Nadal to compete in three events
Rafael Nadal committed himself to playing singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the Olympics yesterday morning (Singapore time) despite serious concerns over whether his left wrist injury will survive the gruelling challenge.
"After discussing it with my team, I have decided I will play everything that I can. We are here and practice has gone well - more or less," said the 30-year-old Spaniard after an intense 90-minute training session with compatriot David Ferrer.
"It's not an ideal situation - there are always risks."
World No. 5 Nadal (right) spent a lengthy period after his practice session on centre court discussing his plans with the team doctor and team captain Conchita Martinez.
He is scheduled to play doubles with Marc Lopez and mixed doubles with French Open champion Garbine Muguruza.
"Yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday) have been my strongest training in two months and the wrist has not gotten worse," he added.
Nadal hasn't played at all since he was forced to quit the French Open before the third round after damaging tendons in his left wrist.
He missed Wimbledon as a result.
The protective brace he wore on his wrist since Paris was missing yesterday.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion was the gold medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but missed the 2012 London Games because of a knee injury.
He is due to carry his country's flag at the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday morning.
Nadal admitted that his best medal chance may be in the doubles where the burden is shared.
"It's true that in doubles, I might go better, but you never know," he said. "I will do everything possible to make my role the best and bring something positive for Spain."
Nadal's decision to play in all three events was a major boost for organisers who on Tuesday saw world No. 4 Stan Wawrinka pull out with a back injury.
The Swiss was replaced in the draw by big-serving Australian Sam Groth. - AFP.