Rio 2016 Olympics: Rafael Nadal will play but Stan Wawrinka pulls out

Stan Wawrinka pulls out of the Rio 2016 Olympics with a back injury but Rafael Nadal confirms that he will play

Rafael Nadal has confirmed he will compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics but Stan Wawrinka has pulled out due to injury.

The 31-year-old Wawrinka aggravated a back injury during the Rogers Cup in Toronto and his withdrawal means that five of the men’s top-10 players will not take part in the Games in Rio.

Nadal has been suffering with a wrist injury in recent months but has declared himself fit to feature at Rio 2016.

The Spaniard has not played since the French Open in May but will compete in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles in Brazil.

“After discussing it with my team, I have decided I will play everything that I can,” said Nadal.

“We are here and practice has gone well – more or less. It’s not an ideal situation, there are always risks, but the MRI scan was OK.”

Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem have also withdrawn from the Olympic tennis tournament.

Federer is out of action for the rest of the year due to a knee injury, while Raonic and Berdych cited the Zika virus as the reason for their pullouts.

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