Rafael Nadal To Carry Spain's Flag In Opening Ceremony

HALLE, GERMANY - JUNE 14: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after his round of 16 match against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia during day four of the Gerry Weber Open at Gerry Weber Stadium on June 14, 2012 in Halle, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

By the time of the closing ceremonies at Beijing, Rafael Nadal carried a gold medal.

At London's opening ceremonies -- in just 36 days -- Nadal will be carrying something else for his home country of Spain: the Spanish flag.

The Spanish Olympic Committee decided Wednesday that their 11-time Grand Slam tennis champion would lead Team Spain into the opening ceremonies July 27.

The matches will be played from July 28 to Aug, 5 on the grass courts of Wimbledon. Two of Rafa's 11 Slam titles came on that grass.

Also, Nadal, the world's second-ranked men's singles player, will defend his 2008 Gold medal during his third Olympics. He will also be playing doubles with Marcel Granollers.

From the AP:

"For me the chance to carry the flag representing all the Spanish athletes in London is a true honor," Nadal said in a statement. "I think carrying the flag will be one of the most moving moments of my entire career.

"I can only say thanks and wish my fellow athletes the best of luck."

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