Rafael Nadal French Open 2021

Wilander admits he’s ‘disappointed’ by Nadal withdrawals

The seven-time Grand Slam champion is not happy about the absence of Rafael Nadal from both Wimbledon and the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. 

While the former world No. 1 understands the decision, it still does not sit well with him.

“I can understand that the Games pose a physical risk,” Wilander told Marca. “Especially since the US Open is coming later.

“But I am disappointed that Rafa does not play at Wimbledon, I suppose he will have a good reason for [withdrawing] because, otherwise, he would not have done it.

Nadal made the announcement on his Twitter, citing the goal as being to “prolong his career” so as to “continue to do what makes me happy.”

The Spaniard had a gruelling clay season, culminating in an epic battle with Novak Djokovic, with the Serb coming out the victor.

“It is clear that the [short] two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon have not helped if you consider Nadal’s style of play,” Wilander continued.

“I think he has played too much on clay, although it is what he usually does. I would have liked to see the ‘Big Three ‘back fighting to continue making history.”