Nadal to play singles, doubles and mixed at Rio Olympics

Johannesburg, Aug.3 : 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who has been battling with a left wrist injury that forced him to pull out of the French Open and Wimbledon, has confirmed his participation in the men's singles, doubles and mixed doubles event in the upcoming Rio Olympics.

Despite having serious concerns whether his injury would survive the gruelling challenge, Nadal said that he had a discussion with his team, adding he had decided to take risk, Sport24 reported.

The 30-year-old Spaniard had an intense practice session on centre court, where he discussed his plans with the team doctor and team captain Conchita Martinez.

Nadal is slated to play the men's doubles event with Marc Lopez while he will feature alongside French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in the mixed doubles.

The Spaniard said he has the best chance to clinch the medal in the doubles while adding that he would put his best foot forward to bring something positive for Spain.

Nadal, who is chosen as Spain's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony in Rio on August 5, won the Gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but he missed the 2012 London Games with a knee injury.

Nadal's decision to play in all three events might come as a major boost for the organizers, who received a major blow after Roger Federer and world number four Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the prestigious games due to their respective injuries.

Earlier, tennis players such as John Isner of the United States, Austria's Dominic Thiem, Australian duo of Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios as well as Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez have withdrawn from the global spectacle citing various reasons, with Zika virus being one of them.

Source: ANI