Madrid: Tennis fans were left in shock when the news that Rafael Nadal will no more defend the gold medal he won four years back at the Beijing Olympics came out after an announcement from the Spaniard. Nadal has pulled out of the Olympics due to a knee injury and says that he will not be able to compete.
"I'm not in a condition to be able to compete," Nadal, 26, said in a statement. "It's one of the saddest moments of my career," is what Nadal said after he decided to pull out of the prestigious event. "I have to think of my colleagues, I cannot be selfish and I have to think of the well-being of Spanish sport, especially Spanish tennis, and let a colleague play who has had a better preparation and is in a state to compete," the world number three added.
Now the Spanish authorities have to think about the new flag bearer as Nadal was the person appointed for the esteemed honor.
The news came in with the buzz as who will be the new gold medalist, with Roger Federer already having won the Wimbledon title on the same court this year against Andy Murray who is playing the best tennis of his life and the former world No.1 Novak Djokovic bidding for the Gold will make the tennis event at the London Olympics a treat for the spectators.