“Very Excited” – Garbine Muguruza Hopes to Partner Rafael Nadal and Carla Suarez Navarro at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 01/05/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain hugs the Musketeers’ Cup as he celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


20-time grand slam joint record holder, Rafael Nadal looks certain to carry his sensational form into the coming season. The Spaniard has conquered almost all the feats that exist in the sport. In the coming season, there will be an added responsibility for players, the Tokyo Olympics 2021.

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Rafa has enjoyed competing at the Olympics over time. He has enjoyed more success compared to his arch-rivals. Nadal has won the gold medal in the men’s single, back in 2008 in Beijing. He also won the doubles gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Now, his Spanish counterpart, Garbine Muguruza is looking forward to representing her nation at the Olympics.

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Garbine Muguruza of Spain waves to the camera after winning the second round Ladies Singles match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine on Day 3 of 2017 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 26, 2017 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)

Tried to play Mixed Doubles at the Rio Olympics 2016

While speaking at a pre-event press conference at WTA Abu Dhabi, the 2017 Wimbledon champion couldn’t contain her excitement and stated, “I’m very excited. Very excited about the Olympics. I was excited last year, and I’m still excited. Hopefully, this year is going to happen. So about the mixed doubles? Yes, of course. I’m excited.

“We tried to play them in Rio, but it’s kind of hard to play singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.”

Garbine has been keenly waiting to participate in the Games ever since they was supposed to be held last season. However, they were postponed further due to the coronavirus pandemic.

She would relish the chance to partner Rafael Nadal in the doubles category at the games. Moreover, she would also like to play along with Carla Suarez Navarro. 

Always looking forward to playing with Rafael Nadal

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Speaking further at the press conference, Muguruza stated, “I’m always super looking forward with playing with Rafa I think is, you know, one of the best players in history to play with I think that would be great. I think that it would be great also to play that was with Carla if she’s able to be back.

“So I want to play in all of the competitions.”

The Spaniard, Carla Suarez Navarro, announced in September last year that she had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a malignant tumor of the lymphatic system. However, she is now back on the tennis court, having undergone her chemotherapy. When athletes go through such instances in life, the joy of returning back is unexplainable. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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