'It looks difficult, honestly...' - Rafael Nadal casts doubt on his involvement at Wimbledon owing to Paris Olympics 2024

Rafael Nadal claimed it was 'not a good idea' for him to make the move to grass for the clay-court Olympics in Paris, creating doubts over his presence at Wimbledon.

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Rafael Nadal claimed it was "not a good idea" for him to make the move to grass for the clay-court Olympics in Paris, creating doubts over his presence at Wimbledon. Notably, the 22-time Grand Slam winner lost to fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the opening round of the French Open on Monday, but he displayed remarkable play in it. The 14-time French Open winner was out of action for the past two years owing to injury, but he made his comeback in the marquee event.

The star player acknowledged that he is not sure that participating would be wise in advance of his return to Roland-Garros' clay courts for the Olympics in August. The grass season is fast approaching, with Wimbledon hosting its final match from July 1–14. He was questioned about his decision to play at Wimbledon.

This year's French Open match for Rafael Nadal was supposed to be his final.The 37-year-old, however, revealed his feelings about the future in greater depth and acknowledged that he "can't say 100%" that he will not return after losing to Zverev. This was in response to questions about his possible retirement date.

I cannot confirm anything, I have to talk with the team to analyse so many facts: Rafael Nadal

“It looks difficult, honestly. I can’t confirm what’s going on, but it looks difficult to make the transition to grass, having the Olympics again on clay. I cannot confirm anything, I have to talk with the team to analyse so many facts. But I don’t think it’s going to be smart after all the things that happened to my body to make a big transition to a completely different surface and then come back immediately to clay," says Rafael Nadal.

“I’m a simple guy. For me the feeling of coming back home with the personal satisfaction to do all that’s in my hands to make things work well, give myself everything, that’s the only way I understand my life. In the end, it’s about not having the feeling in one year or one year and a half that I didn’t give myself a real chance," he added further.

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