Oh Noes! Spanish Tennis Champ Rafael Nadal Is Withdrawing from the Olympics!

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has had to withdraw from the Olympics due to knee troubles. Sad face.

Oh Noes! Spanish Tennis Champ Rafael Nadal Is Withdrawing from the Olympics!

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has had to withdraw from the Olympics due to knee troubles. Sad face.

-Lucia Peters

Rafael Nadal

Bad news for all you Rafael Nadal fans out there in Bettyland: The Spanish tennis star announced yesterday that he’s withdrawing from the 2012 Olympics. Curses!

Like many tennis players, Nadal has been battling knee problems for years; though he won his seventh French Open title back in June, he was defeated by Lukas Rosol during the second round at Wimbledon last month and hasn’t competed since then. The cause? Tendinitis in his knee—which unfortunately is so bad at the moment that he decided that he was no longer able to compete in this summer’s Olympic Games.

“I am not in a condition to compete in the London Olympics and therefore will not travel as planned with the Spanish delegation to take part in the games,” Nadal said in a statement released yesterday. He continued, “I have to think about my companions, I can’t be selfish and I have to think of what’s best for Spanish sport… and give fellow sportsmen with better preparation the chance to compete. I tried to hurry my preparations and training to the very last minute, but it was not to be.” He called the day he withdrew “one of the saddest days of my career.” Awww.

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To be fair, I’m more of a Roger Federer girl myself (we all have our favorites), but there’s no denying that Nadal is a top-notch player. Currently ranked number three in the world, he won the men’s singles gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008—no doubt he was hoping for a repeat performance. Plus, he was set to carry the Spanish flag in this year’s Opening Ceremony. Sad face. But it’s also good of him to recognize that he needed to withdraw in the first place, so good on him for that. He’s still young—only 26 (is anyone else constantly astounded by how young tennis players are when they reach their peaks?)—so there’s still time for good things in the future.

Only one more week to go before the Games begin!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.

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