World No. 4 Rafael Nadal says he is on track to compete in the Rio Olympics, and he pulled out of next week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto to ensure his fitness.
The 2008 Olympic men’s singles gold medalist had to withdraw from the French Open in May after he injured a tendon in his wrist, which also kept him out of Wimbledon. He hasn’t played since May 27 but says he’ll be ready for the round of 64 in Rio, which begins Aug. 6.
“I hope each day to go (progress) a little bit more and arrive in Rio well prepared, although as I always say there is nothing certain in this life,” Nadal said Wednesday. “I feel fine, working and undergoing the recovery process. The time schedule is correct, there are two and a half weeks to go before we start to compete.”
World No. 1 Andy Murray and No. 3 Roger Federer also pulled out of the Rogers Cup to rest for the Olympics.
Nadal, who will be Spain’s flagbearer in the Opening Ceremony, was forced to miss the 2012 Olympics with a knee injury. He will also pair with Marc Lopez in the men’s doubles competition in Rio.
“The Olympics are just an experience that you can enjoy a few times in your career,” Nadal said. “I hope everything goes well, not like in London.”