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Old 12-28-2012, 02:30 PM   #46
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Can Rafito already come out of the closet and openly say what issues he has and if he intends to come back on tour..this is getting annoying..
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:30 PM   #47
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A virus doesn`t allow him to prepare properly and with no matches,do u expect him to go there and play best of 5 set matches in the heat for his first event in 6 months.
It was probably either go and play some tuneup event and if he doesn`t make it then probably won`t go to AO.
In a way i think he could go there but i doubt he is the guy just to play and get a R2,R3 paycheck.
I'm sure Kooyong or Sydney would give him a wildcard. It's not like he just started practicing this week either. He's got to start playing sometime if he wants to get over the rust.
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yeah but then he'll just get steamrolled by djoko/fed/delpo/murray

no doubt he's trying to protect his H2H lead against those players, so he only plays when he's at his best or on a surface that's fully suited to him, some spartan he is
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Every day he's gone, tennis dies a little more. Dark days, the virus obviously prevented him from properly preparing for the AO.
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Every day he's gone, tennis dies a little more. Dark days, the virus obviously prevented him from properly preparing for the AO.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:33 PM   #51
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OK, AO's official announcement (from the link someone posted before : http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...705033061.html ) with some words from the man himself, it's better than nothing :

Nadal withdraws from Australian Open
Saturday, 29 December, 2012
By Tennis Australia

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from next month's Australian Open.

A stomach virus has plagued the Spanish superstar's preparation for the summer as he attempted to rejoin the tour for the first time since a mid-year knee injury.

Ironically, in the end it was the virus, and not the knee, that prompted his decision.

"I am sorry and very sad to announce that I will not play in the Australian Open," the 2009 Australian Open champion said. "My knee is coming along okay, but a stomach virus has left me unable to get ready in time to tackle the rigours of a Grand Slam.

"Because of the virus, I have been unable to get any match practice and simply would not be doing myself or my friends in Australia justice if I went down there so unprepared. You need your body to be at its best for the Australian Open," Nadal said.

"It was a difficult decision and I am extremely disappointed to be missing such a great event. I love coming to Melbourne and playing on Rod Laver Arena before the Australian crowds. It brings out the best in me. It hurts to have to wait another 12 months before I get another chance. In the meantime, the focus is now on desperately trying to get back on the tour."

Nadal was originally due to play his first matches since the surgery in Abu Dhabi followed by an event in Doha. The virus has meant he has had to withdraw from both, thus depriving him of match practice and no doubt playing a large part in his decision to withdraw.

"It is completely understandable and we really feel disappointed for him," Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said. "But without any match practice and without sufficient lead up time on the practice court, it makes it virtually impossible for him to get his body ready.

"We just hope he gets better quickly and we see him back on the tour as soon as possible. Tennis fans across the world have been missing him. Our Australian Open staff will very much miss him and his team as he is not only a great player, but also a great guy with good people around him,"explained Tiley who has been in regular contact with the Nadal camp in recent weeks.

"We wish Rafa all the best. I am confident we will see him back on the tour soon and back in Australia for 2014, no doubt as one of the contenders for the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup."
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speaking of rosol, has he qualified through? or is he not going to bother now that dull is out?
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If these early reports are indeed factual, then there is definitely a lot more going on with Nadal than meets the eye here. So he's spent the last few weeks training hard, a mystery stomach virus arises in the days before his supposed comeback and now because of this said virus, he is now consequently withdrawing from the Australian Open? In my opinion there is no way he is pulling out because of that. It's either the knee is still bothering him or he is mentally not ready to compete again. The thought of permanently damaging his knees combined with the lofty expectations of him upon his return to action may be overwhelming him a little....

Hopefully we learn more soon..
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Love how all the dulltards act like Rafa is the only good player in Tennis. Get over it, and support someone else. How many people on here just support one guy?
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Hahaha Federer will be happy, Ferrer in his draw and he will make the final. Lucky bastard.
Fed will get Murray they want Djokovic-Murray final they will set it up book it
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Is it just me or does a stomach virus not seem like like a good enough reason to miss a Grand Slam which is 18 days away. There is definitely something more at play. From what I hear, it seemed that he been back to his full practicing schedule, so knees must be alright. If so, maybe it is mental. He does not want to go out early, maybe have his first first round loss. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he won't come back till the clay season. If these things continue, I will start giving in to the conspiracy theories.
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yeah but then he'll just get steamrolled by djoko/fed/delpo/murray

no doubt he's trying to protect his H2H lead against those players, so he only plays when he's at his best or on a surface that's fully suited to him, some spartan he is
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norovirus

Is this the virus dull has?
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