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Nadal Should Not Have Played Barcelona

I know its in his home country and to a certain extent he's expected to play it but at the end of the day theres a different between Grand Slams, 1000 events, and 500 events for a reason. I know physically clay doesn't take the same toll that hardcourts do but Rafa is really cutting the longevity of his career short by playing all these tourneys. I'm not sure if he's playing Queens Club prior to Wimbledon or Stuttgart right after (something he didn't do last year), but all these tourneys are goin to take a toll on him sooner or later. After he wins Barcelona this week, he'll have to play Rome next week and then play Madrid the week after. Ouch.
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There is a week between Rome and Madrid.

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i mean, he's done it every year, yes eventually it will take a toll

but they need to play a minimum number of 500 events, as well, and if i'm rafa i would be playing at least 2 of my 500 level events on clay (monte carlo counts as one, and barcelona) in order to maximize points

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i mean, he's done it every year, yes eventually it will take a toll

but they need to play a minimum number of 500 events, as well, and if i'm rafa i would be playing at least 2 of my 500 level events on clay (monte carlo counts as one, and barcelona) in order to maximize points
Monte Carlo is a 1000 event now.
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I suppose he figures go all out while he can instead of waiting cautiously for the day when it all "takes it's toll" on him, if that day does in fact come at all He's doing ok still, the tournament means alot to him, and if worst comes to worst he'll tank in Rome like last year. I would prefer he simply didn't turn up for one or the other, but whatever.

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Apparently, he routinely practices 3-5 hours every day. How does playing matches that are best of 3 sets on 5 out of 7 days in a tourney damage his body more than that?
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Apparently, he routinely practices 3-5 hours every day. How does playing matches that are best of 3 sets on 5 out of 7 days in a tourney damage his body more than that?
becuase it would neab practice and play that a combined xtra time....
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I love the notion that playing 5 extra matches in a 3 week span is something that going to put a career in jeopardy. Obviously playing Frederico Gil and Christoph Rochus back to back on clay is going to take superhuman amounts of energy for him, he'll be lucky if he recovers within a month.

I mean really, when you drop what, 1 set a tournament and all your matches last about an hour and a half I just don't see how your taking years off your life.

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Why doesn't he just rest the entire year, so he can extend his career by one full year? Absurd, right?

The thing is, Nadal would practice anyway, so why not join a tournament and get some practice, earn points and money? If there's any toll on his body, I would say it's very minimal and negligible.

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Why doesn't he just rest the entire year, so he can extend his career by one full year? Absurd, right?

The thing is, Nadal would practice anyway, so why not join a tournament and get some practice, earn points and money? If there's any toll on his body, I would say it's very minimal and negligible.
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He most likely rates Barcelona as a more important tournament that Madrid.

Which is a good thing because it shows the ATP that though they can ignore tennis history and attempt to arbitraliy define the importance of tournaments with ranking point designations they can't always succeed.
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He most likely rates Barcelona as a more important tournament that Madrid.

Which is a good thing because it shows the ATP that though they can ignore tennis history and attempt to arbitraliy define the importance of tournaments with ranking point designations they can't always succeed.
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