Whilst Rafa might have to put his on-court Warrior self away for a little while, its good to see that Dorky Rafa is unleashed and alive and kicking.
See him crash into a light as he prepares for a television interview. Classic!
The interview was with Reuters, and the English gist of what he had to say was this ...
"I was like scared to take the decision no? It is something that happens. You never know if it happens only one time in life bringing the flag of my country to the Olympics with all the sports family of Spain there.
All I can say is that I did as much as I could to be there and to be ready but it wasn't the right time.
My emotion and my illusion to compete in the Olympics was more than ever.
The only thing that I can do is to work hard and try to do the things that will create another opportunity in Rio 2016.
When I had to take the decision was the toughest moment. But it was something that I was thinking was going to happen for the last six, seven days because the knee was not improving.
The only thing I can do is to work hard every day as much as I can to try to recover my knee as quick as possible in the tennis calendar.
The tournaments never stop so I will try to be ready for the American season, but you never know you have to work hard everyday and see, go day by day and see how it improves.
"I will compete when my knee says I am ready to compete. I don't want to go on court with bad feeling because then it is terrible. You start, you have to stop, you suffer every day. I will go back to court when my knee is ready."
I know there are so many of you with tickets to Cincinnati, but I do commend Rafa when he says that he will go back on the court only when his knee is ready. We have no idea what pain he must endure and go through sometimes just to play, but he has an opportunity now at this stage of the season with precious little to defend other than the US Open ... so if he needs to take his time, Rafa ... do it now.