Rafael Nadal’s last official appearance dates back to last Roland Garros, when he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. A few days later, the Spanish champion announced that he would not take part in either Wimbledon or the subsequent Tokyo Olympics. The former world number 1 used the need to protect his body as a reason for the forfeit, after turning 35 in June. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will return to action in Washington DC in early August, aiming to play a full season on the fast before the US Open. The Manacor veteran is also expected to take part in the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati, although it will be necessary to see how his body reacts after about two months of hiatus. In the absence of Nadal, it will therefore be up to Pablo Carreno Busta to try to bring a medal to Spain in tennis. The 30-year-old Iberian will play both singles and doubles (together with compatriot Alejandro Davidovich Fokina). On the eve of the start of the Olympic tournament, Carreno revealed his ambitions to ‘Marca’ microphones.
Nadal is scheduled to play the ATP 500 event in Washington
“With Rafael Nadal, there are always more medal options, but he is not there and we must forget about it, and focus on each one of our matches,” Pablo Carreno Busta said. “In any case we have a great team, we have players who can be at the top, so support and focus on those who have come.” The Spaniard is seeded sixth in the men’s singles event and will also compete in doubles alongside Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The 30-year-old could also feature in mixed doubles. “The objective is to try to get a medal in any of the two events, or three depending on the mixed, in which we participate,” Carreno Busta said. “In my case I am seeded number 6, the ranking is the ranking, but being there is positive and hopefully on the court we can prove it.” Coming on to Rafa, he skipped the Wimbledon Championships and has decided to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics. Although, he has begun training on the hardcourts for the US Open. According to Forbes, Nadal is ranked 27th globally and third in terms of highest-paid tennis players. His total earnings aggregate to $40 million, which includes his salary/winnings of $14 million, and his endorsements pay him $26 million. With his tennis racquet, Nadal has earned $123,023,764 as prize money in his career. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Nadal is worth approximately $200 million.