Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz To Play Doubles Together For Spain At Paris Olympics

David Ferrer, the former world No 3 and current national selector for Spain, announced at a Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) press conference on Wednesday that Spain’s men’s team will include Nadal and Alcaraz. The other Spain players in the men's Olympic team will be Pablo Carreno Busta, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Marcel Granollers.
Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will play together at Paris Olympics

Photo : Los Juegos Olímpicos
Tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will play doubles together for Spain at the upcoming Paris Olympics, which begins on July 26. Both Nadal and Alcaraz will play in both singles and doubles at the Paris Olympics.
David Ferrer, the former world No 3 and current national selector for Spain, announced at a Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) press conference on Wednesday that Spain’s men’s team will include Nadal and Alcaraz.
"Rafa and Carlos will be playing together in Paris," said Ferrer while announcing the squad.
The other Spain players in the men's Olympic team will be Pablo Carreno Busta, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Marcel Granollers.
The announcement came three days after the 21-year-old Alcaraz defeated the German fourth seed Alexander Zverev 6-2, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 to lift his first French Open title. He became the seventh Spaniard in the Open Era to lift the Roland Garros trophy.
Notably, this will be Alcaraz’s first Olympics. On the other hand, the 38-year-old Nadal, who already holds a singles gold medal from Beijing 2008 and a doubles gold medal from Rio de Janeiro 2016 with Marc Lopez, will compete in his last Games.
Although Nadal has not announced his retirement date, he has not ruled out a return to the French Open in 2025 after losing to Zverev in the first round this year.
Earlier, Nadal had reiterated his commitment to play in the Olympics after he lost in the first round of the French Open against Alexander Zverev in May.
"My body has been a jungle for two years. You don't know what to expect. I wake up one day and I find a snake biting me. Another day a tiger. I have been fighting with all the things that I went through. But the dynamic has been positive the last few weeks. I felt ready. I think tomorrow I'll be ready to play again if I have to. But I will not have to," said Nadal after his first-round exit at the French Open.
"So that's the thing. Now, I need to prepare myself, I need to clear my ideas and see what's the new calendar to try to be ready for the Olympics. I can't say anything today, but my main goal now is to play in the Olympics," he added.
Meanwhile, Alcaraz had also said that he is looking forward to his return to Paris for the Olympics in late July and competing in a dream partnership alongside Nadal in the doubles.
"When I return to this stadium at the end of July, I will probably have some cool flashbacks that will come to mind," he told French newspaper L'?quipe.
"It will be a very special tournament, my first Olympics just after winning my first Roland. Fighting for a gold medal for my country, playing doubles with my idol, Rafael Nadal, are things that I will only believe after experiencing them," he added.
Notably, the tennis matches at the upcoming Paris Olympics will be played on the clay court of Paris.
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