Former World No. 1 Spaniard Rafael Nadal will make a comeback of sorts in next month’s Rio Olympics after battling recurring injuries of late that saw him miss Wimbledon 2016 championship.
The 14-time major champion has apparently recovered from a wrist injury sustained during French Open 2016, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said.
Hence, the presence of Nadal means the big four of men’s tennis — Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer — will now feature in both singles and doubles draws in Rio Olympics 2016.
Nadal won gold at 2008 Beijing Games but missed London Olympics four years later due to a knee injury.
The 30-year-old, who is expected to be Spain’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony on August 5, will compete in the singles and also mixed doubles with French Open winner Garbine Muguruza, the ITF announced.
“Nadal’s commitment is total and he will go to Rio to participate,” said Alejandro Blanco, president of Spain’s Olympic committee.
“I have no doubts about his participation. He is training regularly in order to achieve what he wants – a medal.”
Thirteen of the top 15 men’s singles players and 18 of the top 20 women will participate in Rio Olympics. There will be 64 players in the singles draws and 32 in the doubles.