Tennis Star Supports Simone Biles’ Decision
By Ruiti He
Rafael Nadal is the latest athlete to show his support in Simone’s decision. Simone withdrew from many events in the Tokyo Olympics because of her mental health. "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell was told by Rafael Nadal that he "100%" respects her decision.
"If you don't feel ready, you have been working so hard during all your life to achieve your dream. She achieved amazing things, and I am sure she will be back. But if in this moment she doesn't feel ready, and why she has to do it?" he said.
Rafael Nadal has won two Olympic gold medals. He wasn’t able to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this year due to an injury. Nadal is tied with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the most men’s Grand Slam titles of all time and is currently sitting at third in the tennis player rankings according to the Association of Tennis Professionals' rankings.
Simone Biles, the most well known female American gymnast of all time, got a lot of support when she told everyone that she would not be participating in many team and individual events to put mental health first.
"The outpouring [of] love & support I've received has made me realize I'm more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before," Biles tweeted Wednesday.
The Olympic gold medalist said she had "the twisties" while competing on vault the week before, forcing her to withdraw from the team all-around final and four individual events: all-around, vault, floor exercise, and uneven bars.