Rafael Nadal, Garbine Muguruza lead Spain Olympic tennis team
Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza are tentatively slated to play mixed doubles at the Olympics, as expected, as the Spanish team for Rio was announced Thursday.
The Spanish tennis roster includes 2008 Olympic champion Nadal, the reigning French Open champion Muguruza, David Ferrer, Roberto Bautista Agut, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Carla Suarez Navarro, the top Spain singles players in Olympic rankings, excluding Feliciano Lopez, who previously said he would not play in Rio.
In doubles, Spain also named Marc Lopez, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja, its top-ranked doubles players.
Nadal, who is out of Wimbledon due to a left wrist injury, is paired with Marc Lopez in doubles and with Muguruza in mixed doubles, though mixed doubles entries don’t have to be finalized until Aug. 9, the fourth day of the Games.
Given Nadal’s injury history, an Olympic slate of singles, doubles and mixed doubles may be too much. Roger Federer has expressed doubts that he could do all three, but he was, like Nadal, tapped for singles, doubles and mixed by his federation on Thursday.