New York: Rafa Nadal said it was hard to accept that Spain had failed in a third successive bid to host the Olympics and described the process as “tiring” for the country.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) eliminated Madrid in the first round of voting and chose Tokyo for the 2020 Games on Saturday shortly before Nadal took to the court to defeat France’s Richard Gasquet in his US Open semi-final.
“It is hard. It is tiring for all of us, because all the country, all the city of Madrid worked a lot to have that chance, and for so many times already,” the Spaniard said. “So we feel that we deserve it, but there are only two choices (after) today — keep trying or say, ‘OK, we take a window, we take a rest for a while, and we will try again in a few years’.
“When I heard that happened it was surprise for me, especially being disqualified in the first round,” added Nadal. “Because I felt that after three attempts, that the people who decides — my feeling was, well, after a lot of years working so much, I don’t know if it’s 100 perecent fair that we go out at the first qualification.” (Reuters)