VIDEO: Rafael Nadal sends get well message to injured Luke Siegel

10-year-old Luke Siegel, who recovers from brain injury, has recieved a get well message from Rafael Nadal.

What happened to Luke? On July 28, 2015, Lubbock Police reported that Luke and his friend were riding in a golf cart in South Lubbock at a high rate of speed, driving in circles around a cul-de-sac.  Witnesses said the golf cart tipped over.  Luke was taken to University Medical Center for treatment where his family learned that Luke had gone into cardiac arrest and suffered severe brain damage.

Source: everythinglubbock.com

How healthy is Rafa?

Photo via osports.cn
Photo via osports.cn

Rafael Nadal appears on course to play at this summer’s Olympics after an encouraging update on his fitness.

David Ferrer told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser:

I will travel with Rafa on Sunday to Rio. His situation is more delicate. It’s never easy to come back after an injury. He will see how he feels.

Rafa is scheduled to play singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles in Rio.

And Toni Nadal said:

We began to intensify his training in order to be ready be in time for the first round.

Training with Andy Murray was a really hard first time with another top player and we are happy. Things worked out well.

In Rio, we will start training with the maximum-level players and see how Rafael will respond to the difficulty of the competition.

There are doubts about his game. I believe that is normal – these are the same questions we’ve always had after a period of inactivity. Starting with the Olympics is not easy but if we are lucky in the draw, he can improve step by step.

Source: PA Sports, ESPN

PHOTOS: Rafa and Maria relax on a yacht

Under the gorgeous sun of Mallorca, Rafael Nadal was enjoying some quality time with friends, family and girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello. Here are a few photos.

Source: Closer

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal opens new museum in Mallorca

El tenista español Rafa Nadal durante la apertura hoy en Manacor del "Sport Xperience by Rafa Nadal", un espacio interactivo donde se exponen los trofeos del tenista y se ofrece una "espectacular experiencia" con juegos y simuladores sobre el deporte. Nadal ha expresado hoy su ilusión por participar en los próximos Juegos Olímpicos y ha afirmado que espera llegar a Río de Janeiro bien preparado". EFE/J. Grapelli
EFE/J. Grapelli

(EFE) – Rafael Nadal said Wednesday he expected to take part in the upcoming Summer Olympics and hoped to be well-prepared for the competition.

“I hope to improve a bit every day and be well-prepared for Rio, although, as I always say, nothing is ever certain in life,” Rafa said during the presentation of his “Sport Xperience by Rafa Nadal” in his hometown of Manacor, a small village on the Balearic island of Mallorca.

“I feel fine, am working hard and recovering,” said the Spanish player at the presentation of his interactive exhibit which showcases the numerous trophies he has won and includes games and tennis simulations.

Rafa expressed his appreciation for the “recognition” implied in being the designated flag bearer for the Spanish delegation at the Rio Olympics.

He also said that taking part in the Olympics is an experience that an athlete can “very seldom” enjoy in his career.

“I hope everything turns out well this time, unlike in London,” he added, in reference to the 2012 edition of the Olympics, in which he was unable to compete due to an injury.

Source: EFE 

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Rogers Cup in Toronto

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Rafael Nadal has become the latest high-profile player to withdraw from next week’s Rogers Cup in Toronto:

I am disappointed to announce I won’t be able to come to Toronto to play this year. I only started practicing a week ago after my wrist injury and I am not ready to play such an important event. I am very much looking forward to playing in Toronto in a couple of years since I have always been treated great in that tournament and have a lot of great Canadian fans.

“Roger and Rafa are two of the most popular players in the world and not having them in Toronto is extremely unfortunate,” said tournament director Karl Hale.

The Rogers Cup is set to begin Monday.

Source: Rogers Cup

Rafael Nadal cleared to play at Olympic Games

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(AP) — Rafael Nadal is on the final entry list for the Rio Olympics.

The 14-time major champion hasn’t played since pulling out of the French Open because of an injured left wrist and needed the International Tennis Federation’s Olympic Committee to approve his appeal because he hasn’t played Davis Cup.

A handful of top-30 men had pulled out of the Rio Games; they mostly cited tennis reasons and not Zika. But the Big Four of Rafa, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer are all on the list — for both singles and doubles.

Rafa won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Source: AP

VIDEO: Let’s move for Rio with Rafael Nadal!

Rafael Nadal is training with Technogym for Rio and for a worthy cause that will need your support too.

Rafa posted on Facebook:

The Technogym app really helps me during my training. Download it: http://bit.ly/29ESFlI. From July 24th your exercise will be transformed into gyms that Technogym will donate to Rio’s most disadvantaged communities. ‪#‎letsmoveforrio‬

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