RafaLint: January 13th
More footage from the Bacardi event:
Posted by australianopentv.
Per an article by Neil Harman on The Times site (subscription required), it seems that Rafa might be ready to quit the players’ council.
In a move that would further confirm the splits forming at the top of the men’s game, Rafael Nadal is considering his position as a vice-president of the ATP Player Council and may choose to step down today.
The article also discusses Rafa’s backing of a two year ranking system:
“I’m not the only one who likes the two-year ranking,” Nadal said, pointing to the almost unanimous support from his fellow players when they were canvassed at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.
He feels that it will protect players who are injured and will make their comeback from injury easier.
Even with a decent level of support, the idea is unlikely to become ATP policy and Nadal does not want to have to spend more time in the next couple of years pressing political points when he wants to concentrate all his endeavours on playing.
I understand wanting to concentrate on tennis, but he keeps saying he wants to change things for future players. Seems like quitting the council isn’t a step towards that. I mean, I get the way the council is set up, it’s screwed (players and tournaments getting equal votes with the chairman often voting with the tournaments to break ties), but wouldn’t being on the council be better than walking away? I dunno. Maybe it’s just a no-win situation.
I don’t usually don’t link to articles on betting sites, but this one about Almagro had a quote that amused me when it popped up via a Google Alert:
“Almagro was the hot-headed, hard-hitting bad boy, and Nadal was the hard-headed, hot-hitting little gentleman,” said Toni Nadal, uncle and coach of the world number two, Rafael Nadal.
Australian Open predictions:
- Whose Story Do You Believe? – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
- Australian Open draw breakdown – by Courtney Nguyenn (si.com)
- Two photos tweeted by ludbeyheraldsun (photographer for the Herald Sun): one; two.
- Saturday practice photos from the AO site.
- Kid’s Day photos from the AO Faceook.
- Also, just bookmark the AO WhoSay page because they keep adding photos to there too.