Rafael Nadal

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Next tournament: Cincinnati

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Video: Nadal cramps during Hamburg trophy ceremony

Recent quote: “Now the hard-court season is starting. It’s a different story. But at the same time, I’ll keep going with the same mentality and this (Hamburg) title helps to be a little bit more calm and add some points to my ranking to try to finish the year in the top 8 again.”

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  1. The team captained by Rafa won the Olazábal & Nadal‎ Invitational, a charity golf tournament, for the third year in a row:


    Ten Golf (excerpts via Google Translate): ¤¤ This Friday and Saturday [Nov.24-25], the Olazábal & Nadal Invitational, a charity golf tournament, will be held at Pula Golf Resort in Mallorca. For the fifth consecutive year, professional golf players will join the world’s best tennis player, Rafael Nadal, and the legendary golfer, José María Olazábal, to support socially disadvantaged groups through this sporting event. Michelin-starred chefs will offer the participants the best gastronomy with their culinary skills, making this competition a unique tournament in the world.
    Eighteen international golfers will show their best game at the Olazábal & Nadal Invitational by Pula Golf Resort, accompanied by amateurs who have wanted to join the event. The teams will be captained by the world number one tennis player and by the winner of two editions of the Augusta Masters (golf, Olazábal).
    The proceeds will be donated to the two charitable organisations: Sport Mundi and the Rafa Nadal Foundation. The latter will allocate the funds to its ‘More Than Tennis’ project aimed at helping young people with intellectual disabilities, currently providing support to the children at 18 schools throughout Spain. ¤¤


    👍 to Rafa!

  2. Madrid: Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal, ranked No. 1 in the world, said he intends “to play in Abu Dhabi, Brisbane and the Australian Open” but emphasised that “a month [still] remains” and he wants to take things “step by step” with his injured knee.

    “I didn’t end the season in the best way possible… My knee doesn’t have to be better right now, the aim is for within a month,” he said on Monday at the Telefonica Flagship Store, where he presented a virtual reality game starring himself — “VR Movistar Nadal” — with which users can train and take part in the Rafa Nadal Challenge.

    Nadal, who withdrew from the last tourney of the season, the Masters Cup, due to an injury to his right knee, said that on Tuesday he will resume training and intends “to do what’s right to be ready” for the start of the new season.

    “I ended the season with injuries and I need to take the time to recover well. That’s why I’ve taken a few weeks of rest. I need to get started again. I intend to play in Abu Dhabi, Brisbane and Australia. That would be the ideal situation and I’m going to try and make it happen,” said the Spaniard, who has just concluded a vacation in The Bahamas.

    Despite his premature farewell at the Masters Cup, Nadal ended the season with six titles, including two Grand Slam titles — at Roland Garros and the US Open — climbing into the No. 1 spot in August, a position he was able to maintain until the season’s close.

    “We’re in a totally results-oriented world and everyone must follow his own path. When you feel that you have to do things in one way and they don’t go well, then you have to make decisions right away to correct them. This year, I played in 18 tournaments, which is not very many,” Nadal said.

    “Apart from the obligatory ones, I played in just three: Barcelona, Brisbane and Beijing. I played almost only what the regular calendar dictated, and what happened is that I played many matches, and fortunately everything went well,” he said.

    The Spaniard also said that Swiss star Roger Federer had had a “fantastic year,” adding that he [Nadal] and his team always work to reach agreement on what is best for his body and his tennis.

    Nadal also discussed the Academia Rafa Nadal, sponsored by Movistar, saying: “It’s a professional and vital project and more important than my career. It’s very special for me. The Academy is a training centre for athletes where they’re given every opportunity to get to their maximum potential and it has the latest sports technology.”


    • Rafa forget that he played the Laver Cup, played two singles and two doubles matches, those were additional work load. So, he practically played 80 singles matches this season, with minimal rest.

      I think he should reconsider his schedule after playing the Laver Cup; either skips Beijing and plays Basel instead or simply skips the Asian swing. He can pick and choose what he wants to play, from next season onwards as he has fulfilled all exemption requirements.

      • luckystar AT 10:44 AM,

        Rafa had a complete exemption from the Masters 1000 player commitment already THIS year.

        The ATP Rulebook, page 13:
        ¤¤ A player’s number of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 commitment tournaments shall be reduced by one (1) tournament for reaching each of the following milestones:
        1) 600 matches* (as of 1 January of the commitment year);
        2) 12 years of service;
        3) 30 years of age (as of 1 January of the commitment year).
        If all three (3) conditions are met then the player has a complete exemption from ATP World Tour Masters 1000 player commitment. ¤¤

  3. By the way Ricky, the hierarchy should change on the Social Page to reflect the current rankings:

    1. Rafael Nadal
    2. Roger Federer
    3. Grigor Dimitrov
    4. Alex Zverev
    5. Dominic Thiem
    6. Marin Cilic


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