Nadal and Alcaraz team up for Olympic doubles, Badosa out

June 13, 2024 12:00 pm

Spain's Carlos Alcaraz Garfia with Spain's Rafael Nadal [Source: Reuters]

Spain’s Rafa Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will team up to play doubles at this year’s Olympics in Paris, the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation (RFET) said on Wednesday, but former world number two Paula Badosa will skip the Games.

Nadal won an Olympic singles gold medal in 2008 and a doubles gold in 2016, but the Paris Games will be Alcaraz’s first as he returns to Roland Garros where he was crowned French Open champion on Sunday.

Nadal’s participation was up in the air with the 14-times French Open champion still not at his best following injuries but national team coach David Ferrer said the 38-year-old would team up with 21-year-old Alcaraz.

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The other players selected are Pablo Carreno Busta and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina while Marcel Granollers, who is ranked world number two in doubles, is also in the squad.

Sara Sorribes and Cristina Bucsa, Spain’s top-ranked players and Madrid Open doubles champions, form the women’s team with Badosa not travelling after her ranking plummeted due to injuries.

Badosa can use her protected ranking only at two major events, with the former world number two expected to use it at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.