[PHOTOS] Here’s what Rafael Nadal will wear on court at the 2016 US Open

Rafael Nadal will wear this on court at the 2016 US Open

Two-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal will be rocking dark colors in New York City for night matches and blue during the day. Here are a few photos.

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer set to form Laver Cup dream team

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer say they plan to play doubles together when the Laver Cup debuts next year.

With a combined 31 major titles, Rafa and Roger have committed to the inaugural event, which is an attempt to create a tennis version of golf’s Ryder Cup.

Rafa:

We have been rivals my whole career, so to be on the same team and playing doubles together will be something very, very special and I am very excited about it.

Roger added:

I think it’s going to absolutely unbelievable, to be on the same side of the net as Rafa, finally!

He has the biggest forehand and now I can actually support him and say, ‘Hey, we want more!’ I will get so much joy out of it. I can’t wait to play doubles with Rafa.

Named for Australian tennis great Rod Laver, the competition was first announced in January. A team of European players will face off against a group from the rest of the world Sept. 22-24, 2017, in Prague. Each team will have six players, with competition featuring three singles matches and one doubles match each day.

Former rivals Bjorn Borg (Europe) and John McEnroe (World team) were announced as captains.

Source: AP

Rafael Nadal to start 2017 in Brisbane

Rafael Nadal will start his 2017 season at the Brisbane International in Australia from January 1-8.

Rafa said:

I think this is something I have to do during my career and I think at the same time it’s going to be a great preparation to be in Australia early.

Everybody who has been in Brisbane has told me very beautiful things about the tournament and the place so I want to try it.

Brisbane International Tournament Director Geoff Quinlan said Rafa would be a sure-fire favourite with fans in January.

We’re really excited our fans will have the chance to see Rafa in action this summer.

Rafa is a legend of the sport and one of the most exciting players to see live so I’m sure fans will be counting down the days to January.

What a great news for Aussie RaFans! VAMOS!

Source: brisbaneinternational.com.au

Rafael Nadal: ‘With more rest the wrist will not go better. The wrist needs to adapt again to the game’

Photo via The Western & Southern Open
Photo via The Western & Southern Open

Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s presser after the Coric match.

Q. What specifically was the issue with you at the end of the first set that you called for the trainer?
RAFAEL NADAL: Oh, I feeled the arm too tired. Elbow, shoulder. You know, two months and a half without competing, and especially without practicing, and then do what I did in the Olympics, come here, different balls, too much.

It’s not the ideal situation to come back to the competition. After two months and a half and with an injury in the wrist, the normal thing is try to come back a little bit slower.

But having the Olympics there I didn’t had that chance. Now I pay. I pay that, no? Was a little bit too much and my body was to the limit since after the finish of Rio.

I came here; I tried. I tried to do the right things to be ready, but obvious that I was not ready today.

Q. Given all the tennis you played after not playing, are you able to take any positives out of coming here to Cincinnati?
RAFAEL NADAL: The positive thing is I was keep playing. That’s the only thing, no? Is a big event; I am a tennis player. I want to play tennis, no? After two months and a half without competing, was not easy to take the decision after the Olympics to not coming here.

I didn’t want to be back home. I spent enough time at home last three months. I needed to keep practicing, keep playing, and that’s why I am here and that’s why I’m don’t going to come back to Spain before the US Open.

Q. Obviously you want to play these tournaments, but with hindsight looking back, do you think it was a good decision to come here?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yes. Why not?

Q. You were just saying about the soreness in the shoulder and upper arm. Was it also going down through the wrist?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. The wrist is still the same. I said too many times already, spoke too many times about the wrist. The wrist is still bothering me but is a process that I need to pass and a process that I need to go through.

I need to play to go through that process. With more rest the wrist will not go better. The wrist needs to adapt again to the game. Needs to adapt again to hit the ball.

The only negative thing is in one week I pass from not practicing almost anything and playing 23 hours in seven days. So that’s the thing. The wrist is not worse of that so that’s great news, but is not better.

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Rafael Nadal: ‘I need to be in better shape to compete’

(AP) Right from the start, Rafael Nadal was running on empty.

He showed the effects of his long layoff from a wrist injury on Thursday, losing to Borna Coric 6-1, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Open.

He was sluggish and well off the mark on his shots and had a trainer visit between games to check his shoulder and elbow, which were feeling the effects of a lot of tennis at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and two days in Cincinnati’s heat and humidity.

After the match, Rafa said:

Too tired. Elbow, shoulder. Two and a half months without competing and especially without practicing, and to do what I did in the Olympics and come here – too much.

Borna didn’t give me many chances. He was playing his serve huge. I need to be in better shape to compete.

Rafa missed two months because of an injured left wrist and returned to the courts in Rio, where he lost in the semifinals and won the doubles title.

The lack of matches showed in Cincinnati: Rafa double faulted five times and had 27 unforced errors. Coric surged ahead 4-0 in the second set and closed it out in an hour and 11 minutes.

Source: AP

Cincinnati Masters R3: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Borna Coric?

On Thursday, Rafael Nadal will play his second match at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati against 19-year-old Borna Coric, who saved a match point to take out Nick Kyrgios 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(6).

MASON, OH - AUGUST 17:  Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return during his second round match against Pablo Cuevas during day 5 of the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center   on August 17, 2016 in Mason, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Date: August 18, 2016

Time: Rafa is third on Center Court. Approximately 3 PM EDT –  Cincinnati, New York, Montreal / 8 PM BST – United Kingdom / 9 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / August 19 – 5 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

The young Croat upset Rafa in Basel in 2014, but our champ got his revenge at the US Open the following year.

Rafa is 34-10 on the season (13-6 on hard) with titles at ATP Masters 1000 MonteCarlo and Barcelona.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal downs Pablo Cuevas to move into the third round in Cincinnati

Rafael Nadal kicked off his bid for a second Cincinnati Masters title with a solid second-round victory over Pablo Cuevas.

The Spanish world number five, who fired down six aces and made 21 winners, needed 90 minutes to edge out his Uruguayan opponent 6-1, 7-6(4). He only lost four points on his serve in the first set to cruise through it before punishing Pablo for missed chances in the second. It was Rafa’s 20th win in Cincinnati.

After the match, Rafa said:

I think I played well. I think I played a good match against a tough opponent in the first round for me for sure.

After coming from Rio and after the marathon that I had, it’s a very important victory for me. So I’m very happy.

He will face either 14th seed Nick Kyrgios or Borna Coric in the last 16.

VAMOS RAFA!