Thursday, July 19, 2012
Rafael Nadal, who was going to be Spain´s flag bearer and was the defending champion, announced his withdrawal from the 2012 London Olympics as is 'not in condition' to compete.
Nadal said in a statement it is one of the saddest moments of his career and that he will not travel with the Spanish delegation to London.
Rafa Nadal: “I am not in condition to compete in the London Olympics and therefore will not travel as planned with the Spanish delegation to take part in the games"
"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. I tried to hurry my preparations and training to the very last minute, but it was not to be "
"is 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. You can imagine how difficult it was to take this decision"