The tennis star, who has won four gold medals at past Summer Olympics, did not want to disclose why she's chosen not to play at this year's games.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion sent a “special message” to fans in Britain and Japan in particular.
The victory gives Nadal a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title.
Many players had already arrived at the tournament but are "still deciding what's next," star Rafael Nadal said.
Nick Kyrgios was facing top-seeded Rafael Nadal as he honored the Lakers great, who died in a helicopter crash.
The tennis star didn't take kindly to one reporter's outrageous suggestion about his tournament loss.
The Swiss tennis champ is currently competing at Wimbledon.
The 32-year-old Spaniard beat Austria’s Dominic Thiem in three sets.
The 31-year-old is making some adjustments.
Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka in just over two hours.