I’m on the trail of more Rafalint! There’s bits and pieces all over the place…
What the contenders need to win Wimbledon by Tom Perrotta
Rafael Nadal, confidence: How severe is Nadal’s knee injury? It’s unclear at the moment, though we should know more by this weekend. Even if his knees feel OK, can Nadal overcome the injury to his spirit? His uncle and coach, Toni, told the Spanish press this week that Nadal’s chances are no longer as good, and that losing at the French Open has hurt his confidence. If he finds it by the end of the first week and starts to feel healthy, look out. If not, we might be in for another early exit, this one not at all surprising.
Rafael Nadal tests troubled knees against Andy Murray by Sandy Macaskill
Rafael Nadal’s preparations for Wimbledon intensified on Wednesday when he tested his troubled knees in a practice session with Andy Murray at the All England Club.
“Rafa was hitting the ball well,” said the British world No 3, who is Britain’s highest-ranked male player at Wimbledon since Roger Taylor in 1973 after being made the men’s third seed.
Nadal plans to play an exhibition match at London’s Hurlingham Club on Thursday against Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon winner.
The Spaniard also intends to play an exhibition match on Friday, against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, at the same venue, so the signs are that the world No 1 is going to defend his Wimbledon title.
Nadal and Murray – We Capture Pair’s Play by Frank Wiechula
RAFAEL NADAL put his injury worries behind him as he limbered up in a discreet practice stint with Andy Murray yesterday.
Nadal, who has tendinitis in both knees, looked in fine fettle as he knocked up in front of a handful of viewers on the Aorangi Park practice courts against Murray in a potential dress rehearsal for a July 5 final all of Britain would relish.
Nadal, the No1 seed who had to pull out of last week’s Wimbledon curtain-raiser at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s , did not have any strappings on his knees and ran freely .
Asked how he was feeling and if his knee was OK, Nadal just smiled and said: “Yeah.”
His uncle and coach Toni Nadal added: “He’s not bad, normal, not too good. He’ll play at Hurlingham and we will see how he is .”
Is it just me or does that article title make it sound like the guys were making out? Especially given the knocking up? ;)
Nadal gives Scot food for thought with knockabout by Simon Cambers
Andy Murray got a sneak preview of Rafael Nadal and his knee injuries yesterday as the two stepped up their preparation for Wimbledon with a practice session.
The Scot played for an hour with the defending champion, who is still not certain to play at the championships because he has tendinitis in both knees. Nadal says he won’t play unless he is 100% fit, but Murray said the Spaniard was at least in good form.
“He was hitting the ball pretty well, as you would expect,” the Scot said. “It was so windy, there were not many long rallies, so I couldn’t see how well he was moving. But he was hitting the ball well. It was on serve 4-3 but the standard wasn’t great because it was so windy, it just wasn’t worth carrying on.”
And besides, Andy has bad memories of playing Rafa in the windy.
7 questions on GCSE physical education – I promise, there’s a Rafa connection.