It's about covering his use of steroids........he does this every year.....to avoid being caught. Folks, the Spanish sports doctors were in violation many years ago. He is the Spanish Lance Armstrong
He never had a chance of winning Wimbledon anyway, as it’s easily his worst surface.
He knows that he will not defeats No1 strongest Novak in Wimbledon & Olympic. So he wants to take care of his health. As Rafa decision, Simply Novak wins Wimbledon 2021 & Olympic
Rafa is adding to his Armory! Champions don’t attend without proper armor! Wise decision! Novak if possible defend your RG title next year, against a 100% fit Rafa! 🤜
Golden Three? I see only one. The other 2 are scared to show up. Even more scared to retire. The scare is written all over their faces. I’ll say it again: if there were no Novak Djokovic, we all would have had a wrong picture about the other 2!
Well, sacrificing 2 biggest tours on earth (Wimby and OG) to save oneself to win what? Those smaller ones! Lol Sounds like a bad, bad trade. And that all at the end of career? I won’t buy it. Avoiding Djoker on his best surfaces (to avoid more humiliation), sounds awfully logical reason.
Unfortunately he isn't winning anymore slams. Instead of Australian Open he should be playing Wimbledon.
I'm glad he's not wasting his time & withdrawing from Wimbledon.He has no chance of winning it anyway.I really think he should pull out of the US & AUS Open too.
It is weird how the ATP do not understand the importance of splitting these 2 slams with at least 4 weeks. When the olympics is coming, Wimbledon should be placed with 3 weeks distance from it as well I think. Why is it so hard to find a better plan? It is like 3 slams in a short while: Fo, 2 weeks pause Wimbledon and then the olympics and then we have the us open.
@Adelaide Holmes Ideally they would like to but a lot of money comes from Grand slam tournament so they are kind of tied and have to accept things as it is.. They do not have power
@Prabesh Sharma They must have something to say??
ATP has no jurisdiction over Grand Slams. If they did I am pretty sure they would extend the Grass Court swing.
Wimbly is a cakewalk for novak now.... Not a single competitor near his level... Roger still not at peak
This is the end of an era...nadal's career is over guys...so is my tennis watching days...
Well that’s me not watching it then . Jokovic has won it already now no Rafa..Federer is crippled..Murray is crippled so pointless and boring now !
Will be missing Nadal.Thoughts about his heroics in 2008 Wimbledon.And his super and sublime performance In 2010.Also his 2006,7,11 runner up performace. 2017 against Muller ,also his valiant efforts in 2018 .2019 match against kyrgios .who can forget. Miss u our ultimate warrior
Well done Rafa Nadal for thinking of your body first. Without it, what is life worth? Nothing. He has nothing to prove anyway. The clever clogs who decide to bring these tournaments so close together have no idea how much physical endurance one needs to be playing high class tennis. And at 35 years old ( Rafa Nadal’s age in 2021 ), the body can only take so much. Of course, the ATP look at the financial side of it, not they will have to reconsider for the future or the best of the best will play certain tournaments and leave out others, maybe they will come to their senses… Fancy that, Wimbledon becoming one of those! And Mrs. Osaka did the right thing too! A shame that young Greek man is also not attending. Looks like Djokovic has little to do this year, or will we see another upset? Will we see a sudden departure for Mr. Federer I wonder?
Something has happened in tennis as this sort of domination didn't happen until the end of the twentieth century and Sampras but after that we have had three players reach 20 Grand Slam and that is not normal. Where is the new talent ? Why nobody else wins anything ?
Novak number one
Him vs Federer Will go down as Messi vs Ronaldo of tennis Especially in middle to late 2000s when Djokovic wasn't there yet
Paving way to the good the bad and the ugly 20-20-20 Standoff!
TRT TRT TRT ....There is Only One Thing You all need To Know The Number 1 Will Give you all an Amazing Show Watch as all the Records Start to Fall As The Champion of The World Novak Djokovic Smashes Them All And Watches His Rivals Around him as They Begin to Descend and Start to Crawl.
Najbolji je al ne moramo da se spustamo na nivo ovih sa zapada sto ga mrze...
this is a sure sign that rafael nadal, the lance armstrong of tennis, is not juicing at present. i guess the drug testing methods have gotten better and he doesn't want to take the risk of failing a drug test. it's a wise decision as there is no point, at this stage in his career, in taking the risk of failing a drug test because it would tarnish his entire career legacy.
Good decision Rafa.
Now is only big one,Novak is the greatest and goat.
I kinda get it, he's an old man in tennis years. Look at Federer, who dropped out of the French after realizing he couldn't handle it physically anymore. And Nadal's style of play is quite taxing.
you mean 2021 events, not 2020...
I can see blowing off Wimbledon. It’s too soon after Paris and grass is not his best surface. And passing on Tokyo makes sense because like a lot of the athletes I’m sure he is upset that they will not be passing out condoms this year. I mean seriously, why even bother. BTW, is everything in sports a late-breaking drama? Sure seems that way on Sky.
Guys, stop being judgmental. Even if he decides to step away from pro tennis, he's already accomplished what 99.99% of pros only dream about. He's got all his life lying ahead of him and many other plans and opportunities as he's said many times himself
He looked exhausted during RG.
The fear has set in .. good strategy to prevent be shamed again. Good decision. Gates open for you know who.
Definitely a good decision. He will come back stronger!!
Joko is bank now without pre Nadal and Federer he'll win everything joko laughing all the way to the bank he's lucky but the smartest one outta all of em cause he knows how the losers think
All about the GSs...Obviously (looking at his past record and his age) Wimbledon was a long shot, a decade since he won there...he has had much more success at New York...the Olympics don't count in the GS chase! Still a bit sad as he brings so much grit to the court .....Wimbledon's and fan's loss.
Nadal doing what is right for him. Come back stronger king of clay. 😉
Coward, I looked up to you!
Wimbledon finals 2021: Novak vs a random Next Gen player. 1) Next Gen wins first two sets 2) Novak goes for medical time-out/toilet break 3) Novak wins next three sets and wins Wimbledon Story of every Grandslam until Novak retires
Injection of amphetamine and steroid 💉
Imagine novak Winning Wimbledon and then the big 3 will face each other at us open to be the best one with 21 slams
@minyra r damn i didnt know that
I can see that happening. There has never been a Fedal match in the USO though.
he has nothing left to prove ... and it is obvious that novak is in muck better shape of the 'golden three ' ... he's made his mark in tennis history ... move on and let it go .......
Golden Three? I see only one. The other 2 are scared to show up. Even more scared to retire. The scare is written all over their faces. I’ll say it again: if there were no Novak Djokovic we all would have had a wrong picture about the other 2!
cycling off steroids...
Yup. It's confirmed now- Djokovic will win Wimby. The only hurdle to Novak was Rafa. Roger is still recovering nowhere near 100%.
He will be missed at Wimbledon and I can understand why. I also understand his readon for withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics and I wish more athletes would follow his example and stay healthy and protect themselves from this virus.
We can not accept that. He should play. I hope Piers Morgan agrees with me lol
It's up to the players to decide whether they wish to take a break or not. Because they risk their body for better performance and we audience just sit down and demand entertainment from them.
Same thing happened when he lost to Soderling in 2009 and he's aging so not a shock. I do however think he would've had a shot at Wimbledon. Younger players aren't so good on grass and Federer's really not playing how he did pre-injury. Maybe he just doesn't have the confidence right now.
Wise decision. He's already 35, and he has won both olimpic gold medals in singles and doubles. Better to prepare well and focus on US Open.
They are definitely needs to be more than a two week gap between the French Open and Wimbledon. Rafa is a warrior on the court. These guys are giving 110% and need more than two weeks to recuperate.
*HOW COULD YOU DO THAT, NADAL. YOU'RE A TRAITOR*
There was a time I have to switch my TV channel back and forth choosing who to watch on sports chanel, Federer or Messi or Jordan or Tiger Woods...... that was the pinnacle of sports history, sure that quality of choice never gonna happen again
@Gabriel Estevam naaaa!! Djokovic matches are boring.
That is weird why Federer in to group of the best in there sports ???
Djoko > > > > Fed
Looking forward to your return Rafa. We're still here.
He always does his when he loses
Really? Did he withdraw from the US Open when he lost Wimbledon in 2019, in 2018, or 2017? Interesting!!
GOLDEN WOLF😂😂😂😂 WHERE R U😂😂😂😂😂😂
Rafa, we all want you to keep playing tennis, but "life after tennis" is something you need to start thinking about. You want to still be able to walk once you put down the racket. Not worth smashing your knees to try to get another slam.
@minyra r Nadal is my favorite player of all time, so obviously you misinterpreted something I wrote. All we're saying is that we'd hate for him to sacrifice his health for the shot at more majors, that's pretty much it. I'm not meaning to criticize him at all, and I don't hate him one bit. I'll be sad to see him go.
@swavekbu oh yeah…because he hasn’t had an amazing career. Dang!! You guys are just haters.
oh My!!! As Nadal said in an interview in Spanish. They both have their life sheet written and they know WHEN they want to have kids. It’s his freaking life and your opinion here is just really ridiculous.
@John John hope you know his wife is Rafa’s sister age, who is five years younger than him. 🤦♀️. So is being 30 is too old…bad for you.
@John John I have a feeling he might want another crack at RG one more time, to avenge the Joker loss. Maybe he sits out hard court season too and just focuses on RG for next two years and then calls it a (amazing) career.
Nadal also follow the decision taken by Federer!!!!!?????
Pulls this after they give him a statue 😂😂
Rafael nadal is the weakest minded player in tennis rn lol
@minyra r wasnt jokin lol. Dude is always mentally defeated
That’s a good joke!! 🤣
Better to Jump over Wimbledon, he already Lost from Djokovic and Federer last two editions, and he was also younger.....
Djokovic eats plant based. Therefore he 'll be able to stretch his career longer than his colleagues. He wants 25+ Grand Slam titles. He wants to be the best ever without the slightest hesitation.
Next gen are getting better and better. Nole needs to hurry up..
Pussied out of grass court again, he's a one trick pony with no tricks left.
@118 SAKTHIDHARAN …and 2021!
Like Federer pussied out of clay court in 2017,2018
If he thinks that he wouldn't be fit enough to be able to compete , this is wise thing to do. He said it was a tough season on clay for him because he was in 5 tournaments, and it would be even more tough to change the surface immediately. Also , I think that he didn't want to do that quarantine process for nothing. No chance to win so why bother?
He knows who is the goat !!!
Nadal should just retire
Yeah not like Nadal won a masters 1000 in Rome or anything, dumb dumb
9 djokovic grandslams incoming
we live 2020 again if we look at the titles of the competitions
It's disappointing but I understand completely and I wish him all the best and anticipate for his return, Vamos Rafa!!
Clay so physically demanding for tennis player, Rafa always giving his best, particularly on clay! I agree with Rafa, for his body sake and his longevity tennis career, it's probably the right choice to skip Olympic games and Wimby, he already have two gold medals both single and double, there's nothing for him to prove, but I think Wimby was a personal choice, considering the court so different from clay. If he want to give himself the best chance to win a slam this year, it would probably be USO, last slam were most players had a long year and tired already, if he want to be fresh than those younger players it will be the right thing to take a break!!
He should play only us open and french open.
All becoz of Novak 😂😂
Novak didn’t beat Rafa’s FH. No one has been yet. He avoided. That even is tough. But this tactic is short lived. Novak, defend RG title next year too, if possible! 🤜
Great mind, bad body. Nadal's career's been plagued by injury from the start.
Rafa really wanted to win US Open. If he wins that, 🐐 discussion will be alive once again b/w him and Djoko..🔥
So stupid he played 4 tournaments before RG. He never learns.
@minyra r he won last year only playing Rome.
He needed to build up that confidence. Keep in mind that the last tournament he played was in the AO. Nadal is the kind of player who needs matches. Having these two back to back tournament on two different surface is a different story.
I think it's because clay is his surface and he wants to take the best of it as he can. But he forgot that he is not that young any more. All these "older" players should compete only on big tournaments. Federer in Halle (500) was also big mistake.
Look like Djokovic ended his career🤣🤣
Later on people will even say he was injured in French LOL
He's being very smart. I can tell he's going all out for that US Open title.
@Praveen Kumar if they stay alive by then
@Allan Ford No, he is on that gluten free diet. I will study his diet when I start working out myself. It must have a lot to say, because he used to retire many yEars ago when he was very young indeed. Federer joked about it. His stamina is now the best on the men's side, right? Is Nadal willing to do the same or is he just playing golf and video games on his free time?
@Praveen Kumar Yes, and I think it very psychological as well. He will be thinking that he lost to Novak at RG and that Novak probably have won Wimbledon as well. It is not good for tennis that a person wins all the slams, and Novak is hated by a lot of fans as well. It is not good for tennis that Nadal loses confidence. Does Nadal have any injuries that he is keeping secret? I think the ATP must do a better job of splitting the slams so that the top players do not get that much injuries and cannot participate at the events - corona situation or not. I have also noticed that many players seems to be injured these days and that probably many players play with injuries quite often because the season is super long, and they do not get enough time to fully recover. Also, I strongly believe the training and practising, including warm up even before matches is way too much for most of the players. I have read that Nadal works out like 8 hours a day and that Dimitrov went to visit him on a training week or several days at least, and that it was too hard for him. I have seen really good players withdrawing from matches with injuries lately like Dimitrov, Thiem (he is just out of it), Muguruza etc. Also, it is unfair that the gras season is that short. It should be much longer.
@Praveen Kumar One correction: Borg reached 4 US open finals (one har Tru clay + 3 hard Decoturf in the years he won the FO Wimbledon double) but he couldn't win there. Federer of all people called Borg the king with good reason. Of course he won "only" 11 slams but they didn't play the Australian open due to scheduling. So every era is different. But since we are talking about records Djokovic will most probably be the best player in the 21st century , especially since 2011-2021 but every era is different. Can't compare them. Sampras was a great champion but he never reached a FO final on clay unlike Borg on hard court so lot of metrics to consider. His record of six YE number 1s in a row has not been broken by anyone and this was more important to him than winning 14 slams.
@Praveen Kumar Again both Novak and Rafa (Federer too) have benefitted from the homogenization of surfaces and tennis balls. Clay courts are slow but until 2019 Babolat balls were used that are light and fast, Wimbledon grass was changed not in speed but much higher bounce plus the balls used are very slow. The fact is tournaments are making everything uniform (surface + ball speed). So unlike Borg who won the French and Wimbledon back to back for 3 years with huge difference in surface + ball speed with only a 2 week break. Only Nadal (2008,2010) and Federer (2009) have done it. Djokovic may accomplish that this year, entirely possible depending on the draw. He also reached 3 hard slam finals at the US open but didn't win there for whatever reason. Ultimately if you want to talk about all surface ability, Borg is right up there more than the Big 3 but he did fail on hardcourt. So yes i agree Djokovic has a complete game and has no weaknesses (including fitness, as a professional Rafa gets injured a lot but that's his problem). Federer is also an attacking baseliner so while faster surfaces are better for him now, remember he reached 5 FO finals and defeated peak Djokovic in 2011.
Good decision Rafa. Take care about your career
El golpetazo de Nole, fue mucho..para el. El iba seguro de ganar y e esos juegos consecutivos del 4 set..lo apabullaron. No todos tienen el poder psicologico de recuperation de Nole....good luck.
La fuerza mental de Nadal es extraordinaria. 35 años jugando a la máxima intensidad es otro cuento. Su cuero necesita recuperación. Ya él había dicho que no estaba seguro de jugar en las olimpiadas y lo de no jugar en Wimbledon se veía venir independientemente del resultado.