RafaLint: July 28th
Inés was kind enough to clean up a google mangle this article from marca.com (I tweaked this a bit more and hope I didn’t introduce any errors). I have to say, the only idea new to me in this article is that Rafa might have been having elbow problems (I say “might” because Marca’s track record hasn’t earned my trust). I’ve always thought Cincy was a “wait and see” thing based on how he felt and played in Montreal. (And yes, I admit, that’s a good chunk of why I wish I was going to Montreal instead of Cincy.)
Doubt for Cincinnati
by Joan Solsona
Nadal will test his knee and elbow in Montreal
He ended Wimbledon with tendinitis in both joints
He has been treated the last four weeks in Barcelona
About a week ago, Rafael Nadal thought it would be very difficult to participate in both Masters 1000 in Montreal and Cincinnati. The idea was to choose one of the two to not jeopardize his participation in the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam of the season that starts on August 26 in the courts of Flushing Meadows. The reason was the left knee tendinitis and elbow of the left arm with which he left Wimbledon, where he lost in the first round against Steve Darcis.
The discomforts, however, in both joints, appeared during the European clay tour. That’s why he never considered the option to enter in any clay tournament in July, despite the interest of the Open Bastad and Stuttgart 250 and the Open 500 of Hamburg, in which Roger Federer participated.
Nadal is one of the tennis players that better tolerates pain. But now, after a break of seven months in 2012, he did not want to take risks. At the conclusion of Wimbledon he took a forced holiday in which he couldn’t do physical activity. The Spaniard has been treated in Barcelona during the last month at the Mapfre clinic with his doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro, and he has seen a big improvement. He will travel to Montreal – accompanied by Francis Roig during the U.S. Open Series while uncle Toni will wait to travel until New York – where he will return to the competition on August 5.
Depending on his sensations and how deep he gets in the Canadian tournament, which he won in the 2005 edition, he will decide his participation in the following TMS of Cincinnati, which is situated on the calendar two weeks before U.S. Open and it is the least liked by the majority of the players and is geographically in the middle of nowhere. It is no coincidence that it is the only title that is missing for Novak Djokovic, world number 1, to register his name as a winner of all the Masters 1000.
Nadal also had a bad experience in the airport of Ohio when they took off all liquids he carried in his hand bag, including valuable colognes. (Surely Rafa has traveled in the US enough post 9/11 to know that no fluids are allowed in carry-ons – miri) Rafa is still practicing these days in Manacor, dividing his time between the tennis court and the gym, where he works on injury prevention with his phisical trainer, Joan Forcades.
Nadal is not the only one who is dealing with discomfort. Federer has had a back problem for over a year and that’s one of the reasons of his poor performance this season, in which he has won only one tournament, Halle, and lost against low ranked players like Sergiy Stakhovsky, Federico Delbonis and Daniel Brands, his last executioner in Gstaad on Thursday.
The Swiss event organizers already knew that Federer, the tennis star of the country and who gave him a cow – a gift that was previously only to given to the champion – was not at his full powers. Yet he was paid a fixed fee of 300,000 €, that was amortized by television rights and ticket sales. All tickets were sold out for days and there were rooms available in Gstaad until Monday.
Back to Asia
On the agenda of Nadal is the Open 500 of Beijing, which starts on September 30, before the TMS of Shanghai. Previously he could be called to be part of the quartet that will present Spain to fight to stay in the World Group of the Davis Cup from 13 to 15 September in Madrid. The good news for Spanish tennis players came from Barcelona where the Spanish Tennis Federation, thanks to the efforts of its president José Luis Escañuela, has acquired its own headquarters at Sant Joan Despi. The center has 10 tennis courts. For the first time in more than a hundred years of history that RFET has its own facilities, a target under the guidelines of its own strategic plan.
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