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Rafa's 2007 Schedule

Johnny Groove
11-17-2006, 01:01 AM
I know hes playing in Chennai and Sydney the first two weeks, so he can be tired for the AO :rolleyes: Then, hes confirmed his participation in the DC tie vs. Suisse, then I dont know :shrug:

Prolly Dubai, but in February, i dunno.

His spring season is set in stone, with IW, Miami, MC, Barca, Rome, (perhaps) Hamburg, RG, Queens, and Wimbly

After that, its anyone's guess. If he goes and loses to Kendrick in R2 wimbly, he'll prolly go play Stuttgart, but its mostly speculation

Anyone have anymore info?

payrol
11-22-2006, 10:40 AM
any chance that Nadal will be playing Thailand Open? coz i really want to see him in action live since Thailand is the nearest...or else...maybe wait for the Masters Cup shangahi next year..;) cant wait for the new season!!

Björki
11-22-2006, 11:06 AM
only "perhaps" Hamburg??

Johnny Groove
11-22-2006, 03:41 PM
only "perhaps" Hamburg??

I used the last two years of evidence. :p

I.E. If the Rome final is ANOTHER epic, then he'll most likely pull out

Roger The Great
11-24-2006, 01:45 AM
Isn't the Rome final now a three set encounter? If so, hopefully the finalists will be more inclined to play Hamburg.

mallorn
11-24-2006, 07:42 AM
^^^ It's supposed to be best of three from now on. :sad: Still, I reckon Rafa's participation in the Hamburg tournament will depend on his clay season up till then. If he plays as many finals as in the last two years, he might still want to take the week off. :shrug:

NancyIsabelle
11-28-2006, 12:03 PM
any chance that Nadal will be playing Thailand Open? coz i really want to see him in action live since Thailand is the nearest...or else...maybe wait for the Masters Cup shangahi next year..;) cant wait for the new season!!

Hello Payrol ! They had political problems in Thailand several weeks ago (coup) and a press release was published to say that this exhibition with Nalbandian was "on hold". From what I understand, since we did hear nothing about it, I think it's cancelled. Unless they change their mind at the last minute, but Rafa has already few things to do while on "vacations" and he is living for Chennai on the 28th of December. I would be happy for you though if it's still on and you can see him.

payrol
11-29-2006, 08:04 AM
Hello Payrol ! They had political problems in Thailand several weeks ago (coup) and a press release was published to say that this exhibition with Nalbandian was "on hold". From what I understand, since we did hear nothing about it, I think it's cancelled. Unless they change their mind at the last minute, but Rafa has already few things to do while on "vacations" and he is living for Chennai on the 28th of December. I would be happy for you though if it's still on and you can see him.

Hi Nancy..thanks for the explanation...:) ..cant wait to see him in action next season...

fyi
11-30-2006, 02:59 AM
Hi Payrol and Nancy

Just to give information. Thailand Open is not cancelled. It is scheduled September starting the next day after Davis Cup in September ( can't remember which DC round). I don't think Rafa will come because if he plays DC on Sunday, it is unlikely he will play Thailand Open the next day (week ).

What they cancelled is the exhibition match (Rafa vs Nalbandian ) on 31 December this year.:(

chocc0
12-01-2006, 09:18 AM
woooooooooooootttttttttttt SYDNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oz_boz
12-07-2006, 09:45 AM
^^^ It's supposed to be best of three from now on. :sad: Still, I reckon Rafa's participation in the Hamburg tournament will depend on his clay season up till then. If he plays as many finals as in the last two years, he might still want to take the week off. :shrug:

Yeah, too bad with Rome F as best of three.

But I think Nadal could try to make a nice record by winning all clay TMS in one season. He has a very good chance now with Roger as the 2nd best on clay and the rest of the competition pretty lackluster - Gaudio, Coria, Ferrero and the like.

However, it would probably require him to skip Barca - which he likely won't for obvious reasons - and he could be a bit tired when going into RG. Maybe the wrong time to take that kind of risk when he is a huge favourite to the first RG threepeat since the legendary Borg.

kiwifan80
12-08-2006, 10:53 PM
Glad he's playing Sydney !!!:)

Tess Gray
12-10-2006, 07:05 PM
I hope he plays in Rotterdam in Febuary... But i doubt it:rolleyes:

mallorn
02-22-2007, 05:44 PM
Apparently Rafa has signed a two-year contract to play in Stuttgart in 2007 and 2008.

http://www.lasegunda.com/ediciononline/deportes/detalle/index.asp?idnoticia=328766

(Thanks Nou.amic)


There's also speculation about Rafa's appearance in Thailand:
ATP THAILAND OPEN

Organisers confirm star attraction

TOR CHITTINAND

Several of the world's top tennis players will compete in September's ATP Thailand Open in Bangkok, according to BEC Tero Entertainment managing director Brian Marcar. ''I can confirm there will be leading players in the tournament and one will be one of top two players at the moment,'' he said.

Swiss world number one Roger Federer played in the 2004-2005 event and there is speculation that this time the organisers will be trying to get world No 2, Rafael Nadal from Spain.

''The appearance fee for the top player would be between 16-20 million baht, the same as we paid Roger Federer two years ago,'' he said.

Attendances were down at last year's tournament, partly because few of the top players were in action.

The US$550,000 event will be held at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani from September 24-30.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/Sports/23Feb2007_sport26.php

Johnny Groove
02-22-2007, 11:28 PM
great idea to play Stutt IMO. Therefore, he wont come to TMS canada/Cincy/USO playing flatly and un-Rafalike. At least he'll have some match play and a tourney win under his belt

Xristos
02-23-2007, 01:26 AM
So is Rafa playing Miami?

I mean...he has to.

mallorn
02-24-2007, 09:57 AM
In this video taken on his way to Dubai he's speaking Catalan and all I can make out for sure is "Indian Wells and Miami" :p so I guess he's playing both. :shrug:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYlxfMQRPeo (thanks Patxy)

Xristos
02-24-2007, 10:19 AM
Is catalan different from spanish?

mallorn
02-24-2007, 10:29 AM
Oh yes.

I don't speak either, BTW (I understand a tiny bit of Spanish), but even I can hear the difference.

Xristos
02-24-2007, 10:47 AM
Hmm strange...

rafagirlno1
02-25-2007, 02:34 PM
rafa should play sensible this time and avoid overpley and play more clay tours . he is the king of clay and is so close to win wimbledon last year .i love is never say die attitude and always respect everyone and loves to give 100% match after match.

i hope he remains 100 % fit througout his life and i pray for him everyday

leena

BlueSwan
05-25-2007, 08:16 AM
Hi Nadal fans,

I'm a Fed fan gone astray here, but I want to ask if anyone here has any additional info on Rafa's post-Wimbledon schedule. There's no such info on www.rafaelnadal.com. At one time I heard a rumour that he was playing a couple of clay events after Wimbledon, but I don't know if there's any truth to this.

The reason why I'm asking is that I'm doing the Federer vs Nadal ranking points thread in the Federer forum. Feel free to view it if you wish: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=102238

Lopaka
05-25-2007, 08:23 AM
There was a new release stating Rafa had agreed to play Stuttgart. Beyond that plug in the manditory events. It is doubtful he would elect to play any other non-required events because he could not count the points.

spriwi
06-16-2007, 08:29 AM
There was a new release stating Rafa had agreed to play Stuttgart. Beyond that plug in the manditory events. It is doubtful he would elect to play any other non-required events because he could not count the points.

:confused:
come on his 5th best is 20 points, supposing he wins stuttgart its 55 for QF of artois. if he wants to be no1 at the end of this year he should get as many points for the 5bests as possible, winning something like bastad would be nice. 175-55=120 which still may be of use.
i know it would be a bit tiring etc, but if rafa plays his best on the hardcourt, it may be the matter of each and every point at the end of the season to maintain the no1 in the race :angel:

Lopaka
06-17-2007, 07:27 AM
:confused:
come on his 5th best is 20 points, supposing he wins stuttgart its 55 for QF of artois. if he wants to be no1 at the end of this year he should get as many points for the 5bests as possible, winning something like bastad would be nice. 175-55=120 which still may be of use.
i know it would be a bit tiring etc, but if rafa plays his best on the hardcourt, it may be the matter of each and every point at the end of the season to maintain the no1 in the race :angel:

Perhaps Rafa is hoping to repeat 2005 when he played Stuttgart as a lead in to winning Montreal. Also Stuttgart offers potentially more points than Bastad. I think we can expect Rafa to take a few days off after a successful Wimbledon competition and Stuttgart would seem a good familiar location to start his journey to the NA hard courts.

As much as I look forward to the day when Rafa has his turn at No. 1 I don't expect it to be just yet. Looking at the ATP Race points is an attractive picture but I'm not ready accept them as a year end expectation. Roger is not going to suddenly fade away and drift down the ranking ladder. I expect to see Rafa continue to chip away at his lead. Rafa has improved his tennis on all courts and I am certainly going to be cheering for him to make an even stronger showing at the USO than he has in past years.

anon57
10-12-2007, 06:39 PM
I known this is the 2007 schedule thread but I had a question about Rafa's 2008 schedule and didn't feel like opening a new thread. so I'll ask here. What will Rafa's spring schedule be like for 2008 because I remember reading earlier in the year that he had agreed to play a couple of SA clay tournaments in 08 but here in the Netherlands Krajicek tournament director for the Rotterdam tournament has anounced that Nadal has agreed to play Rotterdam (18-24 february) in 08, so I was wondering what Nadal's spring schedule was going to be.

Tess Gray
10-19-2007, 12:01 PM
I known this is the 2007 schedule thread but I had a question about Rafa's 2008 schedule and didn't feel like opening a new thread. so I'll ask here. What will Rafa's spring schedule be like for 2008 because I remember reading earlier in the year that he had agreed to play a couple of SA clay tournaments in 08 but here in the Netherlands Krajicek tournament director for the Rotterdam tournament has anounced that Nadal has agreed to play Rotterdam (18-24 february) in 08, so I was wondering what Nadal's spring schedule was going to be.

Sorry, that's all I know as well. :shrug:

Sunset of Age
10-19-2007, 08:52 PM
I known this is the 2007 schedule thread but I had a question about Rafa's 2008 schedule and didn't feel like opening a new thread. so I'll ask here. What will Rafa's spring schedule be like for 2008 because I remember reading earlier in the year that he had agreed to play a couple of SA clay tournaments in 08 but here in the Netherlands Krajicek tournament director for the Rotterdam tournament has anounced that Nadal has agreed to play Rotterdam (18-24 february) in 08, so I was wondering what Nadal's spring schedule was going to be.

Same here, that's all I know for now.

Must say that I'd be quite surprised to see him indeed turn up in Rotterdam. Would be great if he did, but the tournament has quite a reputation for announcing top players who all withdrew in the end... I guess it'll highly depend on the rest of Raf's schedule, and how well he'll be doing there.

l_mac
10-22-2007, 10:09 PM
I read on vamosbrigade that Toni Nadal said Rafa won't be doing the SA clay swing now, even though more clay tournaments would be better for him than the hardcourts.

hra87
10-22-2007, 10:35 PM
It would be better for his body, but I wonder whether doing clay almost all year round will cause his hard court game to get worse. He already has a tendency to revert to clay court tactics when put under pressure...

natinhall
10-23-2007, 12:01 AM
It would be better for his body, but I wonder whether doing clay almost all year round will cause his hard court game to get worse. He already has a tendency to revert to clay court tactics when put under pressure...

I agree. He needs more hard court tournaments, to improve his game in this surface. Now he can't to depend just of the clay season, because won't be sufficient. He will need play well in hard courts.

Xristos
10-24-2007, 03:58 PM
Is Rafa playing Paris?

Tess Gray
10-24-2007, 04:44 PM
Is Rafa playing Paris?

looks that way yes :)

Xristos
10-25-2007, 05:57 PM
Cool.