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Nadal misses training on China Open debut

2005-09-10 02:45:04 XinhuaEnglish


BEIJING, Sept. 10(Xinhuanet)-- Top seed Rafael Nadal skipped his first training course on Saturday after the 19-year-old tennis upstart from Spain arrived here early in the morning for his China Open debut.

No detail was released by the organizing committee as they announced the cancellation half an hour from the scheduled starting time.

It was said that the world number two failed to find his baggage after arriving at the Beijing Capital airport at local time 8 o'clock Saturday morning, but it was not confirmed by official sources.

Nadal, who has won nine titles this season, will not kick off his China Open compaign untill Monday in the men's singles main draw, where he firstly faces the 157th-ranked Wang Yeu-Tzuoo from Chinese Taipei before meeting fifth seed Dominik Hrbaty from Slovakia in the quarter-finals.

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Nadal to launch China Open debut against Asian player

2005-09-10 05:52:20 XinhuaEnglish


BEIJING, Sept. 10(Xinhuanet)-- World number two Rafael Nadal will test his status against Chinese Taipei's Wang Yeu-Tzuoo when the China Open ATP tournament main draw starts on hardcourt at the Beijing Tennis Center on Monday.

Former world number one Carlos Moya, however, was handed a nightmare draw, as the eighth-seeded Spaniard takes top Asian netman Paradorn Srichaphan, ranked 42 currently in the world, in the very first round matchups.

Sweden's Thomas Johansson, named the fourth seed here, will also be given difficult time in the same quarter, as Germany's Rainer Schuettler and Jarkko Nieminen from Finland both eye covetously on a qualification to the last eight.

The top seed Nadal, who suffered an early exit at the ongoing U.S. Open after shockly beaten by American James Blake in the third round, opens up proceedings on the Central Court.

Argentina's The Magician Guillermo Coria, seeded second here and ranked eighth in the world, will take a lucky loser from the qualification round and poses at the down quarter of the main draw as one of the biggest threats to favorite Nadal, who has been known as the new"King of Clay" after being crowned at this year's French Open.

Third seed David Nalbandian, new generation to Argentine tennis whose giant-killing run had brought down local favorite Lleyton Hewitt at the quarter-finals of last January's Australian Open, has to pass Dane Kristian Pless' challenge before booking a possible quarter-final showdown with sixth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero from Spain.

Ferrero will meet in the first round Lee Hyung-Taik, the top tennis player of South Korea, while the seventh seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia takes a quarlifier in his opener.

China's Wang Jr. Yu and Sun Peng, entering the men's singles main draw after being handed wildcards, will respectively post their challenges on fifth seed Hrbaty and a lucky loser from the qualification round.

The annually tourney, which initiated a year ago, has been slated from September 10 to 25 with a totally 500,000 US dollars prize money for the ATP tournament.
 

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From: http://www.tennis.com.cn 
2005-9-10 18:34:44

Nadal Lost His Piratas But Found His Racquet






Rafael Nadal, the tournament's top seed, began training at the Beijing Tennis Centre with his fellow Spaniard, Carlos Moya this afternoon.

It is known to all that Carlos Moya is Nadal's idol. Nadal had luggage problems and lost his racquets and clothings!! Only his racquets were found. Due to that, Nadal and Moya were late for an hour for their training. In today's practice, their presence attracted a lot of fans and journalists that even the tournament's director turned up to 'supervise' the court.

The twosome completed their training after ah hour plus. Moya had participated in last year's Beijing Open while this is Nadal's Beijing Open's debut and it looks like this French Open winner is adjusting quite well and is in great form. All can't wait for his opening match against the 157th-ranked Wang Yeu-Tzuoo from Chinese Taipei.
 

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Rafa & Moya During Their Practice Session on 10.9.2005:-























 

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I musst say I'm happy the short pants is back again! :)
 

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From sports.sohu.com

Nadal Moya Marathon Match On Centre Court
10.9.2005


Barely 9 hours after stepping on Beijing, Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal began their first training session. Due to the long flight and possible jet-lag, it was presumed that Moya and Nadal will be just doing easy warm-ups, however, both of them surprisingly had a long practice session which lasted till late evening and the lights had to be turned on and Nadal and Moya became the first 2 players in this tournament to have night training session.

Although it was just a normal training session, a lot of tennis fans had gathered early to catch them in action even though the training session was postponed from 3.30pm to 5.05pm. Before that, Ferrero, a good friend of Moya and last year's practice partner, was at court number 8 with Mikhail Youzhny. Nadal appeared in a striking orange shirt while Moya chose a black-white ensemble. Both of them had innovative warming-up ideas, Nadal brought a chest developer which was tied to the umpire's chair while Moya
did his warm up carefully which showed how important warming up is to him.

After adjusting to the court and a few casual rallies, both began their practice sessions and they did go easy on each other. Nadal hit every ball as if he was in a match, however during their breaks, both good friends shared the same resting station. Both their coaches are also very familiar with each other whom kept joking around which sent Nadal into fits of laughter. After half an hour, Nadal had the upper hand, however Moya's in a good form. This is Moya's 2nd Beijing Open and the 29 year old Spaniard does not intend to make this a short trip again. As the sun began to set, Moya and Nadal began warming up after a long break. They each took their turns practising their serves before starting another match. Moya was more aggressive this time and the training session ended with his victory.

It was 6.30pm when Moya and Nadal finished their first China Open training session and it was as if they were sending a message to all that a Spaniard's name will be engraved on the China Open 2005 trophy.
 

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casillas_girl said:
I musst say I'm happy the short pants is back again! :)
I'm happy the orange shirt's back!!!!
 

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Yep!!!!!!! I miss the short pants so much!!!! if the sleeveless shirts can be changed,it would be perfect... :devil:
My god.. He's so near me,but I can't watch him playing :sad: :sad: mmmm I just want to die :sad: :sad:
 

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Yup... Too bad Safin won't be there...
 

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This pic's cute!!

 

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OMG!!!! Sooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuute :inlove: Thank you so much!!!!
 

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gogo_guga, go to your happy place...... anything's better than the Miami 2004 headbands. Oh good lord, those were ugly.

I like the plain ones better though.
 
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