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Rafael Nadal

Bails on Olympics --

I'm Not in Condition to Play

7/19/2012 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0719_rafael_nadal_getty_olympicsRafael Nadal just delivered some GREAT NEWS to everyone who's not a Spaniard ... he's officially pulling out of the 2012 Olympics ... claiming he's "not in condition" to compete.

It's a crushing blow to Spain ... since the tennis great won gold at the 2008 Games and was a favorite to top the podium this time around, too.

Rafael called the decision to bail one of the saddest moments of his career. He was supposed to be Spain's flag bearer during the opening ceremony -- but now it's likely he'll be replaced.

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EggsOverEasy    

Plastic surgery already?? Jeez he is like 27 years old..

770 days ago
17.

parlayer    

Como?? el no sabe nada con la exception de como razuar sus piernas.

770 days ago
18.

ThePhoenix    

It's sad but a smart man knows his limitations.

770 days ago
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Old MacDonald    

He was supposed to be Spain's flag bearer during the opening ceremony -- but now it's likely he'll be replaced.
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Really? I was hoping to see the flag walk in on its own.

770 days ago
20.

Sherms    

Love, LOVE Rafa!!! Bummed I won't be ale to see him, but hope he is competing in another tournament soon.

770 days ago
21.

Who Knew    

Hes been too busy doing the pick n sniff. He picks his butt after every point then puts his fingers against his nose for the sniff. I can not watch his match's anyways.

770 days ago
22.

Who Knew    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT9iAo52xGc I guess we will be missing this.

770 days ago
23.

annie2    

I agree with the comments re: TMZ's attempts to cover sports stories (probably because they are all about who is fathering child #17 or who beat up who this week) so in essence, yes, it's gossip, but these people are not "celebs" in the traditional sense so I don't want to hear about it.

Now to the story at hand, I think it is very mature of Nadal to drop out if he is not feeling at his peak. He could be selfish and take up a spot just because he can but this will allow the next best guy in line a chance. He sounds like a responsible guy.

770 days ago
24.

wiptidoo    

I can not watch this guy play-he is a total But t Picker. Why does he do this ritual of touching his but, then his eyebrows, then his nose? What the heck is wrong with this kid?

770 days ago
25.

Bellaca    

Rafa is a great champ. No, Rafa is not on drugs. Once again, Fedbot will benefit from this.

770 days ago
26.

Bellaca    

He's not gotten any surgery. Sucks for my Rafa!

770 days ago
27.

Mystery    

he's beautiful.

770 days ago
28.

kim    

it was really sad day for us as Spanish people. .

275 days ago
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