Dominic Thiem joined Spanish star Rafael Nadal as he pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics© AFP
US Open champion Dominic Thiem joined Spanish star Rafael Nadal on Thursday as he pulled out of the Tokyo Olympics. Thiem managed to concentrate at number five in the world at Wimbledon and then defend his only Grand Slam title in New York. “Hello everyone, I have sad news to share with everyone. After talking to my team and analyzing the situation I made a very difficult decision to stop competing in the Tokyo Olympics,” the 27-year-old Austrian wrote on Twitter. “For me, like all athletes, participating in the Olympics and representing my country is a huge honor and that makes that decision even harder.
“However, 2021 didn’t start as expected and I don’t feel ready to play my best in Tokyo.
“My goal is to work hard in the coming weeks, give my best at Wimbledon and continue to train, and hopefully defend my US Open title.”
Thiem was eliminated in the French Open in the first round despite being a two-time runner-up in Paris.
On Thursday, Nadal said he was coming out of the Olympics and Wimbledon in an effort to “extend my career”.
Nadal, a 35-year-old, won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Individuals.
He is also a two-time Wimbledon champion.
Thiem also missed the 2016 Rio Olympics for fear of the Zika virus.
“I am young and I hope to be able to play in the 2024 Paris Olympics in Austria,” he added on Thursday.
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