PLAYER NEWS 2013
Nadal Hopeful For Madrid Olympics Bid
by ATP Staff|
In the midst of a career-high 20-match hard court winning streak, while Rafael Nadal's focus is firmly on claiming a second US Open crown in New York, another significant event is on the forefront of the Spaniard's mind this week.
On Saturday, the International Olympic Committee will select the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics. All eyes will be on Buenos Aires, where the announcement will take place, and considering that the Spanish capital of Madrid is a finalist, Nadal will be no exception.
While the World No. 2 laments the fact that he cannot accompany the Spanish delegation, he has been supporting his country's efforts "in every way possible". Following his quarter-final defeat of countryman Tommy Robredo, Nadal told Spanish sports news outlet Marca, "It would provide a real shot in the arm for our country. Madrid has been fighting for this for many years, and with all the effort that it has put in and continues to put in to land the Olympics, it deserves them."
Madrid joins Istanbul and Tokyo as the final three cities vying for the coveted prize.
"We have a wonderful delegation, with very important people promoting us in Buenos Aires. They are doing a great job representing us and hopefully, between us all, we will have done our bit to make Madrid 2020 a reality," Nadal added.
The singles gold medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Nadal will be looking to become the first man in history to win multiple singles gold medals, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.