Rafael Nadal Will Miss the Rest of the Season

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Rafael Nadal will miss the rest of 2016 in order to further recuperate his previously injured wrist. Our champ posted on his official Facebook page:

It is no secret that I arrived to the Olympic Games short of preparation and not fully recovered, but the goal was to compete and win a medal for Spain. This forced recovery has caused me pain since then and now I am forced to stop and start preparing the 2017 season. I am very saddened for not being able to play next week in Basel since I have a great memory of the tournament and the final played against Roger Federer last year. I won’t be able to compete either in Paris-Bercy, where the crowds and the FFT staff have always treated me so well. Now it is time to rest and start preparing intensively the 2017 season.

Stay strong Rafa!


Here’s why Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have the best bromance in sports

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer reunited on Wednesday to open the Spaniard’s new academy in Mallorca.

Rafa gifted the Swiss with a special poster, commemorating their best moments on court together:

Dear Roger, thank you very much for your support at the official opening of my academy. Today is an unforgettable day for me, my family and my team. You cannot imagine how special it is to have you here with us. Roger, this reflects all the moments we had on the court. Looking back at them I see all the great memories we shared in our careers… To be continued…

Roger Federer said:

I’m super happy to be here. I know where I’ll send my kids if they want to learn how to play tennis.

Sources: Daily Mail, Baseline Tennis

Rafael Nadal drops one place in ATP rankings

Photo: Marco Strullu
Photo: Marco Strullu

The post Shanghai Masters rankings are up.

Rafael Nadal has dropped one place to 6th spot in the ATP singles rankings after being eliminated in the second round at the Shanghai Masters.

Andy Murray has closed the gap to Novak Djokovic to less than 2,500 points as he bids to become world No 1 for the first time. If Andy wins titles in Austria and France he could end Djokovic’s 27-month reign as world No 1 as early as November 7, although that will depend also on the 29-year-old Serbian not reaching the final in Paris.

ATP World Tour rankings – top 10 as of Monday 17 October:

# Name Nationality Points Tournaments
1. Djokovic Novak Serbia 12900 17
2. Murray Andy United Kingdom 10485 17
3. Wawrinka Stan Switzerland 5820 21
4. Raonic Milos Canada 4690 17
5. Nishikori Kei Japan 4650 19
6. Nadal Rafael Spain 4380 19
7. Monfils Gael France 3815 18
8. Federer Roger Switzerland 3720 16
9. Berdych Tomas Czech Republic 3300 22
10. Thiem Dominic Austria 3250 28

In the 52 week rankings, the year to date rankings, Rafa is still #7. Continue reading “Rafael Nadal drops one place in ATP rankings”

Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal Plays Tennis With ADORABLE 3-Year-Old Fan

Rafael Nadal of Spain smiles as he talks to the media during day three of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 9, 2016 in Indian Wells, California. (March 8, 2016 - Source: Julian Finney/Getty Images North America)
Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images North America


How many times have Roger or Rafa failed to give their best in any match, at any event? It’s hard to remember it ever happening. They’re never afraid to put it on the line and compete.

As these two competitors make their slow fades from the game, they’ll be replaced by a new generation. So far it is led by Kyrgios, who says he doesn’t really like playing tennis, and Dominic Thiem, who so far plays way too much tennis. Both could benefit from watching Nadal and Federer in action a little longer. Even if they can’t learn anything from how they go about their business and their lives, the rest of us can. Roger and Rafa have done more than enough for tennis, but their work isn’t done yet.

While neither Federer nor Nadal will be in the Top 5 next week, Djokovic suspects that they’re not done yet.

“It’s kind of expected to have some new faces in this sport,” the 12-time Grand Slam champion said, “but I still wouldn’t rule out Roger and Rafa, and I would not take them out of that context of the best players in the world.”

The passing of time — and injuries — can take a heavy toll on athletes but that said, tennis fans likely still did a double take Monday when they glanced at the men’s rankings.

For the first time since 2003, both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — titans of the game who hold a combined 31 majors — are outside the top four. Nadal sits at fifth, with Federer seventh.

They’ve each been outside the top four previously but never in tandem since the last week in June 2003, when Federer held down the No. 5 spot and a teenage Nadal was 76th. Back then they weren’t grand slam champions.

“Rafa told me some techniques and tips, for volleying especially, because of course at first I was nervous and did not know exactly what to do in an exhibition match whether to play all out or not, I did not have a clear idea. You feel like: What am I doing here in the middle of all this?

And Rafa helped me, especially at first to overcome the nerves and the truth is I think it went pretty well.”


VIDEO: Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Mallorca

Before his trip to Asia, our champ celebrated the grand opening of his new Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Mallorca. Check it out!

Video: ATP World Tour

Shanghai Masters: An interview with Rafael Nadal (October 12, 2016)

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

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You were trying your hardest at practice and during the matches but it’s not going your way for now. After Beijing, what do you think about the match you played today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I played against a player that his serve was huge during the whole time. No, I played better than in Beijing but was not the day to win.

He played better than me. He deserve to win more than me, and I need to keep working, need to adjust things, need to put the things together.

And I need to be confident again, no? I need to play my matches, to practice more and just to keep playing. That’s all. I think is the end of the season, is being tough part of the season for me. The tournaments are difficult. Surfaces are difficult for me and is difficult at the end of the year historically. I suffer at this part of the season. Normally when I arrive playing so good, this year after the injury had been a little bit tougher if I play some good matches, but I have been tough to be confident.

I am trying, no? I tried. I tried during the whole time but I lost. That’s it.

Q. Do you think the defeat against Pouille in US Open makes maybe a difference for the end of the season or in terms of confidence?
RAFAEL NADAL: Things change. Things can change with one victory or two more victories, but it’s stupid to look to the past, always look at the things that you cannot change. Is better to look at the things that you really can change.

No, if you are thinking about if I didn’t get injury, if I won the match against Pouille, if I win the match against Del Potro in the Olympics, that’s never happened and never gonna happen. That’s already past. We have to look about the day of tomorrow and then the day after tomorrow. And that’s the only way to change things, and that’s the only way to try to be at the level that I need to be to compete around the world.

Q. Have you and your team sat down to look at what’s technically different about your game? Are the balls falling shorter? Less spin or less pace than compared to years before?
RAFAEL NADAL: I know what I have to do and I gonna do it. I have two months and a half since the next season start, so I have two months and a half to put myself at the level that I need to be, and I have the confidence that I gonna do it.

For me the season is almost over, and I accept that. Since the day after day just looking about what I need to do to be 100% ready for the beginning of the next season, no?  Continue reading “Shanghai Masters: An interview with Rafael Nadal (October 12, 2016)”

Rafael Nadal loses opening match at Shanghai Masters

Fourth seed Rafael Nadal is heading home to Mallorca earlier than expected after he lost 6-3, 7-6 (3) to Serbian Viktor Troicki in the second round of Shanghai Masters on Wednesday.

Though yet to have officially qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals, Rafa is a shoo-in to earn a spot at the London showpiece.

However, Rafa suggested he had doubts over his ability to take part at the O2 Arena, as he continues to battle back from the wrist injury that wrecked his French Open and Wimbledon.

After the match, Rafa said:

I cannot say now what I am going to do during the next month. I’m not sure about my calendar. I’m not sure about the things that I need to do to try to be at 100 per cent ready for the next year.

I need to speak with my team. I need to speak with my uncle [Toni, also his coach] too and prepare myself for the calendar to try to do the things that I need to do and to work on things I need to work, because sometimes to keep competing is not the solution.

I have two months and a half until the next season starts, so I have two months and a half to put myself at the level that I need to be and I have the confidence that I am going to do it.

For me the season is almost over and I accept that. Just looking about what I need to do to be 100 per cent ready for the beginning of the next season.

Source: Yahoo Sports