In not surprising news, it seems that Rafa has withdrawn from the Miami tournament. Here is the acceptance list that shows Rafa’s name crossed off. Seems like a wise move to me – he gained a lot of confidence in his recent tournaments. Why push the knees with another hard court tournament? Especially one with conditions that don’t suit his game as well as Indian Wells? Go home, say hello to the clay again and prepare for Monte-Carlo.
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
Rafa’s getting ready for Monte-Carlo:
The return of the real Rafa? – by Ravi Ubha (ESPN.com)
Nadal: “Las sensaciones son buenas” para Montecarlo – by EFE via as.com (mangle)
El Govern, l’Ajuntament de Manacor i l’esportista Rafael Nadal col·laboren per al finançament de l’Auditori de Manacor – about the donation for the auditorium; includes hi-res picture – you might want to avert your eyes instead of looking at the hair. (mangle)
Rafa Nadal dona 150.000 euros para equipar el Auditorio de Manacor – thanks, Beebs. And here’s the mangle. (Direct
Miami news wrap-up; full quarterfinal match video; someone plays tennis in their undies – sadly, it’s not Rafa. Enjoy the RafaLint!
Photos from today’s presser:
Photos by AP Photo/Lynne Sladky and Reuters
He’s really improved his self-filming skills. I have great illusion that soon these will seem like full-fledged professional productions!
Is it wrong that I’m thinking he added that quiet little “guys” just for us? Yes. I am. *steps away from the KoolAid*
Oh, and Rafa? You don’t need to thank us…in fact…thank you!
Rafa’s words about why he had to withdraw from the Miami semifinal from a few different sources. First, he shared the news via Facebook.
Second, a studio interview:
Third, video and summary of the presser from Tennis Panorama News.
Lastly, a transcript of the presser (as much as I hate copying stuff from elsewhere without adding something to it, I can’t snark on a withdrawal presser):
Q. Perhaps you could just take us through the situation you’re faced with. We assume it’s your knee. Could you tell us the story of the last couple of
News from Miami is that Rafa has withdrawn from the tournament due to left knee pain.
Yeah, I’m running very late today. It’s been a very non-fun two days in a row for me. Okay, now Rafa stuff!
Posted by vrsuzi.
Raquet Reaction: Nadal d. Tsonga – by Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
Nadal Tops Tsonga To Set Murray Clash – by Matt Fitzgerald (sonyericssonopen.com)
Quarterfinals Rollercoaster – by Kimber Bennett (10sworld.com)
Rafael Nadal needs nearly three hours to get past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Key Biscayne – by Richard Evans (foxsports.com)
Photos from last night’s match against Tsonga.
Photos by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images, REUTERS/Robert Sullivan, and AP Photo/J Pat Carter