Rafa to play the Australian open 2022.

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
The career-jeopardizing injury - the congenital anomaly of a tarsal bone in the left foot - has cost him a huge number of days off tour during his career.
Referring to the freak out by many fans when he shut down his season this year, panicking that he might never recover to play again since there's no cure for what he has.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Referring to the freak out by many fans when he shut down his season this year, panicking that he might never recover to play again since there's no cure for what he has.
What does "the freak out by many fans" have to do with you?

Secondly, Rafa's foot problem has been described a zillion times on TTW during 16 years. I repeat it again:

Rafa was said in 2005, at the age of 19, when the foot problem came to light, that he might never be able to play tennis again. The anomaly started to cause him excruciating pain when he played tennis. He started to wear a special sole (designed by doctors) in his tennis shoe (Nike made his shoes wider and higher) to take the weight off the troublesome bone (but this has caused problems with muscles and tendons at the knee as the weight in his leg is subtly shifted, also problems in the back and thighs).
Rafa says in his autobiography (Rafa: My Story, 2011): ¤¤ The tarsal scaphoid specialist in Madrid, whose diagnosis had initially been like a shot to the head, had turned out to be my salvation. After a lot of experimenting, we got the soles of the shoe right, or right enough to be getting along with. It wasn't the ideal solution for my body as a whole (we knew there would be consequences), but it did ease the problem of the scaphoid bone. The main thrust of the body's weight now fell on the other bones of my foot, relieving the pressure on the damaged one. Nike devised a shoe for me that was wider and higher than the one I used before. I needed a bigger shoe because the sole was now much thicker, more elevated, particularly in the area that now acted as a cushion for the scaphoid bone. Adapting to the new sole at first was uncomfortable, because by altering the region of the foot where the weight naturally falls, the shoe impaired my balance. I started suffering muscle strains where I'd never had any problems before, in the back and thighs. ¤¤
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
What does "the freak out by many fans" have to do with you?

Secondly, Rafa's foot problem has been described a zillion times on TTW during 16 years. I repeat it again:

Rafa was said in 2005, at the age of 19, when the foot problem came to light, that he might never be able to play tennis again. The anomaly started to cause him excruciating pain when he played tennis. He started to wear a special sole (designed by doctors) in his tennis shoe (Nike made his shoes wider and higher) to take the weight off the troublesome bone (but this has caused problems with muscles and tendons at the knee as the weight in his leg is subtly shifted, also problems in the back and thighs).
Rafa says in his autobiography (Rafa: My Story, 2011): ¤¤ The tarsal scaphoid specialist in Madrid, whose diagnosis had initially been like a shot to the head, had turned out to be my salvation. After a lot of experimenting, we got the soles of the shoe right, or right enough to be getting along with. It wasn't the ideal solution for my body as a whole (we knew there would be consequences), but it did ease the problem of the scaphoid bone. The main thrust of the body's weight now fell on the other bones of my foot, relieving the pressure on the damaged one. Nike devised a shoe for me that was wider and higher than the one I used before. I needed a bigger shoe because the sole was now much thicker, more elevated, particularly in the area that now acted as a cushion for the scaphoid bone. Adapting to the new sole at first was uncomfortable, because by altering the region of the foot where the weight naturally falls, the shoe impaired my balance. I started suffering muscle strains where I'd never had any problems before, in the back and thighs. ¤¤
Our injured warrior :D
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
What does "the freak out by many fans" have to do with you?

Secondly, Rafa's foot problem has been described a zillion times on TTW during 16 years. I repeat it again:

Rafa was said in 2005, at the age of 19, when the foot problem came to light, that he might never be able to play tennis again. The anomaly started to cause him excruciating pain when he played tennis. He started to wear a special sole (designed by doctors) in his tennis shoe (Nike made his shoes wider and higher) to take the weight off the troublesome bone (but this has caused problems with muscles and tendons at the knee as the weight in his leg is subtly shifted, also problems in the back and thighs).
Rafa says in his autobiography (Rafa: My Story, 2011): ¤¤ The tarsal scaphoid specialist in Madrid, whose diagnosis had initially been like a shot to the head, had turned out to be my salvation. After a lot of experimenting, we got the soles of the shoe right, or right enough to be getting along with. It wasn't the ideal solution for my body as a whole (we knew there would be consequences), but it did ease the problem of the scaphoid bone. The main thrust of the body's weight now fell on the other bones of my foot, relieving the pressure on the damaged one. Nike devised a shoe for me that was wider and higher than the one I used before. I needed a bigger shoe because the sole was now much thicker, more elevated, particularly in the area that now acted as a cushion for the scaphoid bone. Adapting to the new sole at first was uncomfortable, because by altering the region of the foot where the weight naturally falls, the shoe impaired my balance. I started suffering muscle strains where I'd never had any problems before, in the back and thighs. ¤¤
blessed be our universal martyr :cry: with the sacred stigmas of his feet, knees, hair and any spare part of his ever-injured rusty peak body.

 

Bubcay

Hall of Fame
And the anti-vaxxer, so called King of Hardcourt, hasn't been able to buy a title at the USO for the last 6 years.
You have no idea if he really is an anti-vaxxer, he has not declared it -EVER. And, it is OK to LOVE a player without hating others, you know....
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
Nadal is epic but look at the height of these next gens. Zverev 6'6", Medvedev 6'6", Tsitsipas 6'5", Berrettini 6'5"

The game has evolved. This is not 2017 or even 2019 for Nadal to storm through a slam. These guys have monster serves, Nadal does not. Due to their height, then can handle his topspin balls much better than good players of past generations like Dimitrov 6'1", Nishikori 5'10", Raonic 6'5". Berrettini is just a better Raonic. Nadal became pro in 2001. He was trailblazing in 2003/04.

The game has moved on now. But let's see.
 

President

Legend
Awesome news, I hope he's in decent form and can make a deep run. Everyone seems vulnerable at the moment, so it could be a good opportunity.
 

Kralingen

Legend
Man that AO collapse vs Tsitsipas was actually shocking. Maybe just because I went to bed with Rafa up 2-0. I thought my phone had glitched and had to stare at the result for a minute.

I’ve had a lot of those AO episodes but that one was a 100% certain no doubt in my mind win, and somehow he cocks up the tiebreak and falls apart to lose. it’s a shock bc he looked so in control up 2-0.

Honestly think he’s played better at the past few AOs than results would indicate - red hot Thiem playing his best Slam match, an insane AO ‘19 peak Djokovic showing up, and then last year. He has a legit shot to win if healthy, not like a throw him a bone shot but arguably 2nd/3rd favorite behind Medvedev and Novak. Of course that health and form question is the never ending “if” for Nadal…
 

Drob

Professional
Even if he didn't win, His level in Australia has been excellent since 2017. Was only a few points away in 2017, almost beat Cilic in 2018 despite an injury, final without dropping a set in 2019 and lost to Djokovic who played the match of his life that day. And his last 2 defeats vs Thiem and Tsitsipas were huge battles he could've won.
If he is fit and fresh, I won't count him out in 2022. Especially if unvaccinated players are excluded. He would still be a bit behind Medvedev and Zverev, though...
other than Nole, which possible AO contenders are thought to be non/vaxers?
 
Man that AO collapse vs Tsitsipas was actually shocking. Maybe just because I went to bed with Rafa up 2-0. I thought my phone had glitched and had to stare at the result for a minute.

I’ve had a lot of those AO episodes but that one was a 100% certain no doubt in my mind win, and somehow he cocks up the tiebreak and falls apart to lose. it’s a shock bc he looked so in control up 2-0.

Honestly think he’s played better at the past few AOs than results would indicate - red hot Thiem playing his best Slam match, an insane AO ‘19 peak Djokovic showing up, and then last year. He has a legit shot to win if healthy, not like a throw him a bone shot but arguably 2nd/3rd favorite behind Medvedev and Novak. Of course that health and form question is the never ending “if” for Nadal…
Agree totally. That loss to Tsits really hurt. Nadal looked untouchable for the first two sets and Tsits didnt have his teeth in the match at all. It seemed an absolute forgone conclusion.
 

goldengate14

Professional
The career-jeopardizing injury - the congenital anomaly of a tarsal bone in the left foot - has cost him a huge number of days off tour during his career.
I think what you are seeing is the crushing disappointment of some that Nadal is back raring to go and likely favourite to win slam race pretty easily due to his invincibility when fit at Rolmad Garros.
They should have all paid more attention when Moya said Team Nadal was lookig at the bigger picture rather than goig all guns blazing this year.
 

socallefty

Legend
The GOAT race ends when Nadal and Djokovic are both retired or if both haven’t won a Slam in at least two years. We are a long way from that.
 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Can't wait to see our beloved Rafa on court again. I am big fan of his butt picking ritual. How about you?
I think, your obsession with the lower part of Rafa's body can be justified, because not only you are captivated by his bottom, but also famous underwear designers (Armani, Tommy Hilfiger) have noticed it:

Tommy Hilfiger:

Armani:


 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Man that AO collapse vs Tsitsipas was actually shocking. Maybe just because I went to bed with Rafa up 2-0. I thought my phone had glitched and had to stare at the result for a minute.

I’ve had a lot of those AO episodes but that one was a 100% certain no doubt in my mind win, and somehow he cocks up the tiebreak and falls apart to lose. it’s a shock bc he looked so in control up 2-0.

Honestly think he’s played better at the past few AOs than results would indicate - red hot Thiem playing his best Slam match, an insane AO ‘19 peak Djokovic showing up, and then last year. He has a legit shot to win if healthy, not like a throw him a bone shot but arguably 2nd/3rd favorite behind Medvedev and Novak. Of course that health and form question is the never ending “if” for Nadal…
His AO 2019 form just flattered to deceive.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
The only things in this advert that bares any resemblance to the truth are, that clay is the toughest surface, Borg and Evert. The rest of it is just a figment of their imagination, bearing in mind that when it was made, Roger had never won RG.
 
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