The drama is entirely media based: I saw many interviews with Rafa while he was here in Mexico: he never brought up the subject of his knees or his schedule or his absence himself, he wanted to talk about the tournament, the place, the matches, and the journos invariably asked him about the knee, about the months away, about his plans or projections... They love drama, they know it sells...Everybody's getting tired of it, let's hope the journos realise that sooner rather than later.
I agree it is a bit of a headache
this whole thread is pretty fail and in fact MODS probably should remove somthing like this way in advance if the OP in question doesn't have any real strong indication that a player will actually drop out of a tournament.
this was all based on 'hearsay'
but it is exciting that Nadal is playing IW and not being lame trying to avoid hardcourts
of course it makes you wonder, had he lost in Mexico would he have?