With more pull outs than an Ashley Homestore, the sport of tennis sees yet another one of its stars withdraw from an upcoming match, or in this case, matches. Rafael Nadal has announced that he will skip out on attending Wimbledon and the 2021 Olympics. Tennis sensation Naomi Osaka also announced her withdrawal from the Wimbledon, with a doctor’s note pardoning a case of “mild to severe bad vibes” already on the way.
Rafael Nadal, a favorite of the sport and 20x Grand Slam men’s singles titles champ, revealed that he made the decision to withdraw because of lingering injuries that require more recovery time.
“The body after so much struggle usually suffers a slump. Wimbledon this year is in two weeks. It’s different from when I was 25 years old. I am 35 and I have to see how I recover in every way.”
“It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discussing it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” announced Rafael Nadal via personal Twitter account. “With the goal to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the maximum level of competition.”
Losing out on action from all-time names like Osaka, Nadal and Roger Federer may have a sharp effect on tennis’ audience. There’s little intrigue left without the marquee names.