Rafael Nadal pulls out of London Olympics due to fitness problem

Updated: Jul 19, 2012, 21:53 PM IST

Madrid: French Open winner and Olympic champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the upcoming London Games citing undisclosed injury problem that has put an end to his chances of winning a second straight gold medal at the prestigious event beginning next week.

"I am not in condition to compete in the London Olympics and therefore will not travel as planned with the Spanish delegation to take part in the games," the third-ranked Spaniard said in a statement.

Nadal did not mention any specific injury, but he canceled a charity match in Madrid on July 4 because of tendon problems in his left knee.

He has had recurring knee problems in the past. He has not played since he was eliminated in the second round of Wimbledon to then 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol, one of the most surprising results in the tournament`s history.

He said that the decision "is one of the saddest days of my career as one of my biggest ambitions, that of being Spain`s flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the games in London, cannot be. You can imagine how difficult it was to take this decision."