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Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal was
included on the entry list for the
Olympic Games tennis tournament on
Friday after appealing to the
International Tennis Federation (ITF).
The 14-time Grand Slam champion had
not met the qualifying criteria, which
involves a set number of Davis Cup
appearances in an Olympic cycle, for
next month’s Games in Rio.
World number four Nadal hasn’t played
since a wrist injury forced him to
withdraw from the French Open and
also ruled him out of Wimbledon.
Nadal was the gold medallist at the
2008 Beijing Olympics but missed the
2012 London Games because of a knee
He is due to carry Spain’s flag at the
opening ceremony in Rio on August 5.
Reigning champions Andy Murray and
Serena Williams will defend their
Olympic titles on the Rio hard courts,
the ITF had already confirmed.
Top stars including world number one
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are
also playing in Brazil.