Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has revealed that he is unsure about playing the Tokyo Olympics. The Tokyo Olympics, which were scheduled to take place last year, were pushed back for 2021 due to the pandemic.
Nadal, ranked at No. 3 in the world, represented Spain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. If there wasn't a pandemic, Nadal would surely play at the Tokyo Olympics. "I don't know yet.
Honestly I can't give you a clear answer because I don't know. I don't know my calendar. In a normal world I will never see about missing Olympics, of course. Is no doubt about that. Everybody knows how important have been for me always play Olympics," Nadal said, when asked about playing at the Olympics.
"Under these circumstances, I don't know. Let's see what's going on in the next couple of months. But I need to organize my schedule. My schedule in a normal year, I normally know my schedule almost 100% since 1st of January till the end of the season.
This year is something a little bit different, no? We need to be flexible. We need to adapt about the things that are happening."
Nadal still wants the biggest titles
Nadal, a record 20-time Grand Slam champion, will be aiming to win a record 14th French Open title at the upcoming event.
Nadal was asked if he felt the younger generation is feeling it's their time to win Grand Slams. "Let's see. I don't know. I can't give you an accurate answer. Sorry," Nadal said. "Maybe. Let's see in three weeks or in four weeks.
I don't know. Was not the case yet. But why not? No, of course. Let's see. Hopefully not. Anything can happen. "As I said, is not a stronger belief. It's we're older and they are always better and better. I don't like to hide the true.
We are not playing as many tournaments as we did before. Is normal that after almost 20 years on the tour there is another generations that are winning tournaments. "We have been achieving almost every single important event for the last 19 years.
Nothing strange. 100% ready to accept that. But I going to keep fighting for the things. That means that in three weeks, two weeks and a half, there is another Grand Slam that I like to play. I going to fight to try to play well there."