The King urges Nadal "not to get downhearted and "to keep on working"
Madrid, 23 July - King Juan Carlos had "moving" thoughts and words today
for tennis player Rafael Nadal who had to withdraw from competing at the
London Olympic Games and being the Spanish flag carrier at the opening
ceremony. He encouraged Nadal "not to get downhearted" and to keep on
"I'm extremely sorry about what's happened with Rafa Nadal," said Juan
Carlos at the audience he gave some 137 members of the Olympic team that
will compete in London.
Nadal had to decline to compete in London because of an injury to his
knee and the Olympic Committee decided on Pau Gasol as flag bearer in
The King had special thoughts for Nadal in words he spoke off-the-cuff
after making a speech at the audience held in the El Pardo palace.
"I really hope he doesn't get downhearted, we're all with him, he should
keep on working. We have much confidence in him and he has the Crown
behind him," said the King, who also made special mention of the values
the tennis player represents.
As for Gasol, who was not present as he is playing some preparatory
friendly matches with the Spanish basketball team, Don Juan Carlos sent
him his regards and assured him he would carry the Spanish flag very
well on 27th July and represent the country "with more than dignity".