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Rafael Nadal’s uncle: Garbine Muguruza to be Rio mixed doubles partner

Rafael Nadal

ROME, ITALY - MAY 13: Rafa Nadal of Spain in action against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day six of the The Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2016 on May 13, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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Rafael Nadal will be extremely busy at the Rio Olympics, carrying Spain’s flag into the Opening Ceremony and wanting to play singles, doubles and definitely mixed doubles with Garbine Muguruza, his uncle and coach Toni Nadal said, according to German press agency DPA.

“Rafael want to play in all three Olympic events,” Toni Nadal said Tuesday, according to the report. “The [mixed doubles] team may not be as strong as [Swiss] Martina Hingis and Roger Federer, but it can still be competitive.”

Nadal, the 2008 Olympic singles champion, is ranked No. 5 in the world heading into next week’s French Open, where he hopes to extend his record with a 10th title at Roland Garros.

Muguruza is ranked No. 4.

Nadal and Muguruza have talked about possibly playing Rio Olympic mixed doubles since at least December, but nothing official has been announced.

Federer announced in December that he and Hingis would play together in Rio.

Nadal missed mixed doubles’ return at the London Olympics, and the Games altogether, due to health reasons while dealing with a knee injury.

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