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  1. Clarky21

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    Not really. I would rather he retire than continue on at 25% of what he once was. It's sad to see and I would rather not watch him decline so badly. Seems Borg knew what he was doing all along.
     
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    "The recovery process is following its normal path. I had a very positive week in Chile. But it is evident that I need more matches, more training sessions. It's a lot of months without competing. But as always I've come here to Brazil to try the best possible, to give myself to every moment and then hope that things turn out well".

    "I've got to be realistic. I'm not prepared yet to think of titles. I have to live day by day. About this tournament only today I'm going to know the conditions of the court, which I was told is pretty fast, but I'm only going to have an idea when I train and , afterwards, when I play the doubles".

    According to the doctors I'm going to be fine and to recover completely, but what worries me is time, because we tennis players, unlike golf players, have a very short time to exercise our profession. I still have pain and limitations in my movements but the doctors tell me that that is normal, so I keep doing everything that is recommended to me to heal as fast as possible".

    "(Hard courts) are the most harmful for the ankles, the back, the knees. It's not something that the players say. Doctors say it. But I don't think that we will have a change in my generation. I think the ATP has to think in something that can extend tennis players' careers. I don't imagine footballers playing on cement. I don't imagine practising more aggressive sports, on this kind of surface. I think it's only in tennis where we make this mistake. I don't think it's going to change, but they have to work on it".

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    Not "really"?. Does that mean you are then a tiny little bit happy?.

    I prefer him to have the guts to give it a try.

    Plus that was only the first tournament he's played in seven months. We might as well wait a while before judging where his level is at.
     
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    No not at all. I am not happy watching him barely able to move out there and losing to mugs on his best surface. I feared he would not be the same after his return, and I would rather not watch him bounce around on the tour getting beaten by every mug he comes across. Retiring is a much better option than that.
     
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    Rafa in a press conference in Brazil from a couple of days ago, talking about his injury problem and the doping issue:

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    “[…]Worries are logical and doubts are logical, no?. But it’s true that Guga, unfortunately, had to stop because of a problem, I think that very serious, in his hip. My problem is different, no?, I’m not with such a serious problem, it simply is a problem as of today, of pain in the tendon, the problem I’ve had in the knee is very well, according to the doctors. The problem is that the tendon still hurts me, many days, and there are days when it does limit me physically somewhat. But the truth is I don’t think I’m in a similar situation (to Guga’s). I’ve got much confidence that this is going to get better, that… I have it (the confidence) and the doctors have it, which is the most important. So, I’m not worried that this might be a problem for the future. The only thing that worries me is the time that it will take me to be perfect. Because the tennis career is a career which isn’t… of 25 years, like golf, it’s a career which has a limited time, and what I hope for is to be well, to be without physical problems, to have the opportunity of being able to work as much as I want and to compete as much as I want in the… shortest time span possible. That is where we are, and today we are better than we were four months ago. But I need time and confidence in that everything will work out fine”.

    To some another question (clearly about the doping issue): “I’ve said it in the past, no?, I think that … that the sport with the terrible news that has happened with Armstrong, well, sport ends up harmed always, when what is theory was a myth, well, it’s discovered it was, that in the end the myth was through cheating, no?. So let’s no deceive ourselves. But also, it’s cycling that’s especially damaged, not sport in general. I think that not because of (some kind of laugh or something) some sinners we have to be all tarred with the same brush, first, and second, (anti-doping) controls, as many as necessary, however many that is, without a doubt, because at the end, I want to be sure, I think everyone wants to be sure, that the person who’s in front of you on a tennis court, running besides you on an athletics’ track, besides you on cycling, on any sport, is in the same conditions in which you are. And for that to happen, controls have to be, from my point of view, public. Because if controls are private, we’ve got a problem, which is that Federer comes out and says that we have to have more controls, with which, when this happens, people don’t know of how many controls we’re talking about. I think that as of today, the only thing we can do is to work all along the same lines, to work all of us to clean the image of sport, which has been damaged, I think sport has to be an example for children, an example for society, an example of positive values and of education for life, and cheating doesn’t represent any of these. Which, for me, if we have to pass one control every week, there’s no problem, I support to have a many controls as necessary for sport to be clean, but mainly support that the controls are public, that everyone ho is here, everyone in the street, can know how many controls we’ve passed a year, of blood and urine, otherwise… at the end we’ll have the same problem, and sport, first, has to be clean, but it also has to look it. For it to look it, we all have to know the controls which everyone goes through, and so, you’ll see, or you’ll know, what really is or what is not. Controls, however many they are, with maximum respect also always, I think there are times when they are disrespectful”.
     
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    Thanks for translating that Crisstti. Rafa is so well spoken in Spanish and, as always, has some very interesting things to say.

    I love love love!!!! that promo he did for his upcoming party. He's so damned cute. :)
     
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    The Rafamania in Brazil.

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    According to this, Rafa received two million dollars to play in Brazil.

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    I wouldn't be surprised. Rafa is a tennis god there and I'm sure they're making the money back - they probably raised ticket prices like they did in Chile and the place has been packed every day. Media from Brazil say they've never seen anything like it. Ella Ling, the famous tennis photographer, says that the Rafa mania is crazy. Rafa's been doing a ton of pr for the tournament and various sponsors too so they're getting tons of publicity as well. Did you see the photo of Rafa's first presser?

    That said, I almost wish he wasn't getting so much money. Maybe then he could have withdrawn citing concerns about his knee. That court is dangerous - all the players are complaining about it - and it's making me nervous. I just have my fingers crossed that Rafa can finish it out safely without being injured and get the hell out of town.
     
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    Rafa almost drops the trophy. Oooops!!!! :)

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    He's got a proper grip on it now and he's happy. So am I!!

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    Here's to you Rafa. May you bite many more trophies.

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    He hasn't changed all that much, has he, except to get more handsome. The trophy has changed more than him. :)

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    Homie needs to use more sunscreen.
     
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    True that :)
     
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    He looks very pensive. Wonder what's going through his mind as he's sitting there waiting for the ceremony. He's been through so many ups and downs in the last year, or is he thinking back even further and remembering how innocent and naive he was when he first won the tournament eight years ago. A good journalist could get quite a story out of him I think. ;)
     
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    Crisstti, you mentioned how slim Rafa is in real life and I think this picture is one of the better ones I've seen in depicting just that, Popeye bicep notwithstanding. ;)
     
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    Yeah, I agree it is :)

    That is an awesome trophy btw.

    And I loved the shorter shorts and the colour of the shirt.
     
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    :-?

    http://sports.ndtv.com/tennis/news/item/203845-mass-security-for-rafael-nadals-mexico-event
     
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    That's crazy, those poor tourists, good thing they have more security.

    I would just be like "stuff this, I'm not going" lol.
     
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    Incredible. It's just staggering the levels this is getting to in Mexico :-?

    Good that they've brought in that kind of security, but it still seems worrying Hope it'll be safe.
     
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    With 72 kidnappings PER DAY, Mexico seems to be in its own class in this kind of activity. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/21/72-kidnappings-in-mexico-_n_2346525.html

    The reason they are bringing in the army is that the police can't be trusted. Just an example: The police department in a municipality near the capital is now being investigated because some policemen have been renting out their uniforms, weapons and police cars to criminals for the last 3 years. So robbers would get into police gear and calmly proceed to rob whoever they wanted: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/898858.html
     
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    It seems, that Mexico has other, more important things to care about, than paying ridiculous amounts of money to the participants in a tennis tournament.
     
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    You are such a sad individual. Seriously, get help.

    I bet you would be praising this extra security if it were Fed.
     
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    I knew the situation in Mexico was bad, but I didn't realise just how bad it is.
     
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    Yep, this is terrifying. He should have played elsewhere instead of taking the risk for money he does not need. I hope nothing happens to him while he's there.
     
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    blokes tied up..7 women raped..all on holiday :confused:

    i dont think that was on the agenda in the holiday brochure.
     
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    Rafa owns a hotel in Cozumel and he's staying there this week. They've also bulit a clay court so he can practice.

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    I haven't posted in these forums for a long time, for obvious reasons (trolls), but i'm glad, actually more than glad Rafa is back!! Also, i see 6-1,6-3,6-0 and their other accounts finally got banned
     
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    "Mexico" isn't paying tennis players any money. The tournament is, no doubt because they think it will pay off.

    It is worrying. But he's playing tehre because it's a 500, where else could he play?. A country with those levels of crime shouldn't be hosting such a tournament honestly.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, he owns two or three of them. He's a very rich young man. ;)
     
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    Didn't know Rafa owns hotels in Mexico. Or anywhere.
     
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    I think his money was invested in them, but he doesn't run them himself. I may be wrong but I also believe he is an investor more than an owner of these hotels.
     
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    I guess that would make more sense.
     
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    Yep, and this investment stuff is more his father's doing than it is Nadal's. He has admitted he has no mind for business, and that his dad takes care of his finances and everything.
     
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    Semantics. When you invest your money in something, you own it.

    And smart people hire experts to run their property professionally. Roger bought a private jet. He hired someone to fly it and maintain it. That doesn't mean he isn't the owner. :rolleyes:
     
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    Sadly he'll probably be back.
     
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    http://www.travelpulse.com/amresorts-set-to-manage-rafael-nadals-cozumel-properties.html
     
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    Pic from yesterday.

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    He looks so comfy there. :)

    Hope he spent more than a couple of minutes doing nothing like in that picture. His schedule for his week in Cozumel hardly looks restful. He met with the architect in charge of the $14 million renovation, did/is doing some PokerStars stuff, a couple of photo shoots, a meet and greet with an internet contest winner, an interview with an American sports blogger, will be busy at the hotel's grand re-opening this weekend and will be involved in a poker tournament on Sunday. In Acapulco he's scheduled for a meet and greet for Champions Drink Responsibly and another for Nike and a cameo in a popular Hispanic TV sitcom show. And that's just what has come up publicly on the radar.

    Plus, of course, a few hours every day working out and practicing tennis. Rafa! This was supposed to be a rest week!
     
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    Who wouldn't! :)

    About all he's doing, well, he's said himself he cannot really stand to be around doing nothing.
     
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    Since that poker thing is online, I'm not sure it's really him the one who's playing.
     
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    Wrong(as always). He doesn't outright own any of these properties. There are other investors besides himself. Investing in something does not mean you own it. Get it now?
     
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