Garbine Muguruza keen to play mixed doubles with Rafael Nadal at Rio
No specific date has been set for Rafael Nadal's return to competition yet.
When Rafael Nadal’s lefty forehands combine with Garbine Muguruza’s silky smooth down-the-line backhands, it surely will be a treat to watch. That partnership might now be a reality as the newly-crowned French Open women’s singles champion is all set to join forces with the nine-time Roland Garros winner Nadal in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics this August, if reports are to be believed.
Rafa’s uncle and coach, Toni Nadal too is keen on this pairing. Just a few days back, he revealed that the 30-year-old intends to compete in men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles with Muguruza.
Meanwhile, Muguruza, who returned to Spain on Thursday after her incredible French Open triumph, has herself said that she would be delighted to get a chance to play with Rafa.
As things stand, it would all probably depend on Nadal’s recovery from his wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the 2016 French Open just ahead of his third round match. As of now, there is no specific date for the 14-time Grand Slam champion’s return, thus casting doubts on his participation at Wimbledon, beginning June 27.
In a very recent appearance at a promotional event, Toni has said that the team is in no mood to rush as that will jeopardize his chances of playing the Olympics as well. Rafa’s rehabilitation has begun and he will make a comeback only when he regains his full strength.
“He is in the phase of rehabilitation. We haven’t fixed a date for his return because the important thing is that he returns at full strength,” said the 55-year-old.
“We also don’t want to put in danger his participation in the Olympic Games.”
The former World No. 1 has been declared as Spain’s flag-bearer for the upcoming mega quadrennial Games to be held in Brazil. He won the men’s singles gold at the Beijing Games in 2008 but had to pull out of the 2012 London Games owing to tendinitis of the knee.