Rafael Nadal is skipping two of the biggest events of the summer.
The Spaniard surprisingly announced on Thursday morning that he would be skipping Wimbledon, which starts June 28, and the Olympics in Tokyo.
“Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” Nadal wrote on Twitter.
Nadal, 35, is coming off a grueling four-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the French Open semifinals. The French Open, which Nadal has won 13 times, pushed back the event a week due to COVID-19. That postponement allowed for less rest time between the clay and grass court grand slams.
“The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at he maximum level of competition,” he wrote.
“The fact that there has only been 2 weeks between RG (Roland Garros) and Wimbledon, didn’t make it easier on my body to recuperate after the always demanding clay court season. They have been two months of great effort and the decision I take is focused looking at the mid and long term.”
Nadal is a two-time Wimbledon champion, last winning in 2010. He is also a two-time gold medalist, winning the singles in 2008 and doubles in 2016.