VIDEO: Rafael Nadal explains decision to pull out of Acapulco

Rafael Nadal is forced to withdraw from the Mexican Open due to a hip injury.

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  1. Just as I had hoped. Rafa has pulled out of IW and Miami. Finally he will have time to recuperate. Smart move.

    Please rest Rafa and I’m looking forward to la tierre battue. ALLEZ!

    RAFA ROCKS

  2. So Rafa has officially announced retirement from North America hard court season.
    It’s painful but now i highly doubt whether he COULD comeback this clay season.

    Federer is hunger to officially become G.O.A.T with the second career grandslam with no argument from other fans so he is actually waiting for Rafa’s injury update.
    Rafa take a full month and we hope you to look for another advice from another doctor and please have a talk with Moya and Roig. His game style is clearly not ok with his age. 31 but still running and chasing down shots like 21, lacking of free points from first serve, and that buggy whip forehand playing on grass is slowly killing his knee every seasons.

    I still expect Rafa to recover within clay season. But please, for God’s sake, REST Rafa…

  3. Play IW and Miami. Then rest and practice on the pratice court maximum of 2 hours instead of five. No davis cup or laver cup they can survive without you. Also no Monte Carlo or Barcelona you won those tournaments 10 times nothing to prove. Play Madrid, Rome and French open. Then Queens and Wimbeldon. Then Montreal, Cincinnati and the Us open then Sjanghai and Paris and ATF. No demonstration matches.

    By doing it like this RAFA you can still be at the top

  4. Margo, no one is saying that Rafa actually has mental issues. He invested so much into his preparation for Acapulco and him crying (a natural emotion) just shows how disappointed he is. Both I and mjus said that several withdrawals CAN have psychological effects. I don’t want Rafa to play inhibited, fearing a return of the same injury and tha’s why it’s important for him not to rush his recovery.

    • Hi Lorna, I was working on two comments but they went out as one unfinished general comment so I don’t know why you felt it was meant for you. I double checked.

      Following is my response to your comment.

      Any player would also cry if he couldn’t play at the 25th anniversary of a loved tournament. Cry also for the many fans who won’t get to see him play. Cry also for the tournament organization responsible for warmly welcoming and praising the strength of the player field with extra appreciation for counting a world No. 2 as a contestant; not any world No. 2 but Rafa Nadal.

      Rafa probably feels he has let too many people down. He may also feel that his absence from the tournament will be a huge disappointment for all those involved. A heavy burden yes but it’s not the same as missing the sound of thunderous applause and cheering from fans after winning a match or a tournament.

      I hope this time he waits until his body is healed so he can achieve his goals for the remainder of 2018.

      Rafa, please come back healthy and strong, mentally and physically. May the clay be with you.

      As you can see, it is my take on why Rafa would feel so devastated; him thinking of others instead of himself.

      RAFA ROCKS

  5. Until there is incontrovertible evidence that Rafa is having another bout with anxiety, I can’t believe his is having mental issues.

    Toni explained Rafa’s mental injury as an effect of not winning. 2017 was a great season for Rafa. He has not been losing tournaments, he has been either withdrawing or retiring from tournaments due to injury. A big difference.

    Any player would also cry if he couldn’t play at the 25th anniversary of a loved tournament. Cry also for the many fans who won’t get to see him play. Cry also for the tournament organization responsible for warmly welcoming and praising the strength of the player field with extra appreciation for counting a world No. 2 as a contestant; not any world No. 2 but Rafa Nadal.

    Rafa probably feels he has let too many people down. He has to realize what a blow his absence means. A heavy burden yes but it’s not the same as missing the sound of thunderous applause and cheering from fans after winning a match or a tournament.

    I hope this time he waits until his body is healed so he can achieve his goals for the remainder of 2018.

    Rafa, please come back healthy and strong, mentally and physically. May the clay be with you.

    RAFA ROCKS

  6. Wawrinka is listening to his body and has pulled out of IW and Miami. He will revert to practice only until the clay season. I hope that Rafa follows suit because If he wants to extend his career, Rafa must realise that, in terms of a comeback at his age, slow and steady wins the race.

  7. We all know that Rafa is extremely passionate about his tennis. Alejandro Burillo, owner and president of Grupo Pegasi, the organisers of the Mexican Open, said Rafa was extremely disappointed by his latest injury problem and told him that he cried in his villa for two hours. I can only imagine what he’s going through. Rafa is known for his mental strength, but as I said in my previous post, these recurring problems can take their toll psychologically. All the more reason for Rafa to chill out for a couple of months to give himself the proper time to recover and to lessen any anxiety. After all, there is no one on his heels, at the moment, as far as the rankings are concerned.

  8. I am wondering if Rafa may already have made up his mind about what to do after recovering.

    Consider this: After being forced recently to either retire or withdraw from so many tournaments because of injuries, it has to have dawned on Rafa that he needs to schedule tournaments with a view to staying healthy.

    Consider this: Not long after Rafa retired from the AO, he said he wanted to return as the best court player. I posted that here in an earlier post.

    Consider this: Spain will host Germany in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals in just its second appearance in the last eight since 2012. April 6-8, on clay. [DC website]
    I feel Rafa will want to be a part of this, for country and team.

    Consider this: Won’t Rafa want to play the Monte-Carlos Masters April 15-22, if he is fit?

    And on with the rest of the clay season looking for an 11th French Open title.

    Rafa owns clay so I can’t envision him being insecure on this surface.

    Wishing for a good prognosis and sufficient recovery period so Rafa can continue wowing his fans and the tennis world.

    RAFA ROCKS

  9. Rafa is opening yet a second tennis center, scheduled to open this coming November.

    The Rafa Nadal Sports Center will be located in the resort town of Cancun and will boast eight clay courts, a gymnasium, and a section that will house objects donated by athletes of all time. [forbes.com.mx]

    Congratulations to Rafa on another adventure.

    RAFA ROCKS

  10. According to the Spanish-language press, Rafa said not until the liquid subsides can there be a diagnosis. [He may be referring to the liquid-filled bursa that is near the iliopsoas.]

    The reporter said he hoped Rafa’s absence will not spoil the excitement for the championships which includes five of the world’s top-ten players. Rafa responded, “this year Alcapulco has one of the best quarters in its history and I will stay a little longer.
    [20minutos.es]

    Enjoy your stay, luxuriate in the beauty of Alcapulco and Cozumel, rest, relax, try to stay off your feet, rest some more, learn how to recuperate.

    Please rest Rafa, POR FAVOR

    If you rest Rafa, you will rock even more.

    RAFA ROCKS

  11. Unfortunate as we know you enjoy Acapulco tournament. However, recover soon
    as tennis is uninspiring when you are absent. Of course, we wish you the best, and are confident your team is top notch. IW will miss you, if you cannot attend☹️

  12. Rafa should rest complety and if he is given green light then play. Maybe IW is coming too soon. Miami should be a better option.

    But foremost Rafa should be guided psychologically because i fear the fact that he has withdrawn five times from a tournament could have a devestating impact on him and can affect his game in a way it did in 2015 and 2016. These two years were aweful and very bad for nadal personally but also the atp. And then people will write him off just like they did in those two years.

  13. Having to withdraw from several tournaments in succession can be damaging psychologically. Rafa, be patience and wait for the clay!!!

  14. Fortunately for Rafa, his injury is nothing akin to Andy’s.

    According to his comments to the press, Andy’s condition seems to be a degenerative hip-joint problem; something he admitted to have been suffering from for many years. I hope his surgery went well.

    Rafa, on the other hand, suffered an injury to his iliopsoas muscle which is actually two muscles that converge. Not only is it in a hard-to-reach area but it is surrounded by nerve cells which most likely explains the severe pain Rafa experienced. I am aware of Rafa’s high tolerance for pain but pain caused by nerve cells is a totally different beast.

    His only chance of recovery is to rest; no golf, no appearances for sponsors, nada.

    IW starts next week and I hope he skips it.

    Waiting anxiously to learn what the diagnosis is and what he decides to do.

    RAFA ROCKS

  15. In my opinion Rafa always wants to come back from injury too soon. He should never have considered playing Acapulco in the first place.
    Much I love to see him play he would be wise to forget all about Indian Wells and maybe Miami also. Forget about the number 1 and be ready for a good clay season.
    But of course when he goes home to rest he doesn’t do so. He plays golf instead. Then he is travelling all over the place at the demand of the sponsors who take advantage of his absence from tennis to promote their products.
    I will be a Rafa fan forever but I just wish he would take a good look at his schedule and committments and make some serious adjustments.
    I know he is just so popular and everyone wants a piece of him but he needs to learn to say “no”at times.
    If he really wants to prolong his career now is the time to make some changes.

  16. Now you know the true face of a Federer fan on this site named Margo. The one who tries to fight against every single opinion on this site when they suggest Rafa needs more rest to fully recover. Nice try! But simply putting “Rafa Rocks” at the end of comments doesn’t make you a Rafan.

    Now i really doubt whether he could prevent Djokovic to become the first man in the Open Era to complete “Double Career Grandslam”. Rafa’s injury seems to be similiar with Andy Murray’s case. Being impatience and not having a right treatment could cost his career.

  17. I’m praying you’ll get better soon . We love you here in Indian Wells, Tennis is not the same without you . Vamos Rafa !!!

  18. Already he’s talking about “coming back as quickly as possible” without knowing exactly what is going on.

    The iliopsoas is the strongest of the hip flexors and is important for walking, standing and running. If Rafa doesn’t eat properly and truly rest, something he seems incapable of doing, he will not heal.

    TAKE TIME TO FULLY HEAL

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