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.


WATCH: Rafael Nadal confirms he will play at Queen’s Club as warm-up for Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal confirms he will play at Queen’s Club in London as part of his preparation for Wimbledon this year – 10 years after winning the event as part of a summer treble.

In 2008, Rafa clinched titles at the French Open, Queen’s and The Championships, Wimbledon.


I am very excited to communicate that I am going to come to Queen’s in 2018. It is going to be the 10th anniversary of my victory in 2008, it’s a great memory, winning there and three weeks later winning Wimbledon. It was an unforgettable year. I am very excited to be coming back and playing Queen’s again.

Queen’s Club tournament director Stephen Farrow said:

We are delighted that Rafa is planning to return to the Queen’s Club. His run 10 years ago will never be forgotten and to see him back at the top of the world rankings a decade later is a testament to his greatness and desire to achieve even more.

Source: The Queen’s Club Championships

Welcome back home, Rafa!

(EFE) – Rafael Nadal said on Thursday, two days after retiring from his Australian Open quarter-final match with an inner right hip ailment, that he hoped a long-term solution can be found to reduce the number of injuries on the ATP Tour.

“When there are more injuries than usual, it’s because something’s happening,” the world No. 1 said after he and his team arrived at the airport serving Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Spanish autonomous community of the Balearic Islands.

Rafa, who retired on Tuesday night while trailing Croatian world No. 6 Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 2-0, will be out for three weeks after an MRI he underwent in Melbourne revealed a Grade 1 strain of his iliopsoas muscle.

He recalled that he brought attention to a recent spate of injuries on Tour at the start of the Australian Open, a Grand Slam event he decided to play despite concerns about a right-knee injury.

He stressed, however, that he was not calling on the Tour to immediately make changes, such as moving more tournaments to surfaces easier on the body or shortening the tennis calendar.

“But if within a few years there’s a chance for some change that would benefit future generations of tennis players and improve their quality of life, that would be very positive, especially for the health of the athletes,” the 16-time Grand Slam champion said.

Our champ was clear, however, that he had no plans to retire in the short term.

“I don’t know how long I’ll play, whether it will be three, four or five more years. But when that time comes, I’ll know and I won’t be afraid. But now I’m not thinking about my retirement,” he said.

Rafa said that when referring to the detrimental effects of hard courts – the most commonly used surface on the ATP Tour – he was in no way doing so for his own personal gain.

“Few sports, as is the case with tennis, are played (mainly) on cement, hard, very aggressive surfaces, but I’m just another player giving his opinion,” Rafa, who will recover from his injury in his home town of Manacor, said.

Source: EFE

VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal retires with leg injury at the Australian Open – highlights, presser, hot shot

Rafael Nadal battled it out with Marin Cilic for a place in the 2018 Australian Open semi-finals, only to be hampered by injury.

Match highlights:

Rafa’s presser:  Continue reading “VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal retires with leg injury at the Australian Open – highlights, presser, hot shot”

VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Diego Schwartzman in Melbourne – hot shot, highlights, interview

Rafael Nadal’s winning match against Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2018, here are the highlights.

Hot Shot:

On Court Interview:  Continue reading “VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Diego Schwartzman in Melbourne – hot shot, highlights, interview”

The real special relationship: Aussie driver Iain and Rafa

Last September, Rafael Nadal shared a photo of himself with driver Iain and his wife Jane after the Australian couple were treated to dinner in Mallorca:

Iain has been (and still is) our driver at the Australian Open many years and together with his wife Jane we had last night a nice dinner at Sa Punta restaurant in Mallorca. Always nice to see you! Thanks for coming and see you in Melbourne in January!

A few days ago, Rafa has found time in his busy schedule to visit Iain and his family.


Rafa and I have agreed that when he retires, I will retire.

VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Damir Dzumhur in Melbourne – highlights, interview

Rafael Nadal’s victory against Damir Dzumhur putting him into the fourth round of the Australian Open 2018.

On court interview:

Rafa’s presser:  Continue reading “VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Damir Dzumhur in Melbourne – highlights, interview”