View Full Version : Nadal Will Pull Out of Hamburg

05-09-2005, 07:34 AM
Just got the info from a source in Spain. In fact, Toni Nadal is already in Mallorca, but Rafa will fly to Germany to undergo the obligatory ATP medical tests. He'll fly to Mallorca on Tuesday.

Toni has said that even with the week off after Barcelona, Rafa has been suffering from tiredness. He felt it a lot in Rome.

Toni also said the main problem on his hand isn't the blister. He has a deep cut on his forefinger, but Toni thinks that after 4 days of rest, Rafa will feel a lot better and be able to resume the trainings.

And here's something interesting. On Sunday morning, Rafa practiced with Thomas Muster. Rafa felt very tired, and lost the tiebreak against Muster. Both Rafa and Toni thought Coria would win the match, and they decided then that Rafa would have to come to the net more to try to shorten the points, to reduce the length of the match.

Not sure that tactic worked very well, but I'm glad he's pulling out of Hamburg.

05-09-2005, 07:50 AM
Smart move, but it would be amazing if he could win all 3 of the clay Masters.

05-09-2005, 07:54 AM


Thomas Muster (Muster practiced with Nadal four times this week while

preparing for his Delta Tour of Champions matches):

“Maybe he won’t win the French this year, maybe not next year, but there is going to be a time when he is going to win the French Open. He’s playing great this year and we’ll have to see how much energy he has left for the French because he’s very young and there are a lot of things for him to cope with mentally. He’s a young kid with lots of expectations. There will definitely come a time when he wins it, maybe he’ll win it this year, it wouldn’t surprise me, but the main thing is that he’s not waiting for it to come to him – he’s coming out with the attitude that he’s going to go for it and that’s already a very big step.

“He’s a lefty too and we have similar kinds of game. Looking at his game I completely understand what he is thinking, how he is trying to set up his game and play the next shot. I can read his game pretty well, but there’s a respect there. He respects what I did in the game and I respect the young fellow that he is. He has come along as a great young player with a long way to go but he’s already had very good success and has a very good mind for the game. The energy he has got and his attitude are very good for the game. He’s going to be very successful.”

Jim Courier:

“I first heard about Rafael about two seasons ago. He took out Moya who has really been his mentor, and to do that at such a young age really signalled that this guy was ‘someone’ for sure. We’ve watched him grow and mature his game the last couple of years.

“You have to start with his competitive instincts – he just loves the battle and it doesn’t matter whether he wins or loses the first set – he comes right back in the second ready to go. He hits a very heavy ball and has become a physical presence in the last couple of years and he uses the weight of his shots very effectively. One thing I think is underrated is his movement too. He plays good defence and he’s able to turn defence into offence with his power.

“I don’t think there’s a different challenge for him at the French Open as far as the opponents are concerned. The challenge will be the two week battle and also dealing with any kind of nerves he might have if he gets in towards the end. Obviously we are a long, long way away from the final weekend in Paris and a lot remains to be seen where he is then. I, and the rest of the tennis world who’s not playing any more, am knocking on wood and hoping that he stays healthy because he hasn’t played at Roland Garros yet because of injuries, and it would be great to see him compete for that title.

“Although his best surface is certainly clay I think he has shown that he can adapt to other surfaces. He had a run at Wimbledon on his debut there, he’s made the finals of Miami recently and he’s shown an all-court flavour which is good because my generation of players from the States – some of us could play well on all surfaces, a couple of us couldn’t, and I think that Rafael is putting his hand up in the air and saying: ‘I’m going to be around for a while’. When you look at the history of the game, players that show themselves to be champions at this early stage of their careers tend to go on to have big careers. For him the upside is fairly large because he’s already shown he’s not afraid of other surfaces. His game may not be adaptable to grass, but his attitude is. He’s firmly committed to it, and as the grass courts have firmed up at Wimbledon it’s given the groundstrokers an ability to compete there.”

John McEnroe:

“He’s going to be one of the great players. He’s going to end the year as one of the top guys already. It just remains to be seen how quickly he’ll learn to play on grass and the faster surfaces. He’s played a lot of tennis and needs to make sure that he doesn’t overdo it, but he loves to play. You can see it, he’s so fired up and that’s what our sport needs – a guy that loves to be out there. He plays to the crowd and I love seeing that.

“The final was a fantastic clay court match and the sort of match that I look at and think ‘thank God I could play well on hard courts and grass because to have to play against those guys on this surface would have been unbelievably difficult. They gave everything they had and that’s all you can ask for from our sport – to see two guys giving 110%. That’s the beauty of youth – there were times when it looked like Nadal was out of it but he kept fighting back. Coria’s got experience and he wanted it bad, he wanted to show he was back and the best in the business on this surface, but Nadal just denied him – wouldn’t let him off the hook.

“There were probably 10 different times when it looked like Coria would win it, a number of times it looked like Nadal was going to win it. I think they’ll probably need a day off!”

Information supplied by the Delta Tour of Champions – if used, please credit accordingly

05-09-2005, 08:17 AM
confirmed Nadal out of hamburg

05-09-2005, 08:24 AM
Who's the lucky loser!

05-09-2005, 08:28 AM

Jack the Hack
05-09-2005, 09:39 AM

It's good information you have posted here, especially the quotes from the former pros. Nobody can argue much with those viewpoints since they have been there themselves!

I'm glad that Nadal has decided against playing in Hamburg. With the minor injuries he has, he needs to rest for a couple weeks to give himself the best shot at the French as possible. I didn't think he had a realistic shot at winning this year, but was massively impressed with the fifth set comeback yesterday. He looked like he was fading away (like in Miami), but fought back from 0-3 (double breaks!) down. I knew he was a fighter, but I didn't think he had that kind of effort in him at this stage in his career...

The French Open should be really fun to watch this year...

Max G.
05-09-2005, 02:04 PM
I really like Nadal to get another title. When Roddick is out, Nadal should have an easy path to final. Really too bad that he withdrew..


Nah. On clay, there's no such thing as an "easy draw" - Nadal would have to be super-fit every match to win. Sure, he might have gotten far in the tournament, despite having to play Andreev, Novak, and Canas, followed by Gasquet... but then he would have been dead tired for the French Open, if he wasn't this week already. The top priority right now should be to prepare himself for Roland Garros, and his best shot at that is to rest.

05-09-2005, 02:06 PM
is the atp gonna try to fine these guys like they tried todo hewitt? i dont think they gave their 72 hour notice.

05-09-2005, 03:45 PM
lol yea watch them fine nadal...that would be funny

05-09-2005, 03:51 PM
moya has also pulled out of hamburg

05-09-2005, 05:17 PM
lol yea watch them fine nadal...that would be funny

nadal has never sued them, he should be ok :)

05-09-2005, 06:41 PM
Nadal will be the raging bull at RG. Smart move to pull out, it means he wil enter RG on a high knowing he can beat anyone on clay.

05-09-2005, 06:53 PM
Rafa won't be fined, because he travelled to Hamburg and was evaluated by the ATP trainer, who declared him unfit to play because of the cut on his hand. And since the relatively minor injury was exacerbated by five hours of play yesterday, I don't think they are going to worry about lack of notice.