Rafael Nadal, who is Spain’s flag bearer, will compete in the men’s singles and also take part with Marc López in the doubles and Garbiñe Muguruza in the mixed doubles.
Here’s what Rafa told a Spanish radio station Cadena Cope:
It’s evident that the condition of my wrist is not ideal and if it wasn’t the Olympics, I would not take this risk. However, having spoken to my team and with Conchita, I’ve decided to play the singles and everything else.
There is always a risk but I trained six hours between Monday and Tuesday and although the wrist still bothers me, at least it hasn’t worsened and that is great news. I already missed London .
I’m going to do as best as possible in every event I play in. The doubles might be a better option for me considering how I arrive to the Olympics but you never know.
The only thing I can say is that I will give my best and no one is going to take away my enthusiasm to compete at the Olympics in whatever way I can and to try to win a medal.
Conchita Martínez, captain of the Spain Fed Cup and the Davis Cup team, told Cope:
We needed time to see how the wrist will respond to intense training before confirming that he would play in all three events. It was a joint decision and it was an easy one to take.
It’s obvious that he is lacking playing time but when we talk about Nadal, we know how competitive he is and what a great level he has.
Nadal is the best option we have to win a medal. Rafa can do great things.
Source: The Guardian