Rafa Roundup: Rafa Receives Love And Support After Doping Accusations From France

Rafael Nadal getting ready for practice at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Photo by Billie Weiss/BNP Paribas Open)
Photo by Billie Weiss/BNP Paribas Open

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Under the lights at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night, Bob and Mike Bryan brought their best when it mattered to deny Spanish compatriots Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 7-5, 10-8. Up 8-2 in the match tie-break, the No. 3 seeds let their left-handed opponents crawl back to level at 8-all.

But a Nadal double fault and a well-played point later, and the Bryans had advanced to the second round at Indian Wells in one hour and 30 minutes.

This being the case, our institution considers the attacks made on his person by former minister Roselyne Bachelot to be unjustifiable and unacceptable.

Real Madrid C.F. consider the close ties to an idol such as Nadal to be an honour, such is his status as a symbol sporting excellence. Nadal is admired and adored by millions of fans the world over, and today our club is standing firmly by his side.

I feel bad for Rafa Nadal because he is a gentleman, a person that has shown the values he has and that everyone loves,” Zidane said of Nadal, who is an honorary member of Real Madrid.

“He is a professional and I know him a little. I feel bad for what they have said. He has to leave all this to one side and think that everyone who loves sport, loves Rafa Nadal, whether they be French, Spanish or American.”

Chicago Bulls and Spanish national team star Pau Gasol defended tennis great Rafael Nadal after France’s former sports minister accused him of doping, saying he had complete faith in his countryman.

“I disregard these statements that are baseless and lacking objective elements,” Gasol said after the Bulls’ 118-96 home loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night.

“I completely trust Rafa.”

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell tournament director Albert Costa will travel to Miami next week to support Nadal in person. He believes that Bachelot’s reaction is reprehensible and describes Nadal as “an honest athlete who represents all the values that can be attributed to the greatest champions.

Meanwhile, Nadal has toiled in recent seasons, struggling with injury and a loss of form. He’s tied with Sampras on 14 career grand slam titles but looks a long way from adding to that tally at present.

“There’s something missing in his game, I’m not sure what,” Sampras said. “He’s really struggling. He’s hitting a lot of short balls. He’s not as aggressive. He just seems really tense out there, he’s nervous. When he’s losing on clay that’s shocking to me. But it’s not over for him. He’s too good. He’s won too much. But I feel for him. I went through a couple of years where I wasn’t playing well, you lose confidence but I still had a serve.”

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18 thoughts on “Rafa Roundup: Rafa Receives Love And Support After Doping Accusations From France

  1. Win, lose or draw, you are still MY CHAMPION, because you ALWAYS give your best!!! The French official should be condemned and removed from her office for making such a statement about you–without ANY evidence whatsoever. I’m glad you’re suing her; people like her only respect money. Please make sure she suffers HUGELY!!! Millions of people around the globe cannot be wrong about the man they watch playing tennis the way you do!!! None of your fans have ever believed those insane doping statements!!! SUE HER, AN MAKE HER PAY!!!

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  2. Positive thinker (India)

    VAMOS RAFA.💖, FOR, A GOOD MATCH TODAY. YOU PLAYED WELL, BUT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER. I KNOW YOU MUST HAVE BEEN NERVOUS.

    YOU ARE THE BEST.🌷. IGNORE ALL REMARKS ABOUT YOU. IT IS WHEN PEOPLE HAVE NO WORK, THEN, THESE THINGS HAPPEN.

    YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE IS BACK. GOOD TO SEE THAT. JUST KEEP PLAYING, THE WAY YOU ALWAYS DO. YOU HAVE A FANTASTIC TEAM.

    TAKE REST, FOR THE NEXT MATCH. REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS LOVED BY ALL YOUR FANS NO MATTER WHAT HAPPEN S. WIN OR LOSE YOU WILL REMAIN OUR SWEET HEART.

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YOU RAFA.💖 ALWAYS.
    😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊🎵🎶🎵🎵🎵🌷🌸🌹🍀🍁🍂🌺🌻🌼💐💐💐💐🌼🌻🌺🍂🍁🍀🌹🌸🌷💝💞💟💘🌾😙😙😙😙😙

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  3. Abu Parker

    Total losers who try to discredit Rafa! This man is possibly the best sportsman, and unarguably the greatest gentleman in tennis, and only big LOSERS will accuse him of doping!

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    1. hamzabsaf15nbs

      I like all other Rafa fan s firmly believe that Rafa is a real honest sportsman. As regards his matches and game strategy , I am just a game watcher and I watch tennis because I
      love to see Rafa playing and winning. I only wish that he should be countering his new generation rivals by hitting ACES at all critical moments . This is what the new generation is doing. I am sure he has the ability to serve hard and hit ACES.I am so happy that you won against Muller today. BAJWA

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  4. And THE GOAT WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) What a magnificent play !!!!!!!!!!!: ) : ) : ) : ) : ) Amazing match!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Lots of beautful shots & great serve & great passion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 Congratulations sweetheart on your beautiful victory !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) Enjoy & celebrate big time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) God bless you sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Good night , sweeth dreams & & lots of love & happiness!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) Very happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) 😉 : )

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  5. VAMOS DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ; ) Rafa just beautifully won the 1st set playing fantastic solid with his mighty returns and great serve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂

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  6. Hi Rafa, we trust you and will always believe in you as a great Champion. Don’t letyourself down by Bachelot’s comments, she is simply jealous of-your success. We know who you are and that you are genuinely a clean athlete. Vamos Rafa, Shirley from Mauritius.

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  7. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) have a great match sweetheart!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) GO……GO…….GO……!!!!!!!!!!! : )

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  8. Hi Rafa, don’t believe a word said against you. Jealousy is all that is. That stupid, ignorant woman should be sued. We your fans love you win or lose, however we would like to see you back to your old self winning tournaments. Trust us you are still one of the greatest in tennis. Looking forward to seeing you play. God be with you. Love from Australia.

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    1. maria isabel sanchez

      Yeah, forever Rafa! But of course we want to see him win again & be on top because he is still young and can achieve more. The only lacking now is his self confidence be back.

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  9. glennis

    l was shocked to hear that you are having a bit of a hard time with some people,you are the most nice person in sport today,dont take any notice of them,you have a lot of peoples love,hope you do well in your match this morning,by for now glennis in the lsle of man.

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  10. I have followed Nadal’s development and tournament wins and losses since he started to play professionally. I do NOT believe any accusation against him as having used an illegal substance. There has been no evidenced presented to the contrary. I have absolute confidence that Rafa is clean and would never use an illegal substance. It is absurd and reprehensible that accusations are made against any player without evidence to support them. That woman should be sued for libel or defamation of character.

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  11. I agree move on we all know it’s not true as does Rafa and let’s just enjoy still having Rafa in tennis
    However I would definitely sue her for slander !!

    Good luck Rafa all your fans there for you enjoy your tennis and win or lose you are still our Champ !

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  12. Connie

    Rafa, see how much support you have throughout the world and from all quarters, we will always support you so keep your confidence up and you will feel a lot happier and wish you all the very best tonight in your first singles match at IW. Vamos once again

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  13. Elizabeth Howard

    Great to read of such support for Rafael Nadal. That woman and her vile remarks has to be sued. Let us move on and support our great champion.

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  14. Maes Nancy

    Hey rafa you are for me the best player in the world and i hope that it’s going better with you

    Greatz from Belgium

    Maes Nancy
    😉😉😉

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