2016 Rio Olympics

Tennis News: Rafael Nadal confirms to play singles, double and mix doubles in Rio Olympics

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The Spanish Tennis player Rafael Nadal confirms to play in the three events in the Tennis competition in the 2016 Summer Olympics that will happen at Rio de Janeiro this August.

The world ranked number five has been side-lined because of the left wrist injury that forced him out of the French Open and Wimbledon. Despite not having a 100 percent left wrist, he will still compete in the singles, doubles and mix doubles to help his country to earn medals in this year’s Olympics Game.

Nadal will team up with his friend Marc Lopez in the men’s doubles while in the mix doubles, the possible partner will be the French Open 2016 Champion Garbine Muguruza.

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Aside from competing for these events, Nadal is also due to be the flag bearer of his country, Spain, in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics this August 5.

He has 14-time Grand Slam titles under his name and he is also the Olympic gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympics. He didn’t play in the London Olympics because of having the knee injury.

Nadal will be having a hard journey in the singles event competition because he needs to surpass the world number one Novak Djokovic and reigning 2012 London Olympics gold medallist Andy Murray.

Nadal admitted that his best medal chance may be in the doubles where the burden is shared.

“It’s true that in doubles, I might go better, but you never know,” he said. “I will do everything possible to make my role the best and bring something positive to Spain,” he added.

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Rafael Nadal who also called as “Rafa” was born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain. The 30-year-old veteran player stands 1.85 m or 6 feet and 1 inch. He is also a left-handed player who used two hands in backhand. He is widely regarded as the greatest clay-court player in history and owing to his dominance and success on the surface, he has been titled “The King of Clay”.

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