Right, since nobody seems to be eager to start this one
, I'll volunteer for the "shoot the messenger" job. Let's get this thing started, shall we?
Men's singles draw (pdf file)
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RAFA TO STAR IN NEW YORK CITY CHALLENGE
New York, August 25th 2009
Tennis greats, Rafa Nadal, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and John McEnroe will gather Wednesday, August 26, in the heart of New York City to challenge local youth tennis players and the general public to try their hand at experiencing what it’s like to return a pro serve.
Hundreds of tennis fans and youth from New York Parks and Rec, Athletes for Charity, and Mentoring USA will be treated to inspirational tennis tips and guidance from Federer, Nadal, Williams, and McEnroe.
Three youth, representing each organization in attendance, will also have a chance to win a donation for their group by returning serves from a tennis serve-simulator set to mimic the powerful shots of the pros. In addition, Nike, for the first time will unveil each athletes look for the 2009 U.S. Open.
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Nadal suffers minor abdominal discomfort
The Mallorcan tennis player, Rafael Nadal suffered a small muscle discomfort in the abdominal area due to its inactivity in the past two months. Which did not allowed him a fluid movement of fluid in the semifinals match agaist Novak Djokovic. The world number three, who is in New York had to do different promotional events, went to a medical facility to find out the real extent of the disruptions. Tests showed that he suffers a small micro tear in the abdominal area should not affect him for the start of the U.S. Open next week
(for all the "the excuse is ready" mugs out there: read: "should NOT")
Source: Mallorca Esports
+ credit to www.vamosbrigade.com
and to meriko in particular.
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Rafa is going to blog
again for The Times:
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Send him your questions
E-mail your question to Rafa: firstname.lastname@example.org
The wait is over. Rafael Nadal makes his eagerly-anticipated return to grand-slam tennis at the US Open starting on Monday.
The former world No 1 missed two months of the season to recover from tendinitis in both knees and in that time Roger Federer won Wimbledon and Andy Murray became the world No 2, with the Briton establishing himself as the leading challenger to Federer for the US Open title.
Rafa made his tour comeback at the Montreal Masters event earlier this month and looked more like his old self despite losing to Juan Del Potro in the quarter-finals. The six-times grand-slam winner went a stage further at the Cincinnati Masters (right), but was convincingly beaten by Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
Can Rafa go one better at Flushing Meadows? Find out as he keeps you up to date with daily notes on how he's feeling, what he's doing and who he's been seeing. Nadal will also answer those pressing questions that you've always wanted to ask.
E-mail him now (email@example.com) and stay tuned for Nadal's first post.