Rafa has had to pull out of big tournaments in previous years due to injury, but this time it has cost him a place at the London Olympics. This is a double blow for Rafa as his lifelong dream of bearing the Spanish flag at the Olympics has also been dashed. At 26 years old with 11 Grand Slam titles, even a professional athlete like Rafa has dreams that need to be put on hold when the body calls you to hit the brakes.
Whether you’re wielding a tennis racquet or the mighty mouse, we all need to take time out to reassess, re-prioritize and recuperate. Driving ourselves too hard can be detrimental to reaching our goals and stop us from enjoying life. Like Rafa, we should make what is sometimes a difficult decision to step back and rest so that we can come back stronger and fight another day.