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cluckcluck 02-17-2013 06:37 PM

To rest his knees, Nadal may not play Indian Wells...shocker?
 
http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2013-02-17/11621.php

Towser83 02-17-2013 07:29 PM

makes more sense to play Miami if he does skip one of them I guess. Federer is not playing Miami, meaning Nadal would be 4th seed instead of 5. Imagine the crap he will get if he plays an exhibition match though? But it is only one match, not a whole tournament, and it would be a little warm up on HC, so maybe not a bad idea.

Fearsome Forehand 02-17-2013 07:52 PM

This is reminiscent of Muster. He avoided hard courts because they were so hard on his bad knee and racked up most of his points on clay.

Bartelby 02-17-2013 07:53 PM

He should miss Miami as well, but he only has one free pass.

mariecon 02-17-2013 08:03 PM

He's only allowed to skip one Masters but he's already alluded to the fact that he might skip both so if he does, what kind of penalty will he face? I've never heard of a player actually being penalised for skipping a mandatory tournament without a valid excuse. It seems they say they're injured and that's all it takes.

JSouza 02-17-2013 08:27 PM

As far as penalty for skipping one, or two in this case for Rafa, it just means that rather than 19 tournaments counting to your ranking, only 18 can. So if rafa played 19 tournaments this year for say 11500 points in total, then the win last week, as a non mandatory, may be the one that wouldnt count. so 11250 instead.
is that right?

Clay lover 02-17-2013 08:28 PM

Might as well skip IW and try to win Miami since he hasn't won there before.

Clarky21 02-17-2013 08:31 PM

Good. The last thing he needs to do is grind his knees down even further running around on those slow as molasses hard courts.

Bartelby 02-17-2013 08:53 PM

I think if you claim illness or injury you still have to turn up to the event for the promotional activity and then you go home???

Say Chi Sin Lo 02-17-2013 08:58 PM

Moo-point until we're actually at the event. We all know he's going to flip flop like 20x before committing to a decision.

Murrayfan31 02-17-2013 09:12 PM

To rest his knees, he should avoid those slippery surfaces. Like in Brazil. lol

Tony48 02-17-2013 10:54 PM

He already skipped a slam. Might as well go all out.

Tennis_Hands 02-17-2013 11:17 PM

Quote:

“Right now I am only focusing on celebrating today’s title,” Nadal said.
Multiple facepalm.

sdont 02-18-2013 12:21 AM

"He is also scheduled to play a one-day exhibition on hardcourts at Madison Square Garden just before heading to California."

An exhibition match on hardcourt?

Strange move by Nadal.

RAFA2005RG 02-18-2013 12:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mariecon (Post 7221650)
He's only allowed to skip one Masters but he's already alluded to the fact that he might skip both so if he does, what kind of penalty will he face? I've never heard of a player actually being penalised for skipping a mandatory tournament without a valid excuse. It seems they say they're injured and that's all it takes.

Rightly so. He is only just starting to feel comfortable on the tennis court. It would be a mistake, medically speaking, to expose it to hardcourts so soon after returning. He's not doing anything questionable by skipping the hardcourt events.

RAFA2005RG 02-18-2013 12:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sdont (Post 7221842)
"He is also scheduled to play a one-day exhibition on hardcourts at Madison Square Garden just before heading to California."

An exhibition match on hardcourt?

Strange move by Nadal.

This was scheduled a long time ago, at a time when he expected to play the Australian Open. Not sure what you mean by strange. He can always back out. But if he does play, its not like he has to do much running. These events are always very light-hearted hit-and-miss deals.

Rogael Naderer 02-18-2013 12:31 AM

Exhibition match = Light practice session, with less intense movement.

Fearsome Forehand 02-18-2013 01:30 AM

He could do what many do, what Sampras did at times, show up and lose in the first or second round, then go home early and rest for the majors.

spperry 02-18-2013 02:34 AM

If his knee still hurts he won't want to play too many hardcourt events due to the stress they will put on it.

I am a big Rafa fan but I worry a bit about the knee talk for months to come. He has just come back so it will be a focus at the moment but I wouldn't like to be going into RG with the talk still about his knee.

Hopefully he has turned a corner and will get back to his best over the coming months but if not it will be unfair to always focus on his knee problems if he loses.

underground 02-18-2013 03:03 AM

Until Nadal actually plays on hard courts, or face against the top players on clay, his 'amazing' 'the impossible' comeback as *******s suggest still needs a huge asterisk next to it.


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