Despite Rafa Nadal declaring that he will be fit by the Rio Olympics his Spanish teammate David Ferrer has said that his condition is “delicate”.
Nadal, a 14 time Grand Slam winner, has not played a competitive match of tennis since May 27th when he was forced to withdraw from the French Open after the second round with a wrist injury and he then missed the entirety of Wimbledon.
Speaking on Spanish radio station Cadena Ser last week Ferrer said that the two of them are travelling to Rio together this week. He said that Nada’s condition is “is more delicate. It’s never easy to come back after an injury. We will see how he feels.”
Roger Federer has pulled out of the Olympic Games due to a knee injury while Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic has pulled out due to worries regarding the Zika virus. Ferrer said that, “At the Olympics, you want to see all the players compete so it’s a shame. But our calendar is very tight and then there is the Zika issue.”
Ferrer himself is hoping to put the disappointing season behind him and is hugely looking forward to the chance to play in a third Olympic Games. This year his general form has dropped and in May he fell out of the world’s top ten for the first time in almost six years. He was then knocked out of Wimbledon in the second round.
Speaking about his disappointing results Ferrer said that he needed a break in order to regain his enthusiasm, “It hasn’t been my best year, very irregular and I just haven’t shown my best. You can’t always be at your maximum level and every year is more difficult, but I believe I can give more. I know I can play and compete better.”