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Canceled a tournament two weeks before the start but already training. Rafito even left his credibility gaining habits. Desperate times, demand desperate measures
this is a bit dissapointing, love Rafa, but it certainly does seem not very genuine excuse, opting out of a grand slam weeks early and then (still weeks early) practicing on clay courts..

not really proud of him for this at all, not cool. if he's fit enough to practice on clay then its a bit of a baby move to not play Australia. last time I checked players weren't allowed to opt out of tournaments just because they thought they were rusty? does ATP not implement anything anymore?
I was totally ok with it when he said it was a stomach problem and that his practice would not be enough in time, but its still weeks away from Australia and he's practicing on clay
ughhh. not pretty thing to see Nadal

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this is a bit dissapointing, love Rafa, but it certainly does seem not very genuine excuse, opting out of a grand slam weeks early and then (still weeks early) practicing on clay courts..

not really proud of him for this at all, not cool. if he's fit enough to practice on clay then its a bit of a baby move to not play Australia. last time I checked players weren't allowed to opt out of tournaments just because they thought they were rusty? does ATP not implement anything anymore?
I was totally ok with it when he said it was a stomach problem and that his practice would not be enough in time, but its still weeks away from Australia and he's practicing on clay
ughhh. not pretty thing to see Nadal
Well the explanation appears to still a practicing one in that he had to take a 10 day break in practicing - today was his first day on court since Dec 20. Given that he hasn't played a match since June and then had a big break in practice (in professional terms a 10-11 day break of nothing but rest is a long time) I can see that he'd be more wary of heading straight into a slam. He'd have to either play Kooyong or a tournament the week before a slam, something he doesn't normally do. Then the prospect of playing 3 straight weeks, with best of 5 matches in extreme heat. All in all not what the doctor ordered for his knees. Added to that his knees are not 100% and Abu Dhabi was meant to test it in match like conditions against top opponents.

Travelling to Australia and risking putting his recovery back probably just didn't add up in the end. If he hadn't had the virus I think he'd have played Abu Dhabi at least and then decided how ready the knee was. Djokovic said in Abu Dhabi that he'd been in contact with Nadal the week before and they'd discussed setting up a practice session. I doubt he'd be doing that if he never intended to come. Think Australia was always contingent on how first few matches in Abu Dhabi and/or Doha went - that couldn't happen due to virus - hence pulled out of it all.

End result is the same - not yet ready for Australia. Return will be on clay. May as well practice on that. Agree it's confusing and not well handled though.

In other Nadal news, he's had a haircut - ringing in the New Year with grapes for good luck (which he needs!):

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he suddenly looks very young with that haircut!

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Re: Rafael Nadal Injury/Health Update Thread : Nadal out of Abu Dhabi exho

Nadal is fading fast. If he doesn't step it up in the clay season and win the FO he will be close to done. And I am talking in terms of slams here. Can't see him winning a slam again if he doesn't win the FO this year. Djokovic will be a huge threat there.
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I'm sure the AO organizers love seeing him out on a tennis court practicing after he's just withdrawn from their tournament.

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He should just have said slowasfuck hard courts do my knees/joints in, I wanna prolong my career. If they fine him so frigging what.

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Never in doubt that Nadal wasn't sick. Only the blindest of Nadulltards would buy such a weak excuse. The guy simple didn't want to get thrashed by some mug like Cilic. He won't return until the clay so he can avoid looking like an amateur player.



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Well the explanation appears to still a practicing one in that he had to take a 10 day break in practicing - today was his first day on court since Dec 20. Given that he hasn't played a match since June and then had a big break in practice (in professional terms a 10-11 day break of nothing but rest is a long time) I can see that he'd be more wary of heading straight into a slam. He'd have to either play Kooyong or a tournament the week before a slam, something he doesn't normally do. Then the prospect of playing 3 straight weeks, with best of 5 matches in extreme heat. All in all not what the doctor ordered for his knees. Added to that his knees are not 100% and Abu Dhabi was meant to test it in match like conditions against top opponents.

Travelling to Australia and risking putting his recovery back probably just didn't add up in the end. If he hadn't had the virus I think he'd have played Abu Dhabi at least and then decided how ready the knee was. Djokovic said in Abu Dhabi that he'd been in contact with Nadal the week before and they'd discussed setting up a practice session. I doubt he'd be doing that if he never intended to come. Think Australia was always contingent on how first few matches in Abu Dhabi and/or Doha went - that couldn't happen due to virus - hence pulled out of it all.

End result is the same - not yet ready for Australia. Return will be on clay. May as well practice on that. Agree it's confusing and not well handled though.

In other Nadal news, he's had a haircut - ringing in the New Year with grapes for good luck (which he needs!):

I get it, that he doesn't want to risk both his physical well being and/or perception to other players by playing an event he thinks he's not ready for, but practicing on clay with still lots of days until the Australian Open just is really tacky. I'm all for Nadal prolonging his career or starting the season out on clay so he can better find his mojo BUT at some point you do have to think that a player has an obligation to follow the standards of the tour rather than his own lackadaisical ever changing schedule. it just is frustrating, the ATP again and again makes big threats of fines and such if players do not play a mandatory event yet Nadal can opt out of tournaments just by saying he feels he won't have enough practice time? seems strange
love Rafa and I can't for him to come back, but whoever's idea it was to practice on clay courts and allow it to come out to the media was really dumb. certainly isn't graceful move towards Australia and all the fans who bought tickets way in advance hoping he would play

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He should just have said slowasfuck hard courts do my knees/joints in, I wanna prolong my career. If they fine him so frigging what.
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this is a bit dissapointing, love Rafa, but it certainly does seem not very genuine excuse, opting out of a grand slam weeks early and then (still weeks early) practicing on clay courts..

not really proud of him for this at all, not cool. if he's fit enough to practice on clay then its a bit of a baby move to not play Australia. last time I checked players weren't allowed to opt out of tournaments just because they thought they were rusty? does ATP not implement anything anymore? I was totally ok with it when he said it was a stomach problem and that his practice would not be enough in time, but its still weeks away from Australia and he's practicing on clay
ughhh. not pretty thing to see Nadal
The only punishment for Nadal will be loss of eligibility to share the bonus pool, which I don't think he will lose sleep over. He can play an exho immediately after AO and gain more money that way than any fine will take from him.
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Re: Rafael Nadal Injury/Health Update Thread : Nadal out of Abu Dhabi exho

Is it so hard to explain things right?!

Usually when something doesn't sound right then it isn't. Why can't the nadal camp for once say things as they are? They are always so mysterious.

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This Rosol, what a guy!
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Looks like he will only play on clay and grass(?) from now on. Coming up with 1000 different excuses to avoid the HC tournaments.
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I think he'll likely return to the tour during the February 'South American clay court swing'.

Since he's already committed to Acapulco (which doesn't start until the end of February) I think he'll probably start back at the 250 clay court tournament in Sao Paolo in mid February (ideal as it's a small clay court tournament with a relatively weak field).

Playing those two clay court tournaments would then prepare him for Indian Wells and Miami in March.
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