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Rafael Nadal And His Surprising Idea of Coming Back to Clay After Wimbledon...

Tennis - Rafael Nadal may be thinking of playing some clay-court tournaments after Wimbledon if in need of points to qualify for the ATP Finals in London ..

Rafael Nadal was expecting more for the clay season. Not just him, his fans and the tennis community as a whole never would have imagined that the 9-time French Open champion could leave Paris title-less and with just one title collected on clay, in the ATP 250 of Buenos Aires. No Masters 1000 titles, no French Open title, no top four spot in the ATP Rankings. Things clearly look very different for Rafael Nadal compared to the previous years.

This new status will require an ability to adapt and a will to come back even stronger from the 14-time Slam champion. Rafael already talked about how he will get back on the practice courts to work even harder, to come back stronger than before. Murray and Djokovic already have praised the Spaniard, so did the entire tennis community.

The main problem for Nadal, as surprising as it seems, could be that he might need to play more in order to qualify for the ATP Finals of London. After the French Open, Nadal is No.8 in the race to London, with an advantage of over 1000 points over No.9 Milos Raonic. The problem for Rafael is that after Paris, the tennis season will continue exploring territories which aren't quite considered home to the Spaniard. Grass, hard courts, Nadal has won a lot on those surfaces too, but obviously less than how he managed to do on clay.

Because of that, Rafael may surprisingly decided to come back on clay in July, after Wimbledon, to gain more points, as introduced by Rafael himself in Paris.

"I will play on grass in Stuttgart, Queen's and Wimbledon. My goal is to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London. After Wimbledon I will decide my schedule for the summer, which will depend on the results I obtain on grass. I don't exclude a comeback on clay in the summer" said Rafael after losing to Djokovic.

Nadal should allegedly play a total of 22 tournaments this year. That's a dense schedule for someone like the Spaniard, who happened to deal with injuries quite often in the past.

All will depend on Wimbledon and the grass season. Nadal will be ready to give his best, so it is no time yet to count the 2-time Wimbledon champion out.
Source: http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Rafae...ck-to-Clay-After-Wimbledon-articolo24330.html
 

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Lol some vulturing of pts now for a guy who missed at least 2 WTFs from injury. He will be fighting with Ferrer in Hamburg and who knows he might even try a 250 in Umag...
 

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Na dull will just be knocked out in RR stage yet again. I can't wait.
 

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As long as he's physically healthy, why not try to bolster his points and confidence on his favourite surface? Due to his early losses, he will have played less than usual for the time of year.
 

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Smart choice if you ask me. It's obviously dependent on a relatively poor Wimbledon result, though, so we'd need to see what he does there first.
 

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Hopefully he does great at those clay tournaments so he's spent for the USO series.
 

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Umag approves.
 

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Vulturing :facepalm:, Maybe Spanish are taught to vulture from a young age judging his fellow Spaniards.
 

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Well, that would be smart move.

Personally I don't expect anything from him on grass, every win will be like a bonus. Rafa has many problems this year with himself, with his game, etc. All he needs now is find some consistency. And it's natural move to look for it on his best surface.
 

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Says it all about the guys careers really, overt dependence on clay results, now they aren't forthcoming he's scrambling for points :lol:

Such versatility this 'GOAT'
 

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Stlll no top 10 player in GOATport, such a shame.

Wise move from Nadal, he's in very big trouble, and I don't think sudden arroval of hard court will make him play better. He needs to find his confidence and game first, and clay with not so good field is perfect. He played his best tennis this season in IW right after SA clay torunaments, so it could be useful. On the other hand less time for preparation for the fast hard courts, but he wouldn't make there anything significant if he played like this.
 

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Not good news for Thiem I was hoping for a strong clay swing after Wimbledon from him.
 

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Why not?
He could play Umag, Hamburg (500), Gstaad, Kitzbühl.
At this point of his career he could focus more on winning tournaments. Getting confidence back and see what's going on.
 

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Stlll no top 10 player in GOATport, such a shame.

Wise move from Nadal, he's in very big trouble, and I don't think sudden arroval of hard court will make him play better. He needs to find his confidence and game first, and clay with not so good field is perfect. He played his best tennis this season in IW right after SA clay torunaments, so it could be useful. On the other hand less time for preparation for the fast hard courts, but he wouldn't make there anything significant if he played like this.
Not wise move at all, it is desperate move that will just make him even more weak on hard courts at the end of year.

Nadal should forget clay season, it is over for him in 2015. Instead he should train more, rest more, staying healthy should be top priority, form would follow naturally but it should not be forced as he was trying this clay season and utterly failed.
 

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Nadal desperately needs titles and points. He is unable to win either on any decent tournament where other top 10 players participate, so decided go to for Mickey Mouse titles/points. First February South America clay swing, now post Wimbledon clay tournaments.

Does not look good.
 
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