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15_ounce 10-01-2012 08:46 PM

Rafael Nadal is READY to play AUSTRALIA OPEN 2013, prize increased to $30 million
 
Craig Tiley confirmed this.

What a mind game by Rafa's camp. First they said they're not sure, now Rafa said he will play AO 2013.

ALSO, the prize money is increased by AUD 4 million, to become AUD 30 million.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/stor...million-100112

Aussie Open prize money increases to A$30 million
The Associated Press, Melbourne, Australia | Sports | Tue, October 02 2012, 11:32 AM
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Australian Open organizers have increased prize money to a record Australian dollars 30 million ($31.1 million) for the first tennis major of 2013 in response to player concerns about compensation at Grand Slam tournaments.

Tournament director Craig Tiley said the A$4 million ($4.15 million) increase, announced Tuesday, was the largest from one year to the next in the tournament's history.

The move followed reports that some players were considering bypassing the tournament if prize money was not increased, particularly for losers in the early rounds.

Tiley said "we're proud of the fact we've gone to record prize money. We are supporting the lower-ranked players in their quest for compensation."

Tiley said Rafael Nadal had contacted him to confirm he plans to play in the tournament, despite recent injuries.

Mike Sams 10-01-2012 09:20 PM

Good job Raffer! :) No point wasting any more opportunities at your age. The window is closing so time to make your best effort before things get worse. Nadal/Djokovic semifinal sounds good.:)

RAFA2005RG 10-01-2012 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Mike Sams (Post 6930685)
Good job Raffer! :) No point wasting any more opportunities at your age. The window is closing so time to make your best effort before things get worse. Nadal/Djokovic semifinal sounds good.:)

His age? He's almost 5 years younger than Federer, and only dropped one set at Roland Garros this year! Will be a long long time before you see the end of Rafa. Imagine how long it will take for him to struggle at Roland Garros....an eternity. Even though he wants to be a professional golfter, his competitive instincts will make it very hard to turn his back on tennis (especially the gimme title of Roland Garros). And he knows he can play professional golf long after his 30s.

sbengte 10-01-2012 11:25 PM

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Originally Posted by RAFA2005RG (Post 6930728)
His age? He's almost 5 years younger than Federer, and only dropped one set at Roland Garros this year! Will be a long long time before you see the end of Rafa. Imagine how long it will take for him to struggle at Roland Garros....an eternity. Even though he wants to be a professional golfter, his competitive instincts will make it very hard to turn his back on tennis (especially the gimme title of Roland Garros). And he knows he can play professional golf long after his 30s.

And then Nadal will go on to become the only human in world history to win the US Open in tennis and golf.

RAFA2005RG 10-01-2012 11:35 PM

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Originally Posted by sbengte (Post 6930775)
And then Nadal will go on to become the only human in world history to win the US Open in tennis and golf.

Good idea, I never thought of that. And I would enjoy especially seeing him become a bigger golf star than Tiger Woods.

tennis_pro 10-01-2012 11:39 PM

LOL, not reading news about Nadal's alleged comeback unless I see him on the entry list of any ATP tournament.

BreakPoint 10-01-2012 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by RAFA2005RG (Post 6930728)
His age? He's almost 5 years younger than Federer,...

Yeah, but Nadal's knees are about 20 years older than Federer's knees. :shock:

Zarfot Z 10-02-2012 02:25 AM

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Originally Posted by BreakPoint (Post 6930792)
Yeah, but Nadal's knees are about 20 years older than Federer's knees. :shock:

Few more matches and there will be no knees.

Crisstti 10-02-2012 03:43 AM

Seems they worried about the boycott talk.

Let's see what the other slams do.

Alchemy-Z 10-02-2012 03:48 AM

Glad to see the money for the early exit guys going up!

Sentinel 10-02-2012 04:19 AM

Your title makes it look like they increased the prize money when they heard Rafa was ready to play.

rommil 10-02-2012 04:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Alchemy-Z (Post 6930904)
Glad to see the money for the early exit guys going up!

Is that why Rafa is entering?:)

CMM 10-02-2012 04:29 AM

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Originally Posted by 15_ounce (Post 6930648)
What a mind game by Rafa's camp. First they said they're not sure, now Rafa said he will play AO 2013.

The article says he plans to play, which is exactly what he said a couple of day ago. That doesn't mean he's 100% sure and since he hasn't even started to practice on court yet, you can't say "he's ready to play".

cc0509 10-02-2012 04:31 AM

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Originally Posted by CMM (Post 6930930)
The article says he plans to play, which is exactly what he said a couple of day ago. That doesn't mean he's 100% sure and since he hasn't even started to practice on court yet, you can't say "he's ready to play".

Please! They have known exactly all along when Nadal would play.

CMM 10-02-2012 04:40 AM

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Originally Posted by cc0509 (Post 6930935)
Please! They have known exactly all along when Nadal would play.

Yes, he said a long time ago that the plan is to start the season in good condition, but this doesn't mean it's 100% sure it's going to happen.
Sometimes things don't work out as planned but I guess he's got plenty of time...

cc0509 10-02-2012 04:44 AM

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Originally Posted by CMM (Post 6930945)
Yes, he said a long time ago that the plan is to start the season in good condition, but this doesn't mean it's 100% sure it's going to happen.
Sometimes things don't work out as planned but I guess he's got plenty of time...

I have a feeling he will be just fine for the AO.

Vcore89 10-02-2012 05:38 AM

Rafael Nadal is just WORKING the tennis fans!

RAFA2005RG 10-02-2012 05:40 AM

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Rafael Nadal is set to make his long-awaited return to tennis at an Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament in December.

Organisers of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship said on Tuesday in a statement that Nadal is set to join a field including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and David Ferrer.

The tournament runs from Dec. 27-29.

Nadal hasn't played since losing in the second round of Wimbledon in June. He is recovering from a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.

Nadal said last month he had no timetable for his return and the 11-time Grand Slam champion hopes to play in the Australian Open in January.
Look out Laver, the only man capable of the Calendar Year Grand Slam has returned.

Sentinel 10-02-2012 05:59 AM

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Originally Posted by RAFA2005RG (Post 6931026)
Look out Laver, the only man capable of the Calendar Year Grand Slam has returned.

Nole Djokovic ? Surely not Murray !

beast of mallorca 10-02-2012 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Vcore89 (Post 6931023)
Rafael Nadal is just WORKING the tennis fans!

And the Fed****s fell right on it. :twisted:


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