Jan 27 press round-up

Rafa and knee fluff from around the web.

Nadal back in Spain for more tests

“We don’t know the scope of the injury but there is something going on in there, something that wasn’t there before,” uncle and coach Toni Nadal told Spanish media from Australia. “Something felt wrong and it was the right decision to retire.”

“You’re always worried about these things, it’s normal,” Toni Nadal said. “It appears not to be what he had before and something else, but we must be prudent and wait and see.”

Rafael Nadal keeps his dignity despite worrying exit from Australian Open

He welcomed us at the start of his press conference and thanked us at the end of it. Rafael Nadal may have surrendered on the court – something he simply will never get his head around having to do – but he did not surrender his dignity off it.

Ranking After Australian Open: Potential Scenarios

Rafael Nadal, who lost against Murray in the quarter-finals, will drop to No. 3 or No. 4 after the Australian Open with 7,670 points, dependent on the outcome of three potential scenarios.

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32 Responses

  1. faeaki7 says:

    Wow, its like they are going all through his career, I cannot understand a word *thinks that one must learn spanish*, and at the same time they seem to be showing his passion and desire he has on the court? whats going on? can anyone explain, worried like hell! *sobs*

  2. patzin says:

    Being the competitor that he is, Rafa doesn’t like to retire during a match. These vids show some history of injury situations over a number of years. We know Rafa prepares throughout the year to be fit. It is easy to have concern for his latest injury. Know he will be well attended to and he will regain his condition asap and return to the courts. I was thinking about how much he has matured from the kid to the man – during his career. We see his evolution right in front of our eyes.
    I wish only the best for his recovery, and personally would like to see him skip the hard courts this winter, and return during the clay season in the spring. Give this a real chance to heal.

  3. Debbie says:

    The first video just renforces my love for Rafa, even though this must be killing him having to retire from a tournament where he’s the defending champion with an injury we as fans let alone Rafa doesn’t want to reocurr he still manages to be polite, charming and well down right gorgeous! I love how he goes to help Toni with his bag and the little wave he gives to the camera and well even though he’s leaving Australia in the way he’d lest like he looks upbeat and well probably delighted to be going back home. So that for definite has not only made me feel a hundred times better knowing he’s happy but also a lot more relaxed about this whole injury. I’m confident he’ll be back in no time and this shouldn’t affect him too much!

    • GB says:

      So agree about Rafa’s character. What I flove about him is how at ease he is in his own skin — he never comes over as this huge star everyone’s lucky to be in the presence of, but instead as natural and actually interested in people. I flove how he smiles at the airlines employee and touches her arm as he passes his bag through the barricade. It reminds me of how the AO drivers last year told Brad Gilbert Rafa was by far and away their fav, and an article I read about them waiting to hug him after the win. That he’s still doing it in crappy times speaks volumes.

  4. tiemyshoe says:

    In the airport vid – love that little gesture of him reaching for Toni’s bag. His bags look HUGE – what all does he put in there? I bet it’s like 35.6% cookies.

    Thanks for collecting all this! Needless to say, I love Neil Harman with the fire of a thousand suns.

  5. Isabelle says:

    As lovely as all the thigh porn is I am sure I am not the only one who would gladly forego these chapters for Rafa to be stable! Looking forward to some solid info on what the doc’s say. Thanks Miri!

  6. Susanna says:

    More excerpts – my translation combined with Google’s – from an interview with Toni in El Mundo:

    They performed a scan last night, and the images were sent to the Spanish Federation doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro, who must assess the scope. After the swelling is down they’ll do an MRI and after 48 hours an ultrasound that will be more decisive…Toni Nadal confirmed that Rafa is applying ice, and has been advised to rest.. Toni said, “It seems that this is not what he had before, but let’s see and wait, and be cautious.”

    Tony noted that his tennis has not been bad, in Abu Dhabi, Doha and here as in the Australia Open. The best match he played was precisely the one he played yesterday (against Murray)” he said. We’re happy with the level of play. As to the injury, of course not.”

    “We had the misfortune of having to withdraw but we get the satisfaction of the game, it was good, and in that respect we’re happy. …” Toni is not worried so much about Nadal’s new ranking as he is about his physical condition.

  7. Eliana says:

    I could only watch the 1st and last vids because it’s kinda hard for me to grasp the idea that he’s not well. It’s incredible how you can get attached and feel so close to a person that you’ve never even met in your life! The 1st video is cuteness galore-just show why we love that man so much. And the last one broke my heart again. You can se the pain in his eyes when he have had to retire in those matches. I really hope that he comes back stronger than ever because I know he can do it!!!

  8. Sandra says:

    Pray that there is nothing serious about Rafa’s injury. Grateful for putting up news about his injury once anyone has got any. Many thanks.

    Whatever happens, we will continue to support Rafa!!!

  9. Nana says:

    I don’t want to sound melodramatic but was he a bit teary eyed in the last VID? Breaks my heart.

    Rest well and take care Rafa, you will be fine!!

  10. nic says:

    Thanks so much Miri, I have been so dying to hear/ see anything of Rafa after that retirement. He’s looking well and lighthearted in the first vid at the Melbourne airport. And so sweet offering to help Toni with his bag. I know this is normal behaviour in most people, but when it’s Rafa it’s just lovely to see, I guess because of that very reason. Love how he smiled and put a thumbs up to the camera too. He looks rather happy to be headed home I guess. What I would give to be those people in the airport who get even just 30 seconds with him. A picture. A smile. Sigh. Love you Wafa…

  11. CC says:

    Mmm…me likey Rafa in jeans. And in that green.
    Oh, to spend a flight from Melbourne to Spain with Rafa and that t-shirt and those jeans… Inside that t-shirt and those jeans…

    Mmm… :)

  12. Rafangel says:

    Does anybody have any thoughts (or even maths) on what Rafa’s ranking might be come the French? I want to maximise my chances to get tickets for the right day (don’t think I’ll be able to convince my friend to go more than once).

    Rafa has not defended his three GSs because of injury. I reckon that means he’s owed the next three… ;)

  13. Ch F says:

    Ranking is one thing, but not the most important one. I really hope and pray it’s not serious and that he doesn’t have to stay off court too long, so that he doesn’t need extra time to regain his form and confidence when he comes back. And then of course I hope he won’t think about it while playing cause then he’ll never be calm during important points.

  14. emir says:


    • Missy says:

      His smile and kindness at a time when things are not going his way is one of his most admirable and loving traits. I would have completely understood it if he just wanted to be left alone and head home and hide his head under a pillow.

      But…that just isn’t him! He’s so strong, so loving, so positive, so understanding and down to earth, that he manages to take everything in stride and keep everything in perspective.

      So much about him that many of us can learn from. The ultimate role-model.

      • Rafangel says:

        So right. Spot on with so much I love about him. No exaggeration to say that he’s inspired me through some really tough times – and given me lots to be happy about :)

  15. minerva1881 says:

    He’s so caring about Uncle Toni, trying to help him with his bag – hope Tonis back problem hasn’t resurfaced. I think it’s a Spanish trait in general – being very caring & family oriented – Rafa has this in bucketloads. His parents have to be so proud of how they’ve raised him.
    I love how he always touches people when interacting with them, whether oponents at the net after matches, strangers at the airport wanting photos or tournament officials presenting prizes, he has a pat on the back/shoulder or hug/embrace to offer.
    Agreeing with you all – ranking doesn’t matter, just want him back fully recovered. So sad for him with this happening now when he was almost back to his form of ’08 and the confidence gradually returning. It’s a real knockback but I believe Rafa has such a strong character & with ‘positive actitude’ can overcome any hurdle.

    • Missy says:

      Absolutely Minerva1881. You said it perfectly.

      Another thing I want to note is how much Rafa takes care of us.
      He’s so in-tune with human beings and everything and everyone around him that he knows how much WE are worrying about him. So he smiles, waves, and looks positive to re-assure US that he’s going to be okay.
      I mean, who does that? He cares so much for us, that it hurts him when he has to retire because he wants to do his best, not only for him because he’s such the competitor, but for his opponent, and for his fans. I don’t I’ve ever seen a player so sorry for having to retire injured. Or sorry that his opponent had to retire to the point where he will spend overtime on court signing autographs. Or sorry that he didn’t put on a great performance even if he won.

      It reminds me of last year, how after he took that injury time-out, he sported white sleeveless during his very first doubles match back.
      Of course which shirt he’s going to wear is the least of his worries and on the bottom list of his priorities. But that didn’t matter! He knows how much WE the fans love him, and even though we couldn’t careless what he wears as long as he’s healthy and happy, he wore it anyway because he knows many of us missed it (when we were in that shallow/silly fan mode). He remembered and did it for us.

      A beautiful person like Rafa, who is going through these set-backs, can only have good things coming to him when all of this passes. I pray that this is the case. He deserves it.

      • miri says:

        If he wore a shirt just because he thought fans would like it, I’d lose so much respect for him.

        Seriously. He doesn’t shit rainbows, people. He’s an incredibly nice, wonderful and well-mannered guy and I have a great deal of respect for him. But, as much as people want to think it does, I seriously doubt his life revolves around our wishes and desires.

        • Missy says:

          *shrugs* Says you.

          I for one feel that he wore sleeveless especially for us. Almost like a “welcome back” gesture.

          The press were absolutely torturing Rafa fans during his abscense. So many negative articles…And I don’t doubt for a second that he was getting mail and messages from worried fans on whether or not any of those claims were true. They were going at him left, right and center, so-called experts, retired players, doctors who have never even met him…

          So I felt that him sporting sleevless during his doubles match was like a “Hey guys, I’m fine! Don’t worry about what those A-holes were saying about me. I’m back and I’m not going anywhere.”

          That’s how I saw it. The excitment from fans that followed about seeing him back on court again and how “ZOMG he’s wearing sleevless again! He looks so fresh and healthy and ready to kick ass” says it all.

          Rafa’s smart and caring. He knows that he’s a rock star. And when you’re a rock star it ain’t all about you. You’ve got crazed fans you’ve gotta look after. :))

          I don’t see why him being thoughtful and so aware of us would make you lose so much respect for him.

        • Rafangel says:

          No, but he respects people. Respect and courtesy are admirable. We can give him credit for it.