Rafael Nadal, who already won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games, could face not playing at the next Olympic Games. The Spanish audience would of course like to see their greatest player ever play for their country and maybe repeat the success of 2008.
Let's be honest, we would all like Nadal to perform at the Olympic Games because he is surely one of the greatest players of all time. The rules of the World Tennis Federation (ITF) state that a player can play in the Olympics if he has recorded one Davis Cup appearance in the two years before the major competition.
Rafael Nadal has not played for his country in the last two years, because of that he loses the right to play in the Olympic Games
The rules are clear, but we all have to agree that they are not really logical because the greatest tennis players do not always play for the national team and most of them give the opportunity to younger players.
Nadal hasn't played for Spain in the previous two years, and he won't be able to because the "fury" has been eliminated. He therefore has no right to participate in Paris. Von Arnhem, president of TS Germany, also spoke about the potential problem of the winner of the 22nd Grand Slam title.
-"Why are we making it difficult? Rafa is thinking about playing in Paris. Make it easy for them to play there. Our decisions must be reasonable. We have to change the rules. If I am elected (as president of the ITF), I would certainly do it.
We need to make it easier for the players and remove obstacles - said Von Arnem. Let's recall that Nadal won gold at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. He has the brightest medal in doubles with Marco Lopez in Rio 2016. Whether the rules will change or not, it will be interesting to follow the development of the situation.
The Spaniards must expect an exception to be made, because it really seems illogical for one of the best players to lose the right to perform in Paris for the given reasons.