"Unsuitable" Nadal defends decision to miss Davis Cup round

31st January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Tennis' world number two, Rafael Nadal, yesterday defended his decision to not join Spain in the Davis Cup World Group first round tie, to be disputed from 8-10 February in Lima, Peru.

31 January 2008

MADRID - Tennis' world number two, Rafael Nadal, yesterday defended his decision to not join Spain in the Davis Cup World Group first round tie, to be disputed from 8-10 February in Lima, Peru.

Claiming he is not "suitable" to compete, Nadal said, "I arrived from Australia with a 10-hour time difference. If I go to Peru now, it's unlikely that I will be 100 percent. It's better that those who are prepared go."

Nadal also explained that this will be the first time he has voluntary backed out of the nation-vs-nation tournament, adding that he would be prepared to compete in the quarterfinals if Spain were to pass this elimination round.

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Subject: Spanish news

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