Friday 30 September 2016

Nadal set for Olympic comeback

Tennis

Published 29/07/2016 | 02:30

Nadal is due to be Spain's flag-bearer at the Games in Rio but is battling a wrist problem. Photo :PA Wire
Nadal is due to be Spain's flag-bearer at the Games in Rio but is battling a wrist problem. Photo :PA Wire

Rafael Nadal appears on course to play at the Olympics after an encouraging update on his fitness.

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World No 4 Nadal is due to be Spain's flag-bearer at the Games in Rio but is battling a wrist problem - he missed out on the honour due to injury in London four years ago.

Spanish team-mate David Ferrer said yesterday that the 14-time Grand Slam winner will definitely travel to Brazil, while Nadal's coach and uncle Toni was encouraged by Wednesday's hit-out with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

Ferrer said: "I will travel with Rafa on Sunday to Rio.

"His situation is more delicate. It's never easy to come back after an injury. He will see how he feels."

Nadal is scheduled to play singles, men's doubles and mixed doubles in Rio.

Toni Nadal said: "We began to intensify his training in order to be ready be in time for the first round.

"Training with Andy Murray was a really hard first time with another top player and we are happy. Things worked out well.

"In Rio, we will train with the maximum-level players and see how Rafael will respond to the difficulty of the competition."

Irish Independent

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