Just before I went to bed last night, @Rafael_Plaza tweeted that a story was to come out in Marca today claiming Rafa had decided to pull out from Indian Wells and Miami. While @Rafael_Plaza has proven to be a good source, Marca’s been more up and down with their statements on Rafa’s schedule. Sure enough, the article was posted today (mangle). Shortly afterwards, however, reports came via @tomeuterrasa and @PauFerragut that Toni had denied this on
There’s a nice interview with Rafa in today’s edition of L’Equipe (print only, I think). Moondancer of VamosBrigade has done the difficult translation work. Please visit their site to read the full translation.
A few bits I found interesting.
It’s a settled pain. I could feel it in the morning while getting up and in the afternoon while I’m eating or while hitting a backhand. My first two days in Chili were difficult: I was feeling a lot of pain and I didn’t have
Rafa Nadal: “Espero hacer un buen torneo” – via mundodeportivo.com (mangle)
Ask the Physio – discussing Rafa Nadal’s knee injury – by Alasdair Jones (thetennisspace.com)
Nadal, portada en Chile por responder un tuit – via sportyou.es (mangle)
Nadal keeping expectations low before comeback in Chile – Writing by Iain Rogers in Madrid, editing by Clare Fallon, total lack of formatting and paragraph breaks by someone at guardian.co.uk
Rafa Nadal reconoce que aún nota molestias en la rodilla – as.com (mangle)
Nadal relishing return – you can tell it’s been awhile since he’s been doing English
It seems that a lot of the stuff included in this lint post caused rampaging speculation, paranoia, fear and loathing to be unleashed on twitter today. (Okay, I’m exaggerating, but hey, that’s what a lot of people seem to be doing today.) I was lucky enough to miss most of it because I had a very busy day at work. But I’d just like to encourage people to calm down. Rafa’s not played at a competitive level for a long time. His
There are a lot of sites out there claiming that it’s confirmed that Rafa’s playing in Viña del Mar. As far as I know, his camp has not confirmed anything yet. Per Genny and Inés, the Spanish press and reporters are saying that the tournament really wants him (d’uh!), are holding a WC for him, and are hoping to announce something soon, but Rafa’s camp hasn’t signed on the dotted line yet. He may well end up playing there, and may confirm things soon after I post this so I look like an idiot, but it’s not confirmed yet.
(The “I’m only slightly delirious from one sleepless Australian Open night” edition.)
Babolat is offering you the chance to win cool prizes…if you have reflexes like Rafa (and a Facebook account). Play here.
A promo video for the contest:
‘Big Four’ Still Missing a Vital Element: Nadal – by Christopher Clarey (nytimes.com)
Moyà: “Ahora mismo le falta algo al tenis y ese algo es Nadal” – an interview with Moya in which he has
Nadal’s Nurturing Nature Will Enable His Revival – by Chris Oddo (tennisnow.com)
Barbadillo: “Nadal wants to come back when he feels well” – via ubitennis.com
Brasil Open briga com Chile e Argentina nas negociações para trazer Nadal – by Gustavo Faldon (espn.br) And here’s the mangle – everyone wants Rafa.
Nadal reprograma su calendario – via diariodemallorca.es (mangle)
Ocho meses sin Nadal – via puntodebreak.com (mangle)
NBA’s Dirk Nowitzki still has a passion for tennis – by
Rafa wishes us Happy New Year – first in video form (via @DavidJNadal):
And then he goes back in time and has his 12 year old self wish us the same via a photo.
Rivals support Rafael Nadal comeback delay AFP via theaustralian.com.au
Report Card: Djokovic, Tomic, Li off to hot starts, others not so much – by Courtney Nguyen. Read past the grade. That short paragraph is in sensible contrast to the following article…
One Title, Many Pain – by Peter Bodo (For the masochists/completists out there. Not
Rafa’s doctor gave an interview last week and given all the questions that have been swirling about his recovery, delay and then sudden re-emergence in the practice courts, I thought it might be worth paying attention to. But…it was in Spanish and I’m stupid. So I asked Genny for some help. Here’s her sum-up of the interview.
This interview to Dr. Cotorro took place last week (Dec 29). It is quite long and now I
Injury and Illness to Keep Nadal Out of Australian Open – by Christopher Clarey (nytimes.com). This is the best article I could find on the withdrawal. It has actual research in it!
Nadal’s publicist, Benito Pérez Barbadillo, said in a telephone interview that Nadal began to feel ill Dec. 20 in his home island of Majorca in Spain. At that stage, Pérez Barbadillo said, Nadal had been practicing with increased intensity, but his illness forced him to stop training and doctors