World No. 3 Rafael Nadal has revealed that he is unsure about playing the Tokyo Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to take place last year but they were pushed back for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nadal has never missed the Olympics in his career and he has acknowledged that he would never miss the Tokyo Olympics if there wasn’t a pandemic going on.
“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 in Rome.
“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.
“Let’s see. I don’t know. I can’t give you an accurate answer. Sorry.”
Nadal ready for his Rome Masters campaign
Last week, Nadal made the Madrid Masters quarterfinal before losing to eventual champion Alexander Zverev.
“In Madrid I was playing great. Then I played a couple of bad games at the end of that first set. Everything went other way, no? My practice in Madrid, I was practicing the best level of tennis since a while.
“Here you need to adapt again to another conditions. In Madrid was altitude. Here the ball and the conditions are completely different. Needs little bit of time,” Nadal said.
“But I am more or less happy about the things. Tomorrow going to be a tough start, one of the toughest starts possible against Sinner. Let’s see. I hope we ready to play well.”