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Spanish stars Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz to form dream team for Paris Olympics 2024

Rafael Nadal boasts a record 14 French Open titles while the in-form Carlos Alcaraz claimed his maiden title last week to become the only seventh Spanish tennis player to win the men's singles title at Roland-Garros.

Written By: Sumeet Kavthale @sumeetkavthale New Delhi Updated on: June 12, 2024 20:53 IST
Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal in Paris Olympics
Image Source : GETTY Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal during the BNP Paribas Open game in Indian Wells on March 19, 2022

In a big treat to fans, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are set to play together in the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024. The Royal Spanish Tennis Federation revealed that the star duo will represent Spain in the men's doubles in the Summer Olympics on Wednesday, June 12. 

Nadal, the recipient of a record 14 French Open titles, will partner the latest Roland-Garros winner Alcaraz in the Olympics. Fans were tipping both players to feature together in the Paris Olympics as the 22-time Grand Slam winner is rapidly approaching his retirement from professional tennis.

Alcaraz, 21, bagged his maiden French Open title by beating Germany's Alexander Zverev in the five-set thriller last Sunday. Alcaraz revealed his desire to win a gold in the Olympics after his selection in the Spain's star-studded team. 

"The Olympic Games are every four years and it's a special tournament where you're not only playing for yourself, but for a country, representing every Spaniard," Alcaraz said. "I think this year I'd choose Olympic gold."

Nadal also set his eyes on the Paris Olympics after a disappointing first-round exit at Roland Garros. Nadal, who famously won the Gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, said that playing in Paris is his main goal. 

"My main goal now is to play Olympics," Nadal said on May 27. "That's going to be here. So I need to prepare myself the proper way to try to arrive here healthy and well prepared, and then let's see."

Notably, Nadal is only male tennis player after Andre Agassi to win all four Grand Slam medals and Olympics gold in singles, making it a 'career golden slam'. Alcaraz will also be chasing this historic feat having already won Wimbledon (2023) and US Open (2022). 

Spain's men's team for the Paris Olympics: Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, Pablo Carreno Busta, Alejandro Davidovich and Marcel Granollers.

Spain's women's team for the Paris Olympics: Anabel Medina, Sara Sorribes Tormo, Cristina Bucsa.

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