Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by batz, Jun 19, 2009.
Direct quote. Just been on 5 live.
1 month??Maybe he should consider staying out more..
If you find other parts of interview,please post it!Thanx in advance
a month?? wow :shock: I would have thought maybe 1 or 2 weeks
Does anyone have a link to the specific knee injury he's suffering from?
He won`t have anything to play until the US Master Series events anyways which are in August.He has some time to get ready for that
He needs to prepare as he has alot of points to defend
He'll get his knees feeling better than they have in some time and be rested and ready to go on a tear through the US open series and match Rogers' career slam in the same year by winning the USO. This injury could be a blessing in disguise.
i think he needs to do some terminator salvation on his knees, maybe then he has a chance of playing for another couple of years at the top level, otherwise its all over.
Wait, I just came back home. Is Nadal not playing at Wimbeldon?
1 month or more of boring torture. Well, hopefully holiday will compensate for Nadal absence.
I'm very sorry you won't get to see him babette really bad luck.
No it's a real injury. Anyone who's not a fan boy / hater can agree on that.
Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal has announced he will not defend his Wimbledon title.
The world number one and top seed had said after the French Open that he would not play Wimbledon if he was not 100% and so it has come to pass.
"I’m here and I'm just not 100%. I'm better than what I was a couple of weeks ago but I don’t feel right," Nadal told a packed press conference on Friday evening at the All England Club.
"To not play Wimbledon is one of the toughest decisions of my career."
After suffering a shock defeat in the French Open to Robin Soderling, Nadal received treatment on his knees in Barcelona and skipped the traditional Wimbledon warm-up at Queen’s in an effort to be fit for The Championships. He was diagnosed with tendinitis in both quadriceps tendons as well as a small amount of fluid on the kneecaps.
"I tried everything. I didn't feel terrible but also not close to my best. When I enter a tournament my goal is winning and my feeling right now is I'm not ready to win.
"It's very painful for me but I can't play at the tournament this year. It's tough but it is what it is."
Nadal's absence will cause a reshuffle in the men’s singles draw. Nadal's place will be taken by fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro. Del Potro's place will be taken by the 17th seed James Blake. Blake's place will be taken by Jose Arguso of Argentina and a lucky loser will fill Arguso's spot.
Nadal revealed that he had been playing with considerable pain and he didn't know how long he would be out of tennis. But he said he expected to fully recover from his knee problems and that he would have a "long career".
"I played with some problems on the knee for the last few months. I've been making efforts to play week after week. The truth is that sportsmen always play with pain and don't know where the limit is, where you can get to. I think I reached that limit now.
"I will work very hard to comeback as soon as possible. One of the problems is I’m thinking more about the knees than what is happening on court and it’s very difficult to play like that."
When Nadal was asked about his many fans and how disappointed they would be that he was not appearing at Wimbledon, the 23-year-old replied: "no more than me".
Nadal also said he was not concerned that his absence would open the door for Roger Federer to reclaim the number one world ranking. "If I lose the number one ranking I’m going to accept it like the four years I was number two and work hard to improve and recover."
Wow poor Rafa :-(
I guess his injury is really serious. It's good that he will finally take the time to recover and rest, but it sucks for him he won't be able to defend his title. It also sucks for tennis in general, as I'm sure many tennis fans would want to see a remach of last year's epic.
I'm shocked :-(
I apologize for everybody suffering because of my bad luck. Rafa knew I wanted to head to Queens and Wimbledon and he staged this whole thing. I apologize everyone. 8)
i think it's a good decision. it's better to rest those knees than to use them in competition and cause more damage.
You're going to Wimbeldon on Rafa's not going to be there...poor you babbette :-(
I'm sure you'd still have a good time but your favorite player won't be there. I hope you get to watch him play in the future.
Blake's position will be taken by KIEFER not acasuso!!
Yeah, Nadal isn't stupid enough to miss Wimby, one of his favourite tournaments (I think) over a fake injury he made up due to losing at the French. That'd just be stupid. It has to be a real injury.
Get well soon, Rafa.
He might hang around you know lol...yea okay probably not. But think of all the other tennis players you can watch and see. I mean you can compensate and meet the great Taylor Dent =] lol..when you come back I hope you take tons of pictures and share them with all of us I am still immensely jealous.
I think its a good decision. Better fully recover, than further aggrevate the injury. I still don't understand the Nadal camp, that they let him play Rotterdam, on indoor hard, Barcelona and Madrid, despite the well-known knee-problems. That Djokovic match at Madrid was a Pyrrhus-match for both players.
Baggy also withdrew today so.. maybe I have to blame you for this too????!:twisted:
Relax babbette,Rafa is your favourite,but you have to find more faves as reserves! go eat the strawberries,take pics,enjoy matches and have a good time,irregardless of rafa !just so you know,while you're at wimby most of us will be writing exams,so I say your luck is pretty good!!
Imo it's some combination of his desire for the no. 1 ranking and his competitive nature. I also get the impression that they didn't want to break their winning routine from the last 4 years. Having said that it's still mindboggling that he expended all of his energy on those 4 clay court tournaments.
What do you study? I have exams too... exactly in time for Wimbeldon...bummer.
There was a thread on this a while back. ATP changed rules for top players this year. I think if Nadal withdrew from Rotterdam, he would have had to not play any events the week after(Indian Wells?) And fines as well.
Ranking system is pretty hard these days, as are mandatory masters series. In the 90s, it was only best of 14(as opposed to best of 18) & masters series weren't automatically counted as your best 14(notice how often Sampras skipped Canada? he never got a '0' for that. Nadal would've. )
This really isn't just about the 'nadal camp.' No wonder almost everyone is retired by 30...with new rules I think it will be getting worse in years to come.
Hope Rafa recovers fully and quickly. I'll miss him.
haha a very serious injury, takes a long time to heal
I have exams during ALL slams,so don't tell me!! Veterinary.
Thats a shame I just finished my exams last friday
Murray would have rolled him anyway...
Does he mean play?
That sucks but physical conditioning is part of Tennis, if your not fit goodbye Championships but ofcourse you can still play. Federer have some back problems also and play hes game with not even hes 100% and still won Championships.
I like Nadal a lot but hes playstyle really abusing hes body.
Murray = bahh
Djokovic on Finals ! or maybe Soderling !
Moose, i could well be that these decisions were influenced by new ATP rules. On the other hand, the Nadal camp had to know better from the experience of the last year. It must have been an alarming sign, that Nadal could not play Master and DC at the end of the year, because of the same problems. Why not retire or pull out citing injuries or exhaustion. I think, this year was also enormous pressure from the Spanish tournament organizers and media, to play Barcelona and Madrd, not the least to hold the delicate political balance in Spain between Kastillian and Katalan interests. Those 3 clay courts wins within 3 weeks were a sensational effort, but were poison for his knees. I think, Nadal unusual lamentations on the eve of the Madrid event were a sign of desperation on his side.
Nadal said his problem is not chronic,and he can recover for sure!
At this point of his career, he shouldn't enter that many small events. He should save himself for slams and master events. Look at how many matches he and Djokovic had played so far this year. No one forced them to play that many small events. His playing style is very taxing.
interesting. i wonder what criteria they used to make this decision? With Murray being No. 3, should they not have moved HIM to replace Nadal at the top of the draw?
Exactly. When's the last time we've seen a fresh Nadal for the US OPEN? This is a great decision.
Based on what I've read about his physical condition, risking further injury by playing at Wimbledon could very well have been the third strike for Nadal as far as very poor scheduling decisions in light of his physical game.
The first poor decision was playing Stuttgart immediately after Wimby '07, which tired him out at a time when he was in serious need of rest and recovery. Images of a battered Nadal falling to Ferrer in the early morning in Flushing Meadow come to mind.
The second strike was scheduling all 4 clay court tournaments leading up to the French this year! Why not drop Madrid, which plays nothing like most Euro. clay? Unfortunately what it did to Nadal was plant a seed of doubt in him (despite his recent clay domination); he even admitted that keeping the ball on the court was difficult on these courts. If you really think about it, BEFORE the French even began, Nadal had done serious battle to win several "huge matches." See MC semi vs. Murray, MC final vs. Djokovic, Barca final vs. Ferrer, Rome final vs. Djokovic, & Madrid semi vs. Djokovic. It's no wonder he deteriorated physically and lost at the French. The guy who beat him didn't exactly go away either.
Against this background, this decision may save his career, not only from a physical standpoint but also from the realization that despite the short term gain in points, such overplaying will inexorably result in losing tennis matches, physical beating, and emotional burnout.
Congrats to the Nadal camp on finally making a good scheduling decision! Now Rafa, go rest, rehab, and in a coupla weeks continue working on your service motion/rhythm and slice bh, and relight that fire under your backside. All's not lost!! There are more than 2 months before the US OPEN!! With rest, hard work, and little luck, you can grab your 7th grand slam in NYC and match Fed's career slam at 23!!
Let's get after it, Rafa!
the criteria they used are the book of rules.
British books of rules? In my book the draw had to be rearranged with Federer now at Nr. 1 position. Murray has a nice draw now, reminds me a bit of Henman who had always nice seedings at the Big W.
no.ITF books of rules.For ALL slams.
Rafa should at least skip one of those master series, play one warmup event and the US Open, then take off rest of the season and start with a clean slate next year.
I guess the good thing out of this is that Nadal will be better rested for the US Open. Imagine Nadal winning the US Open and having 2 players complete a Career Grand Slam in 2009.
That was a wise decision from Rafa. Now I can concentrate on my thesis.
lol. that's the way I feel, now I can actually do some work instead of spending two hectic weeks of waking up at odd hours and doing very little but watching tennis.
Honestly since he changed his clothing style, nothing's been the same.
Does he have any idea how much we love watching him play???!!!! I needed to vent.
I have tendonitis and let me tell you. It never really goes away. You can rest and it stops hurting, but as soon as you start doing what originally caused it, it flares back up. If you’re a top athlete you can play through it with anti inflammatory and a bunch of other treatment but that can’t go on forever. Not matter what he says his career is in serious trouble.
I said the same and got hated on a bunch. But I don't have the money to pay for all the doctors that have special treatment plans and etc. There is still hope for Nadal if he follows the plan incredibly well. He would be the one with the fire to not mess up.
He should take it easy as HC can damage his knees further. Having said that however, he should make it possible to be 100% fired up for the US. If he's fully rested he can challenge it.
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