- UPDATED: Defending Champion Rafael Nadal Withdraws Due to Wrist Injury (via cincytennis.com)
“Unfortunately I injured my right wrist yesterday during practice and after the tests I have undergone today in Spain, including an MRI, and checking with my doctors, I will have to stay out of competition for at least 2-3 weeks. I am sorry and wish the best to the tournament and thank all of the fans for their support,” said Nadal.
“I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to defend my titles and compete in Toronto and Cincinnati this year. I was looking forward to coming and playing again after my great results last year.”
“It is very unfortunate that Rafa is unable to defend his title. He is a great champion, and his run to the title last year electrified our fans. We will miss him, and we wish him a very speedy recovery,” said tournament director Vince Cicero.”
- UPDATED: Nadal eyes return at U.S. Open (via ESPN)
Nadal’s manager, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, wrote in an emailed release that the Spaniard was hurt in practice on his home island of Mallorca while getting ready for the North American hard-court circuit. Perez-Barbadillo said that doctors determined Wednesday that Nadal will need to wear a cast on his wrist for two to three weeks and the initial prognosis is for him to be able to return to action at the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25. But doctors will keep tabs on the injury, including with MRI exams, and then decide when Nadal can play again.
- Nadal and Djokovic back in control: ‘I wouldn’t say it’s really open’ says Berdych (via The National)
“There are three guys staying up there,” Berdych said. “There was one change with Stan getting up there by winning the Slam at the beginning of the year. You really need to win a Slam to get there. Stan had a great run in Australia. “Then Rafa and Novak. Nothing really changed after that. I wouldn’t say it’s really open there. It was just the moment Stan jumped up and took it. I think it’s back to the old lines like it was before.”
- Rafael Nadal: I Am Not The Favorite To Finish The Year No. 1 (via tennis-x.com)
Nadal told reporters that despite his strong standing in the rankings, that Novak Djokovic, not him, is the favorite to finish the year No. 1. Nadal also added that his happiness doesn’t depend on being No. 1 or No. 2. However when he is healthy he is happy.
“No voy a pelear para volver a ser el número uno, ya lo dije cuando volví de mi lesión de rodilla en 2013”. “El número uno ya dije que nunca más quizá volvería a ser un objetivo para mí y no lo va a ser. No voy a hacer nada que vaya en contra de que me pueda quitar meses o algún año de carrera para intentar pelear el número uno”, ha indicado el mallorquín que asegura que le hace más feliz “poder ver que estoy sano”.
- Mason is giving tennis his best shot (via dailytelegraph.com.au)
This talented 11-year-old tennis player has dreams of taking on the world’s number one, but first he needs to practice, practice, practice. … The mental work is just as important as physical, as it helps players get out of a slump. His idol Rafael Nadal, whom he hopes to challenge one day, has a similar mentality. “He (Rafael) can be down two sets and come back to win,” Mason said. “To play against him would be the ultimate feeling.”
- Q&A with Marin Cilic (via SI.com)
SI.com: If you could improve your game physically, mentally, or tactically, which one would you choose? Cilic: Physically, I think. Tactically and mentally, I think I’m good. In today’s game, the quickest guys have the advantage. And in general in sports, if you’re fast you have a much bigger chance to succeed. I’m trying to improve, but it’s tough against natural athletes who are amazingly fast like Rafa [Nadal] or Roger [Federer] or Novak.
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