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Nadal withdrawal angers Vienna officials

By Barry Wood

FILDERSTADT, Germany, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Top seed and world number two Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's ATP event in Vienna after injuring his knee in practice.

There had been media speculation the young Spaniard would not appear but his management confirmed on Friday morning that he would be playing. They then announced his withdrawal in the afternoon.

"This is the biggest affront in the history of this tournament," said furious tournament director Peter Feigl.

The remaining seeds in the event after Argentine Guillermo Coria also withdrew are David Nalbandian, Gaston Gaudio, Radek Stepanek, Ivan Ljubicic, Tommy Robredo, Fernando Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
 

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onewoman74 said:
"This is the biggest affront in the history of this tournament," said furious tournament director Peter Feigl.
:eek:

That's one angry Wiener.
 
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IvanLjubicic said:
Where did you hear that? Im pretty sure he is.
According to him Admin on his Offical site: Metz. Madrid. Lyon. Paris. but they might of changed it.
 

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onewoman74 said:
The remaining seeds in the event after Argentine Guillermo Coria also withdrew are David Nalbandian, Gaston Gaudio, Radek Stepanek, Ivan Ljubicic, Tommy Robredo, Fernando Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
omg look at seed lists :lol:

this event used to one of the BEST a few years ago, plenty of top 20 used to be unseeded.

it was up against Tokyo outdoor
now its got Moscow and Stockholm at same time.
 

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I'm pretty sure he's really really exhausted but i do not think he's injured. :confused: but i guess he deserves a rest. he played a LOT of tournaments this year. Pity for the Vienna officials
 

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But you cannot also blame the vienna official for not being frustrated because the Nadal camp already confirmed that Nadal will participate on Friday morning then pulled out at the afternoon... he was expected to be the main attraction of the tournament
 

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Judio said:
Nadal and Coria went all the way to China between US Open and Davis Cup, presumably for appearance money
Coria chose to play China in large part because he had committed in 2005, but had to back out due to the shoulder surgery. He also had personal reasons - he said many times this year that he was looking forward to touring China with his wife, which they did. Not sure, but heard his wife might have been sitting with her father in the stands - if so, they might have planned a family trip around it, which would make it even harder to skip.

It's easy to say a player chooses a tournament for the appearance money, but top players aren't necessarily needy in that way, often earning far more money in their company contracts than from tournaments. Appearance fees exist, and might make a difference sometimes, but they aren't always the determining factor.

As for playing so close to Davis Cup, in retrospect it wasn't a great idea, but Nalbandian and Hrbaty were on the Entry list too - except that Hrbaty mysteriously witdrew with an "injury" just before Davis Cup. Didn't see any sign of that injury during DC, so I guess the rest helped. Can't help wondering if that was a tactic to lure the Argentines to China thinking that court surface was a good preparation for DC - no proof of that, just something that I thought would be a clever tactic.
 

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ATennisFan said:
Coria chose to play China in large part because he had committed in 2005, but had to back out due to the shoulder surgery. He also had personal reasons - he said many times this year that he was looking forward to touring China with his wife, which they did. Not sure, but heard his wife might have been sitting with her father in the stands - if so, they might have planned a family trip around it, which would make it even harder to skip.
:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

Coria , Nadal, Nalbandian, Ferrero , Johansson , Youzhny etc , all those players had to play the next week a DC tie on a different surface and besides in Europe ( except for Johansson ), but all of them went to China only searching the appearance money $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

Nobody can believe Coria's silly excuses..

The 90% of ATP players are just mercenaries and it's funny when they tell the joke about Davis cup and to represent their nation are the most important things :haha:
 

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JerrySeinfeld said:
Ljubicic is not playing.
ivan is playing. the tournament that isn't listed on his website is metz
 

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peteslamz said:
I'm pretty sure he's really really exhausted but i do not think he's injured. :confused: but i guess he deserves a rest. he played a LOT of tournaments this year. Pity for the Vienna officials

i totally agree with u on this one. Like i sadi on vamosrafa he shouldn't hav left it so late but has has played a lot this season and the seaon has not even ended. though rafa did state he really wanted to go so the injury must hav come about in his sleep. i thought it unfair for the tournement director to say wat he said it was unfair and unkind for him to heep on all the on one player. Its also a bit disrespectful for the other players who will entertain the people going next week. Plus rafa has qualifed for end season champs his really only playing for fun to b honest. The point system are unlikely to make roddick the number 2 by the end of the year so hey rest while u can.

Rafa is getting himself ready for madrid which is in his home country indoor hard which is something he is not really comfortable on.
 

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all what I can say is to be sorry or Vienna's people... I love that city, along with Paris it's my favourite capital city of Europe :yeah:
 

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if he is injured he cant play-what do the y want him to do.
 

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jzpyt06 said:
i thought it unfair for the tournement director to say wat he said it was unfair and unkind for him to heep on all the on one player. Its also a bit disrespectful for the other players who will entertain the people going next week.
Yes, the tournament of Vienna has been overhyping Nadal's coming for weeks now (although everybody knew he would probably withdraw from a few indoors events because his schedule was too heavy), it was incredible. Of course now it's a disaster for them, but it's their own fault, they were so exclusively focussed on him, it was ridiculous, really.

Galaxystorm said:
Nobody can believe Coria's silly excuses..
In fact, I'm not sure Coria himself said this and made those excuses. I haven't read anything like this.
It's pretty obvious they all played in China because of the guarantees.
 

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You know what I find funny, that "if you play, we'll kiss your feet and tell all week how amazing and wonderful you are, but if you withdraw, you are a disgusting piece of garbage" attitude by some tournament directors.

The only thing it does is hurting the tournament (who wants to play a tournament where the tournament director is rude?) , I doubt Nadal will lose sleep over the fact that the tournament director is pissed at him.
 

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Every tournament wants Nadal now and if he is supposed to play and withdraws, the tourney director will go crazy... whatever. Rafa can't play ALL the tourneys he originally signed up for. This will continue to happen as long as there is such a heavy schedule and top guys like Rafa, who are THE draw, continue to go deep and win. Nothing one can do.
 
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