Well, that’s the question Reuters is asking in their headline and they even pump it up with the word “fear.” Of course, Reuters also isn’t good at understanding the standard Rafaeese of refusing to brag about his chances for any tournament.
“I can’t tell you if I’ll be 100 percent for the U.S. Open,” Nadal told Reuters in an exclusive interview on Friday.
“It depends on many factors but clearly, I’ll work as hard as I can try to be in condition there. But most of all, I want to make sure my knees respond well.
“Once I know my knees will respond well, I can train well, I can compete with greater calm and that’s what will give me, little by little, the confidence to train at the maximum level,” he said.
Yep. Standard pre-tournament talk for Rafa.
“I arrived at two very important tournaments this season, Roland Garros (French Open) and Wimbledon without my best condition but for the rest I am here and I am very happy to come back on court with the best motivation to work hard to try to play my best tennis as soon as possible.
“I know its going to be tough in the beginning because after two months outside of competition its always tough to come back after an injury but I am going to be ready to work very hard as soon as possible,” he added.
We know you will Rafa. And we promise to do our best to be with colm about any outcome.
“Well, it’s clear that the calendar can’t be perfect for everyone but I think that we — the players, the ATP — are working hard to try to develop the best possible calendar for the players and for the tournaments.
“I think that everyone knows that starting on January 1 and ending on December 5 is too long of a calendar but it’s not easy to fix because there are many tournament interests at play and everything is very difficult. We can’t scorn any tournament.
“We must try to find the best possible solution that more or less pleases everyone,” he said.
It ends on my birthday? Well, I want a shorter calendar for my b-day present. Got that, ATP?