It appears Rafael Nadal will be swinging for gold this summer…
The 30-year-old Spanish tennis star’s name appears on the final entry list for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Nadal, a 14-time Grand Slam tournament champion hasn’t played since pulling out of the French Open because of an injured left wrist and needed the International Tennis Federation‘s Olympic Committee to approve his appeal because he hasn’t played Davis Cup.
Nadal won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
But Nadal isn’t the only Latino player set to compete at the 2016 Rio Games.
Twelve Latino players, including 2012 London Games bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro, will compete in the men’s singles tournament.
In the women’s draw, six Latinas will be competing in singles, including French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, who will also compete in the doubles draw.
Half-Spanish tennis star Caroline Garcia, who won the women’s doubles title at this year’s French Open, will also compete in singles and doubles for France.
In all, here will be 64 players in the singles draws and 32 in doubles. Singles entries were based off the top 56 players in the June 6 rankings, with other ways to qualify for the final eight spots.
Each country is allowed a maximum of four singles players and two doubles teams for six players total on the men’s and women’s sides. Sixteen mixed doubles teams will be determined in Rio from players already in the Olympics.
Here’s the list of Latino players expected to compete:
MEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST
Juan Martin del Potro, Federico Delbonis, Juan Monaco, Guido Pella
Thomaz Bellucci, Rogerio Dutra Silva
Victor Estrella Burgos
Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Roberto Bautista Agut, Albert Ramos-Vinolas
WOMEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST
Teliana Pereira (ITF)
Veronica Cepede Royg (TRI)
Garbine Muguruza, Carla Suarez Navarro
MEN’S DOUBLES ENTRY LIST
Juan Martin del Potro/Maximo Gonzalez, Federico Delbonis/Guillermo Duran
Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares, Thomaz Bellucci/Andre Sa (ITF)
Julio Peralta/Hans Podlipnik (ITF)
Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah
Marc Lopez/Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut/David Ferrer
WOMEN’S DOUBLES ENTRY LIST
Paula Cristina Goncalves/Teliana Pereira (ITF)
Caroline Garcia [paired with Kristina Mladenovic]
Garbine Muguruza/Carla Suarez Navarro, Anabel Medina Garrigues/Arantxa Parra-Santonja