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Rafael Nadal pulls out of London Olympics

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March 20, 2010: In this file photo, Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the London Olympics, saying he is `not in condition' to compete.

Nadal said in a statement Thursday it is one of the saddest moments of his career and that he will not travel with the Spanish delegation to London. He was set to be the flag bearer for Spain during the opening ceremony.

Nadal won gold in Beijing in 2008.

Nadal has not played since he was eliminated in the second round of Wimbledon to then 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol.