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The Latest: Nadal ready to play in Rio Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the Rio Games (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):



6 p.m.


Rafael Nadal is ready to play in the Olympics after being sidelined with a wrist injury for more than two months.



The 14-time major champion hit for two hours with fellow Spaniard David Ferrer on Monday on a practice court at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro.


Nadal hasn't played since pulling out of the French Open on May 27 before his third-round match because of an injured left wrist.






Wearing a sleeveless blue shirt and white cap, Nadal had a white bandage on his left wrist but showed no signs of injury he hit all-out with Ferrer under a hot sun. He was watched closely by his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, and Spanish team coach Conchita Martinez.



Nadal declined to talk to reporters after the session, saying he would speak on Tuesday. Ferrer said Nadal "looks very good."


Nadal is scheduled to carry the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony on Friday night at the Maracana stadium.



He won a singles gold medal for Spain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but missed the 2012 London Games with a knee injury.


UPDATE, 8/2: In a statement to the press, Nadal confirmed he will play singles, doubles and mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics. He elaborated: 


"Yes. I was talking with the whole team and the team decided that I am going to play so I'm going to try to practice for the

next couple of days. It's not the ideal situation but my captain [Conchita Martinez] had confidence today that I am

the best option to try to get a positive result for our country. So I practiced six hours today. The wrist is not 100% perfect

but the best thing is that after the six hours of practice the wrist is not worse than yesterday. That is great news."




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