Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sports

Nadal casts doubts over Olympic stint with wait-and-watch approach

[ad_1]

Rafael Nadal Tennis

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 11, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal talks to the media REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Rafael Nadal has raised doubts about his participation in this year’s Tokyo Olympics amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying on Tuesday that he has to be flexible and cannot give a clear answer until he organizes his schedule for the year.

Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas until the end of May as the country battles a surge in COVID-19 cases, raising new questions about whether the rescheduled July 23-Aug. 8 Games should go ahead.

Nadal, who won a singles gold in Beijing 2008 and added a doubles title in Rio de Janeiro eight years later partnering Marc Lopez, said that he is yet to firm up his plans on traveling to Tokyo.

“I don’t know yet. Honestly I can’t give you a clear answer because I don’t know. I don’t know my calendar,” Nadal told a news conference at the Rome Masters.

“In a normal world I’ll never think about missing Olympics. There’s no doubt about that. Everybody knows how important it has been for me to always play in the Olympics.

“Under these circumstances, I don’t know. Let’s see what’s going on in the next couple of months. I need to organise my schedule… In a normal year, I know my schedule almost 100% from Jan. 1 until the end of the season.”

Japan’s top-ranked men’s and women’s players – Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka – have raised concerns about staging the Games amid the pandemic.

“This year is a bit different, no? We need to be flexible. We need to adapt about things that are happening,” Nadal said.

The 20-times Grand Slam champion, who was beaten in straight sets by Alexander Zverev in last week’s Madrid Open, opens his Rome Masters campaign against local favorite Jannik Sinner on Wednesday.

“… Tomorrow is going to be a tough start, one of the toughest possible against Sinner,” Nadal said.

RELATED STORIES


Read Next

Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.



[ad_2]

Source link

You May Also Like

U.S.

[ad_1] The federal NDP will press Parliament’s Information Commissioner to investigate how and why a Trudeau cabinet minister’s officer began a process that...

U.S.

[ad_1] By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 18, 2021 1:46 pm     Updated...

U.S.

[ad_1] A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held into a third day on Sunday as mediators spoke to all sides about extending the...

U.S.

[ad_1] THE WEST BLOCK Episode 35, Season 10 Sunday, May 23, 2021 Host: Mercedes Stephenson Guests: Dominic LeBlanc, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Brian Bowman,...