Rio Olympics starts on August 5 and Nadal could be back as 100% fit by that time.
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