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Rafa Roundup: Nadal Poses For The 2015 APNEEF Calendar

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Photo via fanpop

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The abrupt end to Rafael Nadal’s season is disappointing for fans who hoped to see him play in the Paribas Masters this week and in London two weeks hence, at the ATP World Tour Finals. But the Spaniard’s determination to address two physical issues in the coming weeks probably is good news for those who hope to watch him compete early next year – at the Australian Open, beginning January 19, and at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, which begins January 1. … If Nadal’s plans proceed as planned, Abu Dhabi likely will mark his return to competitive tennis, which could attract more global attention to the seventh edition of the tournament.

“The opportunity to compete amongst the top amateur players in the UAE, and then to be part of a clinic with the likes of Nadal or Djokovic is a once in a lifetime chance for any player,” said Cash.

That Rafa loses against Coric, no one could have expected. I was surprised,” said Federer. “He should not be defeated by someone I have ever seen play.” “But that was not the Rafa we know,” noted Federer. … “I do not understand it completely, because I would never do it that way,” said Federer. “That he played in Shanghai with antibiotics and pain, then also played here and now ends the season because he needs an operation. But only he knows how he feels.”

Well, the truth is that I have some great peers on tour, such as Marc Lopez, Rafa Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, Pablo Andujar, Roberto Bautista Agut. They are all great peers but I don’t have a favourite one because I get along with all of them, but I would say that they are my closest friends on tour.

Me alegra mucho poder anunciar que estaré en Argentina en febrero para jugar el torneo de Buenos Aires. Me encanta jugar en Latinoamérica porque allí estamos como en casa. Hace tiempo que tenía el compromiso con el torneo de jugar y tras anular mi participación esta temporada en el último momento por problemas estomacales, tengo muchas ganas de ir en 2015.”

Rafael Nadal Poses For The 2015 APNEEF Calendar

Rafael Nadal Poses For The 2015 APNEEF Calendar

«Vino sólo para esto. Cogió el avión justo al acabar la sesión», explicó una emocionada Pau durante la presentación del calendario de 2015.

El balear ha aprovechado la semana antes de la operación de apéndice para tratarse de las rodillas en la clínica la Esperanza de Vitoria a manos de Mikel Sánchez.

PHOTOS: Richard Mille Invitational: Rafael Nadal plays golf in France

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Rafael Nadal to return to Buenos Aires event after ten years

Rafael Nadal will play in the Buenos Aires ATP tournament next year for the first time since 2005. The tournament will be held at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club from February 21 to March 1.

Our champ lost to Argentine Gaston Gaudio, the 2004 French Open champion, in the quarter-final of the 2005 Buenos Aires tournament at the start of a glittering career that has included 14 grand slam titles, nine at Roland Garros.

Rafa was also in Argentina last year for exhibition matches against Novak Djokovic and retired Argentine former number three David Nalbandian’s farewell to tennis.

Source: Reuters

Richard Mille Invitational: Rafael Nadal plays golf in France

One of Rafael Nadal’s favorite hobbies is playing golf. So before his trip to Basel, our champ decided to attend the golf event in Provence, France. Here are some photos:

Photos: © Didier Gourdon / Richard Mille 

New ATP Rankings: Rafael Nadal still No. 3 player in the world

Photo: Tennis Magazine

Photo: Tennis Magazine

In the latest ATP Ranking list as of October 27, Rafael Nadal is still ranked third, behind Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Top 10 in the current ATP Rankings:

Rank, Name & Nationality Points Week Change Tourn Played
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 11,510 0 18
2 Federer, Roger (SUI) 9,280 0 19
3 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 8,195 0 20
4 Wawrinka, Stan (SUI) 5,385 0 19
5 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 4,485 1 24
6 Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,465 -1 26
7 Nishikori, Kei (JPN) 4,355 0 21
8 Murray, Andy (GBR) 4,295 2 21
9 Cilic, Marin (CRO) 4,195 -1 24
10 Raonic, Milos (CAN) 3,930 -1 20

Our champ will have season-ending appendicitis surgery next month, ruling him out of the upcoming Paris Masters and the ATP finals in London. We all wish him a successful operation and a speedy recovery! VAMOS RAFA!

Rafael Nadal Fans: Half Million Fans On Facebook

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve officially reached half million fans on Facebook!

Over the past three years, the Rafael Nadal Fans Facebook page has evolved into a space where fans go to get the latest news, photos and videos of Rafa, interact with other fans, and more. But none of that would have happened without your support. And for that, we say THANK YOU!

Always with Rafa! VAMOS!

Rafa Roundup: “The only way to be better is to work on my health,” says Nadal

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REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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Nadal confirmed after a 6-2, 7-6(4) loss to 17-year-old Croat Borna Coric Friday at the Swiss Indoors that he would not play again this season. “I have maximum respect for both tournaments. I love the city of Paris and the people who work there. London is a fantastic tournament with great fans, so it wasn’t an easy decision for me. “If I don’t have a chance to win, I’m better to let my body try to recover… I accept [that] and I know [that] I have to be better for the beginning of 2015, and the only way to be better is to work on my health. Without health, you cannot work.”

It’s true that I wanted to do the surgery straight after Shanghai but that wasn’t possible. With all the antibiotics I took doctors told me I needed a few weeks to be without risk after the surgery,” said Nadal. … I’ve got a little bit tired of what happened the last five or six months. It’s been hard to play and compete when you can’t practise weeks in a row… So is the day to say goodbye for the season, is the day to say it was a good first six months of the season. It’s been hard since Australia with my back, then my wrist, then appendicitis. It’s been very hard for me mentally and physically too, so this is the time to say I will not play in Paris and London. “I need to do the surgery, to work on my back a lot. Since Australia I am not 100 per cent recovered. I need five weeks to be right again. If I play the last two tournaments of the season, I am not going to be fit or competitive, so no chances to try to win. And without that, it is better to try to recover my body.”

I am thrilled to have the chance to return to the Rio Open and defend my title,” said Nadal. “Playing in the inaugural event in Rio this year was an incredible experience and the support from the crowd was unmatched. From visiting Corcovado, to my first football match at Maracanã stadium, to the beaches and the energy of the people, Rio de Janeiro is a special place and I look forward to experiencing it again.

Borna Coric, croata de 17 años y número 124, eliminó por 6-2 y 7-6 a Rafael Nadal en los cuartos de Basilea. Fue una derrota con sabor a despedida, porque puso punto final a la temporada del balear. El campeón de 14 grandes no competirá en el Masters 1.000 de París-Bercy (desde el lunes)…

A new year, and a fresh start, can’t come soon enough for Rafa, who spent the second half of this season sidelined by a wrist injury and then waylaid by appendicitis. He’s scheduled to have surgery for the latter on November 3. His first set against Coric was perhaps his worst of the season (he trailed 5-0), and he didn’t seem desperate to extend his stay in Basel any longer. If he hadn’t signed an appearance contract with the tournament last year, you have to wonder if he would have been there at all.

Mas de Torrent celebrates its 25th anniversary with a charity auction of a selection of wall hangings designed by sport, art, gastronomy and music celebrities with their personal view of happiness. Some of the items have been designed by Rafa Nadal, Marc Márquez, Leo Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Josep Carreras, Ute Lemper, Andrea Motis, Roca brothers, and Philip Stanton, among others.

AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas

AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas

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VIDEO: Borna Coric’s Hot Shot Against Rafael Nadal In Basel

Croatian teenager Borna Coric stunned second seed Rafael Nadal with a series of incredible shots to win this rally during their quarter-final in Basel.

Video: ATP World Tour

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal loses to 17-year-old Borna Coric in Basel

World No. 3 Rafael Nadal lost in the quarterfinals of Swiss Indoors Basel to 17-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia 6-2, 7-6(4). This season is now over for our champ since he has confirmed that he will not play in Paris and London.

“I’m not going to play Paris and London, I’m not enough competitive. I’m going to have the surgery the 3rd of November. I will have treatment on my back next week, that needs a few days,” said Rafa.

Get well, Rafa!

Photos: Reuters, AP Photo, EFE

Swiss Indoors Quarterfinals: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Borna Coric in Basel?

Photo: Rafa Nadal Facebook

Photo: Rafa Nadal Facebook

17-year-old Borna Coric, also known as Baby Rafa, set a quarter-final clash with childhood idol Rafael Nadal at the Swiss Indoors Basel. This is the first time Rafa and Borna will meet on the professional tour.

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014

TIME: Not before 6 pm local time, 6 pm CET (Spain, France, Germany, Italy) 5 pm BST (United Kingdom) 12 noon EDT (New York, Montreal). To convert to your local time, use this website.

Watch online: Fromsport and ATDHE

ATP World Tour Uncovered: Rafael Nadal reflects on early career

In season six, episode 42, ATP World Tour Uncovered profiles Rafael Nadal, including his early tennis beginnings and what motivated him to reach No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Video: ATP World Tour
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