21 Jun 2012

Nadal honoured to be Spanish Olympic flag bearer

11:27 am on 21 June 2012

Olympic tennis champion Rafael Nadal says he's honoured to have been asked to carry the Spanish flag at the London Olympics opening ceremony in what he believes will be one of the most emotional moments of his career.

The world number two, who recently won a record seventh French open title, his 11th Grand Slam victory overall, was the unanimous choice of the Spanish Olympic Committee.

The 26-year-old says all he can do is thank all the heads of the Olympic federations who have given him this opportunity.

He says to carry this flag will be one of the most emotional moments he's going to have in his career and he believes it is a recognition for what he's have achieved over the years.

Nadal will succeed former Olympic canoeing champion David Cal who led the Spanish contingent in Beijing.

The Mallorca native will be attending his third Olympics after competing in the doubles in Athens in 2004, and winning the singles in Beijing four years ago.

World number one Novak Djokovic will carry Serbia's flag at the opening ceremony on July 27th.