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Should/Would Nadal play at Rotterdam?

Stefanos13
02-02-2009, 07:41 AM
Nadal is scheduling to play at Rotterdam (500-point event starting on 9th Feb). He's won the AO, he has a long way to travel back to Europe (jetlag :) and also he revealed that the back of his right leg is tight – a small injury he developed during the Verdasco match.

Do you think he needs the points and match play from that event? I have a feeling he'll pull out...

Should he / Could he / Would he play?

jenanun
02-02-2009, 07:44 AM
no...

Laba
02-02-2009, 07:47 AM
I know he's got points to gain there since he lost early last year to Seppi but I'd rather he skipped this event to make sure he's fully fit and charged again in time Dubai. Does he need the points? Not really. Does he need the match play? It could be of some benefit. I get the impression that he'll withdraw like he did with Stuttgart after winning Wimbledon last year.

FedFan_2007
02-02-2009, 07:52 AM
Why? He's #1 by a huge margin now, has a small injury. There is literally no reason to play this event. You will next see him in Dubai.

rafa_maniac
02-02-2009, 07:59 AM
God I hope he pulls out, no need to strain himself in such a dud event so soon after a GS victory. He doesn't have the pressure of points to defend there and the surface doesn't suit him.

Halba
02-02-2009, 08:29 AM
he'll pull out

i also think he should opt out of barcelona clay mickey mouse as well and just play the MS series clay events

wtf is barcelona title required anymore.

Mohammad
02-02-2009, 08:40 AM
I suppose he will attend there.

Aurora
02-02-2009, 08:51 AM
Players are required to play 4 500-events, I thought :scratch:. Davis Cup counts as one, Barcelona is one of his "personal" tournaments - so that's 2 already.
:shrug: I think he's gonna play if the body feels ok. Request a late start, and lose to the first opponent that puts pressure on him on the fast underground.

Kolya
02-02-2009, 10:14 AM
Don't wanna lose to Seppi again...

Certinfy
02-02-2009, 12:16 PM
What other "top" players are playing this year?

Aenea
02-02-2009, 02:27 PM
What other "top" players are playing this year?

Andy Murray, Tsonga and Monfils so far.

Rafa was the first contracted player to participate in Rotterdam and will be difficult for him to pull out. I wish he skip it.

felipe2004
02-02-2009, 02:32 PM
Andy Murray, Tsonga and Monfils so far.

Rafa was the first contracted player to participate in Rotterdam and will be difficult for him to pull out. I wish he skip it.

Simon is also playing it.

nkhera1
02-02-2009, 02:32 PM
He has to play 4 500s. He might as well get one out of the way. Usually after the US Open he is dead anyways so he should minimize his schedule after that or he can pull out and try to play 2 tourneys after the US Open though he knows he won't be in top form. Either way I don't think its ideal for him to play in Rotterdam, but I can see why he would.

FedFan
02-02-2009, 02:40 PM
Why should he retire if he is scheduled to play? As the number one player you have some commitments to fulfill. The fans and organizers have the right to see the best players, even if it is a smaller tournament.

Roger as he was number one and has won almost everything pratically never retired from smaller tournaments. Topstars have to care about their sport not only about their personal interests.

Johnny Groove
02-02-2009, 02:41 PM
He should skip this event, but with the 4 "500's" rule, if Nadal is feeling ok, It'd be best to knock one of those out now. :shrug:

Bazooka
02-02-2009, 02:43 PM
It's not good for him, but he should have thought about it when he commited with the organizers.

He should go, play for fun and with no pressure, and maybe win.

alfonsojose
02-02-2009, 02:44 PM
Play as much as u can darling :devil:

Aenea
02-02-2009, 02:46 PM
Why should he retire if he is scheduled to play? As the number one player you have some commitments to fulfill. The fans and organizers have the right to see the best players, even if it is a smaller tournament.

Roger as he was number one and has won almost everything pratically never retired from smaller tournaments. Topstars have to care about their sport not only about their personal interests.

As if he has played any :rolleyes: And practically he has pulled out of Stockholm last year.

FedFan
02-02-2009, 02:53 PM
As if he has played any :rolleyes: And practically he has pulled out of Stockholm last year.

Stockholm was one of the few tournaments, where Roger withdraw.

Roger has almost played every smaller tournament for years as he was number one, although he was not in need of the ranking points.

As the world best you have to be a model for the sport and their fans.

Yves.
02-02-2009, 03:03 PM
Yes, he played the worst match of season in R'dam last year. He wants to reach the QF.

Mansave_75
02-02-2009, 03:43 PM
I think Rafa has to play it, he has 1 week to recover from Aussi hard work.
And as the 1st seed he will start on the third day for sure. So more days off...
:)

Xristos
02-02-2009, 03:52 PM
He will play and lose early I think.

jcadam2003
02-03-2009, 06:38 AM
Why should he retire if he is scheduled to play? As the number one player you have some commitments to fulfill. The fans and organizers have the right to see the best players, even if it is a smaller tournament.

Roger as he was number one and has won almost everything pratically never retired from smaller tournaments. Topstars have to care about their sport not only about their personal interests.

ummmm......As the number one seed in 2006 Roger pulled out of Rotterdam and not even because of an injury, just fatigue....

bobbynorwich
02-03-2009, 07:46 AM
All depends on those knees.

Aenea
02-03-2009, 08:15 AM
He will play. I saw his interview this morning and he said he's concentrating on the upcoming matches in Rotterdam.

Stefanos13
02-04-2009, 07:30 AM
He will play. I saw his interview this morning and he said he's concentrating on the upcoming matches in Rotterdam.

That's great – if not a bit surprising. I thought the AO gave him a hamstring scare and would have wanted to make sure he's back to being 100%. Plus the time difference.

Anyway, great news

the graduate
02-04-2009, 10:49 AM
he should stay home with Xisca and give her good loving;)

Stefanos13
02-04-2009, 03:52 PM
he should stay home with Xisca and give her good loving;)

That's bad for his knees ;):D

TMJordan
02-04-2009, 03:58 PM
I dare him too.

Ginger
02-04-2009, 04:19 PM
Should play tournaments in South America instead... better for poor knees...

Dougie
02-04-2009, 04:35 PM
Stockholm was one of the few tournaments, where Roger withdraw.

Roger has almost played every smaller tournament for years as he was number one, although he was not in need of the ranking points.

As the world best you have to be a model for the sport and their fans.

Roger played smaller tournaments? Last year I recall him playing Estoril as a preparation for he RG and Basel, because it´s his home tournament.
If Rafa really wants to go after several GS´s, he should plan his schedule accordingly, just like Fed has. This is already the time of year when you should make sure you have stamina left by the time the US Open comes. I don´t see why Rafa would play these kind of events with Miami and Indian Wells just around the corner. It will only put more strain to his knees.

Pfloyd
02-04-2009, 06:30 PM
Now that Nadal is pretty damn good on HC, he should play more clay and only focus on the important HC events.

This way he'll last a couple more years.

Raquel
02-04-2009, 06:52 PM
I think he might play. Didn't Richard Krajicek say he would let Rafael pick whatever tennis balls he wants in the 2009 event? :p http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=132789