- Nadal Withdraws From US Open (via ATP World Tour)
Rafael Nadal withdrew from the US Open on Monday due to a right wrist injury.
Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent: “Rafael Nadal first felt pain in his right wrist while practising in Majorca at the end of last month. He’s been wearing a light cast for the last couple of weeks, so his decision to miss the year’s final Grand Slam comes as no surprise. Nadal is now in the familiar position of having to work his way back from injury, and his absence throws the championships even more wide open.”
- Prometheus Bound (via tennis.com)
This is the second time that Nadal is unable to defend his title at a major. Due to tendinitis in his knees, he also missed Wimbledon in 2009. And in 2012, he surrendered a chance to defend his runner-up finish at the U.S Open (knees, again). I can’t think of a single Grand Slam champion who was unable to defend a title because of injury, although it’s hard to imagine it hasn’t happened. But twice?
With Nadal out, No. 3 Roger Federer has secured the No. 2 seed at the U.S. Open, which means he cannot face No. 1 Novak Djokovic until the final. It also means that Federer, who won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in two years on Sunday at the Western & Southern Open, will move to No. 2 in the rankings if he wins the tournament.
- US Open Tennis 2014: How Rafael Nadal’s Injury Affects Men’s Draw (via bleacherreport.com)
While the tennis world will mourn the loss of Nadal on the big stage, several players now have an opportunity to steal away the crown. And with the veteran and young talent in the field, expect plenty of intrigue in New York throughout the U.S. Open.
- Aquel niño tímido de tremenda pegada (via El Mundo)
En 2003 jugué contra Rafa en Barcelona, en el Godó, sobre arcilla. Él venía de derrotar a Albert Costa en Montecarlo. Le pregunté a Albert: “¿Qué pasó? ¿Estuviste mal?”. «No, no, este chico es muy bueno», me dijo. Gané en tres sets, no sin notables dificultades. Yo tenía 29 años. Él aún no había cumplido los 17.
- Which athlete wears the most Nike swooshes? (via USA Today)
The king of clay is also the king of the swoosh. Rafael Nadal narrowly beats out Roger Federer thanks to his use of two wrist bands (Federer only wears one).
- Rafa Nadal, la década prodigiosa (via menorca.info.com)
El domingo 15 de agosto de 2004, justo hace diez años, es una fecha marcada en rojo en la historia del tenis. Aquella tarde, Rafael Nadal lograba el primero de sus 64 títulos dentro del circuito profesional, al imponerse en la final del torneo de Sopot (Polonia) al argentino José Acasuso (6-3 y 6-4).
- Madame Tussauds Wuhan Unveils Nadal (via The Slice)
Thursday in Wuhan, Madame Tussauds unveiled a new wax statue of Rafael Nadal as well as a new area for where visitors can play a variety of tennis-related games.
- Rafael Nadal pulls out of US Open (via ESPN) Patrick McEnroe talks about defending champion Rafael Nadal pulling out of the US Open with a wrist injury and discusses his favorites for the tournament.
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