I'm not convinced that Nadal's clay court schedule is what was the problem last year. I can see why some people would think so.
The causal reasoning is simple. The end result is the loss to Soderling. The lead-up to that is four long tournaments.
But I'm not buying that it was the scheduling that hurt Nadal.
First of all, he had a whole week of rest before RG. And, oddly enough, he choose to spend it by playing exhibitions (why do this if you're hurt).
Secondly, why associate "being hurt" with "being tired"? Because one is not like the other. When a player overplays, he gets tired - not necessarily hurt. Getting hurt, however, is a different thing. One could get hurt by chance - a freak incident. Oftentimes, it has nothing to do with how much one plays.
Thirdly, there were reports that Nadal had some lower body issues all the way back in Rotterdam of 2009. Did he have these problems this year so far? I have not heard anything?
So why are we worried about his workload again this spring? He's going to have two full weeks of rest again - not to mention that masters events are shorter than ever, all have byes for top players and the number of matches played for a finalist is down from six to five.
Give me a break.
What a dumbass post. This is a joke, yes?
He did pull out of Queens and Wimbledon though, b/c he does not care about the grass court season at all.