Rafa Roundup: Not even appendicitis can keep Nadal from the tennis court

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“It is true that the doctor here told me that [eventually] I have to take it out. Because when you have it once, the normal thing is that it is going to come back. Sooner or later I have to take it out.”

Nadal says he’s not 100 percent and still feels some pain, but assuming he feels better on Wednesday he will take the court. “I am here to play a tournament,” Nadal said. “If there is no risk for getting worse, is the same [to] lose [than] if you don’t play. If I don’t play, I don’t have the possibility to win. So that’s it.”

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The Spaniard has chosen to take antibiotics to control the condition instead of having an operation right away, but medical experts told Spanish wire agency EFE that surgery was usually required to fix the problem permanently. … According to El Pais, Nadal would be sidelined for a month by the procedure. The publication cited sources with Nadal’s team, saying he could not sleep on Saturday because of his painful condition. … Nadal plays fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in his opening match. He could see Roger Federer take the No. 2 ranking from him in Shanghai if the Swiss goes further than Nadal in the tournament.

El manacorí, que regresará a España tras su participación en Shangái, valorará después si pasa por el quirófano inmediatamente para solucinar su problema de apéndice, con lo que se perdería Basilea, París-Bercy y la Copa Masters, o lo hace en medio de la pretemporada. “Mi idea es quitármelo pero no sé cuándo. Tengo que hablarlo con los médicos a la vuelta”. 

But this is what Nadal does. It’s in his sports DNA. He always wants to play, even if playing might be detrimental to his tennis down the road. For years, Nadal refused to cut back his clay-court schedule in hopes of saving energy for the quick turnaround between the French Open and Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal was today announced a “Friend of the Australian Open” at official Australian Open 2015 launch events in Melbourne and Shanghai. … Nadal will collaborate with Tennis Australia to stage a special charity event on Wednesday 14 January at Margaret Court Arena ahead of Australian Open 2015.

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AUDIO: Rafael Nadal’s press conference (Shanghai, October 7, 2014 – in Spanish)

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REMINDER: Nadal vs. F. Lopez – What time does Rafa play? / ¿A que hora juega Rafa?

10 comments

  1. Rafa , please stop playing tennis. I adore watching you play,have done so for years but the chances of appendicitis recurring ,each time more significantly, will not go away. Your prime obligation is to yourself. You matter terribly. You are at risk by continuing to play. Especially in the very physical and mental concentration of your game. It, Common sense alone dictates that you minimize the risk of deterioration in the condition and STOP . Get the condition dealt with ASAP. Jean Palmer. Retired RN

  2. Please have the operationrafa then you will be fit again soon and you ll come back stronger than ever you are the best rafa your no 1 fan in paris julia xxxx

  3. ES UN DISPARATE LO QUE ESTA HACIENDO !!!!!!!! SE TIENE QUE OPERAR YAYAYA!!!

    ANTHONY TIENE RAZON, CORRE EL RIESGO DE UNA RUPTURA DE APENDICITIS Y ESO SI QUE NO SOLO SE PUEDE MORIR SINO QUE LE VA A LLEVAR MUCHOS MESES LA RECUPERACION!!! QUE CLASE DE MEDICOS ESTA VIENDO????????

    QUE SE VUELVA YA A ESPANA A OPERAR POR FAVOR!!!! QUE ALGUIEN DE SU EQUIPO PONGA CABEZA Y SE VAYA PARA ESPANA AHORA!!!

    MI MARIDO ES CIRUJANO ACA EN NEW YORK Y NO PUEDE CREERLO Y NO ES NINGUN MEDICO SENSACIONALISTA. SI MI MARIDO DICE QUE ES MUY PELIGROSO ES PORQUE ES!!!

  4. As someone who has had appendicitis, and had keyhole surgery to save my life ,because of the intense pain I would advise Rafa to have the surgery now and get it over with as it will get worse anyway and could be life threatening if it bursts.
    When the pain gets bad you cant even stand to have anything tight around your waist or even move around and you feel really ill .You wont be able to play tennis or even walk without pain for several months after surgery,the wound has to heal inside and that takes time for the stiches to dissolve unless there is a new technique to speed healing.(My keyhole op was years ago,I was out of hospital in a week but took several months to fully recover.)
    Please have the op RAFA,get fit and come back fighting and regain your No 1 position.God bless CHAMP see you at Wimbeldon 2015!

  5. Rafa gets NO RESPECT from fans at the Australian Open. They were booing him loudly and cheering wildly for Wawrinka in last year’s final. For some bizarre reason, they thought Rafa was “faking” his back injury. They embarrassed themselves and their country by their boorish and rude conduct. But apparently, Rafa doesn’t hold a grudge, since he is doing this special charity event on January 14th at Margaret Court Arena. He is a 100% class act. Australian tennis fans – not so much. VAMOS!!!

    • Please don’t tar all Australian tennis fans with the same brush. As someone stated on another site, most of Rafa’s Australian tennis fans were at home watching the match because we couldn’t afford tickets for the final. And we were all crying with Rafa! Here’s hoping he can recover in time to play next year!

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