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Nadal Withdraws from London Games

By Steve Kish

The Beijing Olympic games men’s singles Gold medalists will not defend his Gold. Rafael Nadal withdrew from the London Games with knee tendonitis on Thursday.

The injury was aggravated in his short stint at Wimbledon.  Nadal did not make this decision lightly. He called it “one of the saddest days of my career as one of my biggest ambitions, that of being Spain’s flag-bearer in the opening ceremony of the Games in London, cannot be. I do not find myself in a condition to compete … I have to think about my companions. I can’t be selfish, and I have to think of what’s best for Spanish sport, especially tennis and Spanish players, and give fellow sportsmen with better preparation the chance to compete.”

Nadal was a favorite to reach the finals in these Olympics. The tennis will take place Nadal and other players are familiar with, The All England Club, home to Wimbledon.  Nadal is a two time Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010.

Nadal has had a history of knee problems. He had to withdraw from  the 2009 Wimbledon, and had to retire in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. With Roger Federer and Djokovic competing in these games Nadal felt his knees couldn’t handle Federer’s skill on grass and Djokovic’s stamina.