Rafa and Feli were supposed to play their first doubles match today, but the weather had other plans. Rain lasted so long, all doubles matches were cancelled. Instead, they should start on Tuesday in a match scheduled for not before 3pm local time.
Rafa practiced for more than two hours on Sunday:
Posted by the ATP
- Nadal Working Hard In Stuttgart As His Focus Shifts To Grass – via atpworldtour.com
“I don’t need to deal with (the loss to Djokovic) anymore. It’s in the past. I just have to improve my level of tennis, my intensity on the court. If I can do that, then I am confident I can get back to the highest level.”
- Pressekonferenz mit Rafael Nadal – via mercedescup.de (the mangle)
- Rafa Nadal: “En este mes ya he vuelto a disfrutar del tenis” – via as.com. Includes a video excerpt from today’s presser. (mangle)
- Grass Season Begins: Nadal Headlines Stuttgart, Hewitt Returns – via atpworldtour.com
Top seed Nadal is making his ninth grass-court tournament appearance after Roland Garros. The nine-time Roland Garros champion (70-2 record) comes into Stuttgart after his 39-match winning streak in Paris was snapped by Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. He has a 53-15 career record on grass (.779) with three titles.
- Rafael Nadal: I can get back to the top – by Matias Grez (cnn.com)
- How Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam success compares to Federer, Nadal – by Stanely Kay (si.com)
While winning one out of every five Grand Slams entered puts Djokovic among the best ever, the fact that Federer and Nadal’s rates of success dwarf Djokovic’s at similar points in their careers underscore just how dominant Fed and Rafa have been. (Nadal has only played 41 Grand Slams in his career.)
Federer had won 36% of his first 42 Grand Slam main draw entrees, while Nadal has won 34% of his 41 attempts.
- Fifty parting thoughts from the 2015 French Open – by Jon Wertheim (si.com) WARNING: auto-playing video on the page.
In the wake of the controversy, here’s an email an anonymous official sent me: “I found it interesting that it has gotten so much attention as this situation is relatively common through all levels of tennis. All chair umpires, from college through the futures, challengers and ATP/WTA have a “no list” of players whose matches they don’t want to officiate, generally due to an issue that arose in a recent match. Most of the time umpires will only put a player on the list for a few weeks to give tensions time to defuse—in rare circumstances, perhaps after repeated issues, it might be permanent. This happens all the time, and most of the time the player doesn’t even know about it.
A player making the request, like Nadal did, is much less common, but is usually honored just like if the umpire had made the request. So much of being an effective chair umpire depends on having the confidence and respect of the players, and if a recent incident is in the back of a player’s mind, it can cause there to be a lack of confidence in the official before the match even starts. Our goal as officials is to give players a fair match without unnecessarily becoming part of the match, and you never want something from a past match to affect a future one—from either the player’s or official’s side. There are many qualified officials at all of these tournaments, so keeping one player away from a specific official, doesn’t burden the officiating assignments too much and generally makes for a smoother match for all involved.”
- Media day in Stuttgart
- Rafa Nadal: “Te espero el 14 de junio en el Bernabéu”
- US Open promos: one, two and three – lawnmower alert!
- Audio: Interview with Roig (in Spanish)
- This gallery includes some press conference photos.
- This gallery has some practice photos from yesterday.
- So does this Facebook post.
- French Open 2015 Top 100 – si.com
Here’s some photos from media day in Stuttgart:
Photos by MARIJAN MURAT/dpa
Rafa does social media:
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 8, 2015