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Agassi praises Nadal's grasscourt attitude

WhataQT
06-13-2006, 04:54 AM
Agassi praises Nadal's grasscourt attitude
By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) - French Open champion Rafael Nadal's determination to prove his credentials on grass was applauded by former Wimbledon champion Andre Agassi on Monday.

While many Roland Garros champions opted to put their feet up and shun the grasscourt season, Spaniard Nadal has repeatedly bucked the trend.

"I respect how much he's valued Wimbledon and what he's said about it," said Agassi, who famously boycotted the home of grasscourt tennis during the early stages of his career because of the tournament's all-white attire policy.
"It shows you the competitor's heart he has. Any time you got a ticker like that, you got to leave room for some great things."

Four-times Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman added: "I just like the attitude that he just wants to come and play and challenge himself.

"Irrespective of whether he loses in the first round of Wimbledon or makes the final, you know he's going to be out there to better himself as a player and see how good he can be."

After winning a maiden grand slam title in Paris last year, Nadal legged it to Germany to have a stab at finding his feet on the lawns in Halle.

'BUILDING CONFIDENCE'
That experiment ended in his first match and after skidding out of Wimbledon in the second round, he has opted to try a different strategy this time round.
He has entered both singles and doubles at the Stella Artois Championships in London, which is a stone's throw away from Wimbledon.

"Last year I played in Halle without any concentration," Nadal said after extending his record unbeaten run on clay to 60 matches following his four-set win over world number one Roger Federer in the French Open final.
"But this year I want to concentrate... and play good matches because that's important for building up confidence for Wimbledon."

While the 20-year-old has built an aura of invincibility around him when it comes to his claycourt feats, Agassi warned that the Spaniard had plenty of work to do if he was ever to become a force on the turf.

On current form, Nadal faces an uphill task of even coming close to becoming the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles back-to-back.

"It's easy to see that he's going to have more difficulty on grass than any other surface from his side of the court," said the American.

Henman added: "With the extreme nature of his game, you know how much he relies on his movement, I think how much harder that will be for him on a grass court.

"But (considering) he won Madrid at the end of last year on a relatively fast court and altitude, he's going to fancy his chances on grass.

"When you compete as well as he does, it's very dangerous to write him off on any type of surface."

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-5881207,00.html

Tom_Bombadil
06-13-2006, 07:52 AM
I like that.

bokehlicious
06-13-2006, 07:57 AM
As Rafa wishes to win Wimbledon someday, better for him not to skip grass season :yeah:

That said that's good for tennis that top players want to fight on every surfaces.

A_Skywalker
06-13-2006, 08:28 AM
That are very pleasant words from Andre and Tim

Agassi Fan
06-13-2006, 09:09 AM
I like this too. :-)

supersexynadal
06-13-2006, 12:55 PM
If Nadal wasnt even a tennis player i'll still admire him for that. I dont care how many people say he pretends to be fake and cheats and bla but i really believe hed love to get past the 3rd round at least. Its not easy to be that determined no matter how much u love tennis. He freely admitted hemight lose in the first round and that he just wants to prepare for wimby. So i wish him the best of luck, whatever happens HE STILL ROCKS! And keep on with the funny english!

Johnny Groove
06-13-2006, 01:20 PM
As Rafa wishes to win Wimbledon someday, better for him not to skip grass season :yeah:

That said that's good for tennis that top players want to fight on every surfaces.

holy shit. thats the first semi-positive thing youve ever said about nadal! :hatoff:

tangerine_dream
06-13-2006, 04:51 PM
Rafa is the only "dirtballer" to come out and say how much respect he has for Wimbledon and that he very much wants to do well there. He's not afraid of the grass, unlike most of the South American contingent.

Just another reason to admire the kid. :hatoff: Nice words from Andre and Tim, too.

supersexynadal
06-13-2006, 05:28 PM
Rafa is the only "dirtballer" to come out and say how much respect he has for Wimbledon and that he very much wants to do well there. He's not afraid of the grass, unlike most of the South American contingent.

Just another reason to admire the kid. :hatoff: Nice words from Andre and Tim, too.
And the Americans who are clayophobes! :o

stebs
06-13-2006, 05:30 PM
Rafa always has nice words to say about all tournaments but none more than Wimbledon. I admire him hugely for his desire to conquer all surfaces. They are the words of a true champion. I may not like the kid but god do I respect him. :worship:

Scotso
06-13-2006, 05:39 PM
Definitely a respectable attitude from Nadal.

DDrago2
06-13-2006, 06:05 PM
What crap. So what if he plays Wimbledon? Who ever glorified Andy or Roger for playing Roland Garros?

ae wowww
06-13-2006, 06:09 PM
Nice to hear this encouragement :D And I agree wholeheartedly, it is respectable simply to look to compete at Wimbledon and challenge.

Chloe le Bopper
06-13-2006, 06:12 PM
Rafa is the only "dirtballer" to come out and say how much respect he has for Wimbledon and that he very much wants to do well there. He's not afraid of the grass, unlike most of the South American contingent.

Just another reason to admire the kid. :hatoff: Nice words from Andre and Tim, too.
You apparently haven't paid any attention to Coria's past grasscourt efforts/comments :shrug:

revolution
06-13-2006, 06:13 PM
or Gonzalez :)

naughty_sprite
06-13-2006, 06:14 PM
good to see agassi playing :)

zine56
06-13-2006, 06:20 PM
You apparently haven't paid any attention to Coria's past grasscourt efforts/comments :shrug:


... who? :confused: ....

gillian
06-13-2006, 06:39 PM
Ok, this is unrelated, but here's a nice pic.

MisterQ
06-13-2006, 08:52 PM
Too bad Andre didn't have this attitude early in his career.

He probably realizes his mistake... thus the support for Nadal. :cool:

tangerine_dream
06-13-2006, 09:47 PM
You apparently haven't paid any attention to Coria's past grasscourt efforts/comments :shrug:
I do remember Coria's Wimby comments. :worship: I said most, not all. :p

I miss the old Coria :sad:

kronus12
06-13-2006, 11:34 PM
great attidude to have nadal i guess that's why you're a great champion i hope you do well in the grass tournaments.

gusman890
06-14-2006, 12:42 AM
i respect this kid for his desire to improve, and being a clay courter and his goal to win wimbleon gains respect in my heart becasue shows how much love and respect for the game and its traditions are.

where as most dirtballer's goals are to win the french and say "fuck you" to the rest of the world once they do it.

but Rafa is different.

he respects the game and wants to win the title that has the most history behind it. Wimbledon is a special tournament unless ur gaudio of course or any other person that i cant think of right now that skips the grass season.

vamos rafa !

niko
06-14-2006, 02:43 AM
Can somebody explain me why some players don't do well on certain surfaces,just curious.