Rafael Nadal is gathering his resources after a heavy Australian Open finals loss to Novak Djokovic, with the 32-year-old Spaniard already keen to prove himself next year at the Tokyo Olympics.
The king of clay who manages quite nicely on other surfaces less to his personal liking, seems to be taking his quest seriously – he’s one of the few household names already committed to the controversial new Davis Cup, a prerequisite for players hoping to enter the Games.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion is happy to hit two birds with one stone through his Davis participation:
He would be giving a publicity helping hand to his fellow Spanish Davis organisers while insuring his own chances of being selected for Tokyo.
As far as Nadal is concerned, as long as he’s healthy, he’s ready to take to the court at the Davis Cup final next November in Madrid.
“I would like to be there, but there are still a lot of months to go, seven or eight months, almost nine,” he said. “It’s very difficult to predict what is going on in nine months, but my hope is to be there.”
Tokyo remains a particularly long-term goal with Nadal hoping to claimed a second singles gold medal a dozen years after his other from Beijing.
“You are talking about more than a year and a half away. I don’t know what is going to happen,” he said. “But my hope is to be there.
“I know Tokyo’s going to be spectacular, so I will do my best to be there.”