Nadal should play way more US Open series tournaments than last year

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by NadalForever, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. NadalForever

    NadalForever Banned

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2007
    Messages:
    196
    I really hope he will travel to America as soon as possible and play Indianapolis and then LA and then Canadian Open. He made a big mistake last year by playing so little preperation tournaments.
     
    #1
  2. IDK_My_BFF_Jill

    IDK_My_BFF_Jill Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2007
    Messages:
    2
    nadal's court style isnt fit for hardcourts...
    and it has a lot wear and tear compared to soft surfaces like grass and clay
     
    #2
  3. sondraj

    sondraj Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2007
    Messages:
    449
    Yeah I really wish he would become a better hard court player but the fact of the matter is, he isn't ever truly going to be. His body can't hold up on it and he won't ever play too many hard court tournys. I hope he will eventually win at least on U.S open championship but I think it will come with a easy draw, and with soo many great hard court players I fear that is a long way away.
     
    #3
  4. Benhur

    Benhur Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,562
    I disagree. Nadal should reduce his hardcourt play to a bare minimum if he wants to have a long career. The way he plays, hardcourts are a mean hammer to his body. I paste below my post from another thread:

    [...] The possibility of injury, however, is something he [Nadal] and his entourage are very aware of. One of his feet has given him trouble and kept him from playing for a while. This problem seems to flare up always during hardcourt play. The foot was starting to bother him again this year after two hardcourt tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami) and it was the reason he refused to play Davis Cup. According to a recent article in the Spanish newspaper ABC, his team is now considering altering his schedule this year to try and relieve some stress from that foot. To this effect they say they are considering dropping Dubai and another indoor and replacing them with clay tournaments, so he can still get points but protect his foot. I agree that with his style of play, hardcourt tennis is something he should be very careful with and probably reduce to a strict minimum if he wants to stay healthy. If he overdoes it, hardcourts may end up destroying his feet and probably his knees.

    ABC article:
    http://tinyurl.com/2lkv88
     
    #4
  5. Zaragoza

    Zaragoza Banned

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,433
    Location:
    Zaragoza,Spain
    He is supposed to play in Stuttgart (clay) next week and then take some rest before Cincinnati and Toronto. I think he is doing ok. It´s rare to see a non-american top player in Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
    Roddick and Blake will probably play there because it´s their favourite surface and they didn´t play a lot in the clay season. Different schedule plans.
     
    #5
  6. Benhur

    Benhur Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,562
    The men play in Montreal this year, the women in Toronto (they switch every year). I plan on going to see him play if he is in the tournament.
     
    #6
  7. Eviscerator

    Eviscerator Banned

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    Messages:
    1,709
    Location:
    S. Florida
    He may as well, you are only young once, and in tennis young go's by very quickly.
     
    #7
  8. sramirez77

    sramirez77 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2007
    Messages:
    142
    Who? Aside from possibly Mikhail Youzhny (who has a game that gives Nadal problems) and Djokovic (who is the true number 3 in the world) no one can stop Nadal from getting to the finals. Think back to Indian Wells and that beating he gave Andy Roddick. I don't know how you can say that Rafa at barely 21 will never be a better hard court player! I'm not saying that he is a favorite to win the 07 Open, but he has a lot of time.
     
    #8
  9. TheKingOfClay

    TheKingOfClay Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Messages:
    368
    Location:
    The Woodlands, TX
    will these matches be on TV??? thanks!
     
    #9
  10. emcee

    emcee Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2004
    Messages:
    708
    If you have Tennis Channel...
     
    #10
  11. Messarger

    Messarger Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2007
    Messages:
    1,828
    Could it be due to his shoes? While his playing style involves a lot of running, i think he could play more aggressively and make his opponent run instead of him running. That'll at least make him run less. Back to the shoes, cant he have more cushion in it or something?
     
    #11
  12. Fedace

    Fedace Banned

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Messages:
    23,292
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    There is NO way this will happen. Rafa is still favoring his bad foot which he blames the rough and tough US hard courts. He always tries to minimize the outside hard court tournaments with exception of masters series. This is a good move on rafa's part. he still has a long career ahead of him and no reason to shorten it by permanently injuring his foot.:grin:
     
    #12
  13. FiveO

    FiveO Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2005
    Messages:
    3,260
    He has to walk a fine line between enough to improve on hards and not too much where he may break down again during the second half of the year going into TMC and even worse, jeopardizing next year's chance at the AO.
     
    #13
  14. ATPattic

    ATPattic New User

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Messages:
    90
    unfortunatley hes only playing montreal and Cincinati
     
    #14

Share This Page