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Apun94

Hall of Fame
Holy **** we already talking about next year! I feel like Davis Cup ended like a week ago. How many days did Nadal even take off? A week? 10 days maybe? I am sure he's already training for next year. I feel like he needs to take atleast 2 more weeks off
 

ADuck

Hall of Fame
Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, an exhibition tournament

Takes place from December 19 -21, 2019

Rafa will play his first match on December 20 at 3 PM (local time, UTC/GMT + 4 hours). He'll play the winner of the match between D.Medvedev and H.Chung.

The draw and schedule:

Was Mubadala moved forward from previous years? I seem to remember it used to be around December 30-31.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Holy **** we already talking about next year! I feel like Davis Cup ended like a week ago. How many days did Nadal even take off? A week? 10 days maybe? I am sure he's already training for next year. I feel like he needs to take atleast 2 more weeks off
Lol it's it crazy that he had his longest end of season in 2019?
After winning the USO he barely sat down and it seemed like it was laver cup, wedding, WTF AND David cup time.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Was Mubadala moved forward from previous years? I seem to remember it used to be around December 30-31.
It has been moved forward. The final used to be on New Year's eve, sometimes New Year's Day which was a bit awkward; they found that people were not turning up even though the tickets were sold out. It's much better for everyone.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Was Mubadala moved forward from previous years? I seem to remember it used to be around December 30-31.
Yes, the Mubdala tournament moved forward. One of the reasons is that the ATP created a new tournament - the ATP Cup - which will begin on January 3 (in Australia).
 

K-H

Hall of Fame
It's too many tournies in a short period. He needs more rest.

Then needs time to work on new aspects of his game.

He got rest at end of 2016 and it did wonders for him in 2017.

He didn't get rest at end of 2017 and and was injured going into the off season. Messed him up for 2018 a bit I feel.

Then 2019 again he had plenty of time off at the end of 2018 after missing WTF. 2019 was such a good year.
 

Raphael Nadal

Hall of Fame
The reason why Rafa has been less successful at the AO and often injured at the AO, is because he takes a decent rest at the end of the previous year and arrives in Australia underdone.
So resting is dangerous and can lead to injury.
Rafa can get a full rest by skipping Indian Wells/Miami if necessary :)
 
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xFedal

Legend
The reason why Rafa has been less successful at the AO and often injured at the AO, is because he takes a decent rest at the end of the previous year and arrives in Australia underdone.
So resting is dangerous and can lead to injury.
Rafa can get a full rest by skipping Indian Wells/Miami if necessary :)
So has he took a big rest this year?
 

Raphael Nadal

Hall of Fame
So has he took a big rest this year?
Nope, and he clearly didn't need one, as he's been more consistent than ever :)
He even played Indian Wells (and made the SF).
Rafa will decide year-by-year whether he needs a big rest, so we'll wait to see next year if he plays Indian Wells or not.
If Rafa didn't play the Laver Cup this year, he'd have had a big rest (between US Open and Paris).
 

vernonbc

Legend

Here is the part of the article from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-do-we-choose-to-survive-after-tragedy_b_591b9cb4e4b0a8551f3f8408 where she mentions Rafa:

"I haven't found my purpose yet, but I'm willing to keep searching, and that is the crucial difference. Because of their circumstances or because of their pain, some aren't willing or able to keep searching, and that is heartbreaking but understandable in its own way. But, I want to give this new life a chance. I want to forge a new path forward. I want to not only survive this, but thrive in spite of this. Some may say it's because of a survival instinct, some may say it's because of an inner resilience and tenacity, but one thing is for sure: I want to give this life a chance to surprise me, but in a good way this time. It owes me. Whether it’s because of my family's support, my progress in physical therapy, or even my constant distraction by Rafa Nadal’s athletic prowess on the Tennis Channel, I've managed to hold on to the hope that my life can be good again."
 

Apun94

Hall of Fame
It has been moved forward. The final used to be on New Year's eve, sometimes New Year's Day which was a bit awkward; they found that people were not turning up even though the tickets were sold out. It's much better for everyone.
Not for the players. They barely have time to rest now
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Not for the players. They barely have time to rest now
Well they used to finish AD on New Year's Day then go straight to Doha. Next year, the ATP Cup starts on 3rd January in Australia so it's better that AD is finished well before Christmas.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa's coach - Carlos Moya

Diario de Mallorca, Dec.10, 2019
(Excerpts, translated from Spanish via Google)
¤¤ Carlos Moyà will be honored by the Balearic Tennis Federation

Former world number one Carlos Moyà will receive the gold badge of the Tennis Federation of the Balearic Islands at its annual Gala that will be held this Friday [December 13] at Es Moli des Comte restaurant,

The Balearic Tennis Gala puts the final touch to the tennis season, awarding the most outstanding players of the year and Carlos Moyà, the world number one in 1999, for his career. Moyà, who retired from pro tennis in 2010, won twenty singles titles, among them the Roland Garros title in 1998, and helped Spain to win the 2004 Davis Cup.

Moya is considered the pioneer in the island's tennis. In addition to being the first world number one in the island, he motivated the new generations of tennis players. Among other things, Moyà served as Rafael Nadal's mentor [when Rafa became a pro player at age 15] and has been his friend since then. In addition to sharing years on the ATP Tour, Moyà is now Rafa's coach and works at the Rafa Nadal Academy [as the Technical Director]. ¤¤




Vamos Carlos Moya!
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa's coach - Francisco Roig

juanmamunoz.com, Dec.10, 2019:

¤¤ Interview with Francis Roig

(Excerpts, translated from Spanish via Google)
Francis Roig, one of Rafael Nadal's coaches, arrived today [on Dec.9] in Mallorca to prepare for Rafa's 2020 season together with Carlos Moyá. On December 30, Rafa [& his team] will land in Australia to play the ATP Cup before facing the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. [F.Roig has been named Spain's ATP Cup team captain.]

Question: "After playing so many matches at the end of the 2019 season, why has Rafa decided to compete in early January before the Australian Open?"
F.Roig: "It's always good to play matches and the 'round robin' format ensures that you play. Rafa likes team competitions. It can be something nice like the Davis Cup and he can play against the best players of each country. Then he has a week to prepare for the Australian Open"

Q: "For this new ATP Cup, do you have a mentality more similar to that of the Davis Cup or the Hopman Cup?"
FR: "We go there prepared to try to win the competition as always when we go with the world number one. The Spanish team is very complete. There will be no margin for errors, but we are prepared and, I think, Spain is one of the favorites."

Q: "Will Nadal be available to play doubles [at the ATP Cup] or his intention is not to play a lot of matches before the Australian Open?"
FR: "The intention is to play the doubles. Obviously, we have to see how the singles will go, estimate wear and tear on his body and analyze the moment. Rafa is an important part of the doubles, and if we [Spain] want to win, we will need him to play."

Q: "How is Nadal physically right now?"
FR: "Good. Last week, he trained at the gym and now we (with Charly Moyá) are focusing on new goals. ... I think that there is room for improvement..."

Q: "Do you feel that the last serious injuries have affected Nadal psychologically more than before because of the cumulative effect?"
FR: "The last injury that most affected him psychologically was the one at Indian Wells. He played well, reached the semifinals, but could not play in SF. After that, he had emotionally difficult moments. The Paris-Bercy thing [abdominal pain] did not affect him so much. There were times during the year when some physical problems arised, but in the end, seeing the year as a whole, the results are very good. ...We have been lucky this year and surely the planning helped to do well at the Grand Slam tournaments."

Q: "For the first time in his career, Nadal reached seven consecutive Grand Slam semifinals. What technical improvements have helped to achieve this regularity?"
FR: "The difference is that he played better on grass and hard court. ... He served better, was able to shorten the points and move the opponent more. He reached the final rounds [of GS tournaments] with less wear on his body. ... "

Q: "What technical aspects do you want to improve during the preseason?"
FR: "Rafa's volley has improved a lot but we have to improve more..."

Q: "Do you think Nadal will play until age 38?"
FR: "When Rafa was 22 years old, I asked how long he would play pro tennis, and he said until 27 or 28. I think, as long as he is able to win GS tournaments, he'll continue."

Q: "Will Nadal play doubles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?"
FR: "Yes, the idea is to play. Not much has been said, it's far away."

Q: "Have you talked about who his doubles partner could be in Tokyo?
FR: "No."

Q: "And mixed doubles?
FR: "We haven't spoken." ¤¤

Read more:

Vamos Francis Roig!
 

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
So has he took a big rest this year?
To be fair he took all of Asia off....Didn’t do too much at Laver Cup...Enjoyed wedding I’m sure...Will be interesting to see how playing WTF and Davis Cup at 100% affects him - will he get into his stride earlier? Or maybe it means he will be tired very quickly in 2020?
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Rafa's coach - Francisco Roig

juanmamunoz.com, Dec.10, 2019:

¤¤ Interview with Francis Roig

(Excerpts, translated from Spanish via Google)
Francis Roig, one of Rafael Nadal's coaches, arrived today [on Dec.9] in Mallorca to prepare for Rafa's 2020 season together with Carlos Moyá. On December 30, Rafa [& his team] will land in Australia to play the ATP Cup before facing the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. [F.Roig has been named Spain's ATP Cup team captain.]

Question: "After playing so many matches at the end of the 2019 season, why has Rafa decided to compete in early January before the Australian Open?"
F.Roig: "It's always good to play matches and the 'round robin' format ensures that you play. Rafa likes team competitions. It can be something nice like the Davis Cup and he can play against the best players of each country. Then he has a week to prepare for the Australian Open"

Q: "For this new ATP Cup, do you have a mentality more similar to that of the Davis Cup or the Hopman Cup?"
FR: "We go there prepared to try to win the competition as always when we go with the world number one. The Spanish team is very complete. There will be no margin for errors, but we are prepared and, I think, Spain is one of the favorites."

Q: "Will Nadal be available to play doubles [at the ATP Cup] or his intention is not to play a lot of matches before the Australian Open?"
FR: "The intention is to play the doubles. Obviously, we have to see how the singles will go, estimate wear and tear on his body and analyze the moment. Rafa is an important part of the doubles, and if we [Spain] want to win, we will need him to play."

Q: "How is Nadal physically right now?"
FR: "Good. Last week, he trained at the gym and now we (with Charly Moyá) are focusing on new goals. ... I think that there is room for improvement..."

Q: "Do you feel that the last serious injuries have affected Nadal psychologically more than before because of the cumulative effect?"
FR: "The last injury that most affected him psychologically was the one at Indian Wells. He played well, reached the semifinals, but could not play in SF. After that, he had emotionally difficult moments. The Paris-Bercy thing [abdominal pain] did not affect him so much. There were times during the year when some physical problems arised, but in the end, seeing the year as a whole, the results are very good. ...We have been lucky this year and surely the planning helped to do well at the Grand Slam tournaments."

Q: "For the first time in his career, Nadal reached seven consecutive Grand Slam semifinals. What technical improvements have helped to achieve this regularity?"
FR: "The difference is that he played better on grass and hard court. ... He served better, was able to shorten the points and move the opponent more. He reached the final rounds [of GS tournaments] with less wear on his body. ... "

Q: "What technical aspects do you want to improve during the preseason?"
FR: "Rafa's volley has improved a lot but we have to improve more..."

Q: "Do you think Nadal will play until age 38?"
FR: "When Rafa was 22 years old, I asked how long he would play pro tennis, and he said until 27 or 28. I think, as long as he is able to win GS tournaments, he'll continue."

Q: "Will Nadal play doubles at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?"
FR: "Yes, the idea is to play. Not much has been said, it's far away."

Q: "Have you talked about who his doubles partner could be in Tokyo?
FR: "No."

Q: "And mixed doubles?
FR: "We haven't spoken." ¤¤

Read more:

Vamos Francis Roig!
All sounds very encouraging. Vamos!
 

indigo81

New User
I am increasingly convinced that, at this point of the career,a favorable Draw, may make all the difference of this world...Was so for federer and will apply to all those who have far exceeded 30 years old
It's not a matter of surfaces, It's all about ability to maintain concentration and athleticism for a long period of time
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor
Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Manacor

The RN Academy is part of the RN Sports Centre

Rafa's museum has received six new trophies this year (from left: Rome Masters, Davis Cup, Roland Garros, US Open, Laver Cup ATP YE No.1 {Edited}, Canada Masters):


Vamos Rafa!
 
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MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor
Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Manacor

The RN Academy is part of the RN Sports Centre

Rafa's museum received six new trophies this year (from left: Rome Masters, Davis Cup, Roland Garros, US Open, Laver Cup, Canada Masters):



Vamos Rafa!
What a pimp lol
 

weakera

Legend
Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor
Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Manacor

The RN Academy is part of the RN Sports Centre

Rafa's museum received six new trophies this year (from left: Rome Masters, Davis Cup, Roland Garros, US Open, Laver Cup, Canada Masters):



Vamos Rafa!
Lol at Laver Cup trophy being included. They should use that to serve academy guests drinks in the cafeteria.
 

Sabrina

Semi-Pro
Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor
Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Manacor

The RN Academy is part of the RN Sports Centre

Rafa's museum received six new trophies this year (from left: Rome Masters, Davis Cup, Roland Garros, US Open, Laver Cup, Canada Masters):



Vamos Rafa!
Where is the trophy for 2019 Year End No.1? :unsure:
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Where is the trophy for 2019 Year End No.1? :unsure:
You can see a little bit of the year-end No. 1 trophy at the beginning of this video:


:)
 

Raphael Nadal

Hall of Fame
I am increasingly convinced that, at this point of the career,a favorable Draw, may make all the difference of this world...Was so for federer and will apply to all those who have far exceeded 30 years old
It's not a matter of surfaces, It's all about ability to maintain concentration and athleticism for a long period of time
The draw is irrelevant, because Rafa is currently on the longest slam SF streak of his career, so clearly it makes no difference :)
But if you specify the SF opponent being a difference-maker, then yeah, that can make a difference at Wimbledon at least.
Federer needed an easy draw, but Rafa doesn't.
We should stop trying to compare them, because they aren't alike.
 

Sabrina

Semi-Pro
You can see a little bit of the year-end No. 1 trophy at the beginning of this video:


:)
I think the fifth cup is the year end no.1 cup, not the laver cup.
 
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