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'I could not play - my body decided' - Rafael Nadal explains Wimbledon and Olympics absences

Rafael Nadal at 2021 French Open

Rafael Nadal says a foot injury sustained at Roland Garros forced him out of Wimbledon and the Olympics earlier this summer.

Nadal lost out at the French Open in the semi-finals when Novak Djokovic beat him in four sets, and he has not played a match since.

He is ready to return at the Citi Open in Washington, which he is playing for the first time in his incredible career.

However, he has lifted the lid on the reasons why he was forced to withdraw from Wimbledon and the Olympics.

“I had some problems after Roland Garros, for which I could not play a couple of significant tournaments for me, such as Wimbledon and the Olympics,” Nadal explained.

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“My body decided for myself. If I had to choose, I would never miss Wimbledon and the Olympics, but I could not compete in these events.

“I had some issues with my foot and had to stop playing for 20 days.

"Then I started practicing, first for half an hour, and then a bit more. I went through the whole process.”

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