Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will be part of the Spanish Olympic tennis team.
The recent French Open winner will defend his Olympic title at London and will be hoping to emulate his success in Beijing – where he won the gold in three straight sets. The Spanish player will also be taking part in the doubles tournament.
However, his focus will be on the forthcoming 126th Wimbledon Championships, which start next Monday at south-west London’s All England Lawn Tennis Club. This year, the two-week event will serve as a pre-Olympic warm-up before the London 2012 matches are held at the same SW19 venue and the event remains a firm favourite of tennis fans enjoying central London hotel deals.
Nadal remains confident about his chances at Wimbledon despite a surprise defeat in the quarterfinal to Philipp Kohlschreiber this week at an event in Germany.
“This is not the time to look for excuses or to ask the reasons why I lost. My movement wasn’t great and I need a little more time to make adjustments to my shots,” said Nadal.
“I will rest at home. I can’t practise on grass there but it’s better not to practise for a few days. It’s time to rest with my family, friends, to relax. When I’m ready to come back, I’ll go to Wimbledon.”
Nadal is seeded second for Wimbledon behind Novak Djokovic and ahead of Roger Federer and home favourite Andy Murray.
The 2012 London Olympics tournament will start on July 28th and last just over a week, with the majority of the matches being the best of three sets rather than the best of five seen in the Wimbledon’s men’s event.