• Nadal returns to practice courts after 5 months out

    11/20/12 3:47 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Nadal returns to practice courts after 5 months out Rafael Nadal has finally gone back to the practise courts at home in Mallorca, with his PR team tweeting the news as well as posting a picture of the 11-time Grand Slam winner at work with a racquet firmly in his hand.

    The 26-year-old, his ranking now down to fourth behind Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, has not played a match in almost five months due to serious knee injury complications.

    He was last on court on June 28 when he lost in the Wimbledon second round to Czech Lukas Rosol. Since then, the former No. 1 has had to watch on television as the Olympics, US Open, the World Tour Finals, and last weekend's Davis Cup final, which Spain lost 3-2 to the Czech Republic in Prague, all took place without him.

    Doubts persist over exactly when Nadal will get back to competition, with possibilities running the spectrum from the Abu Dhabi post-Christmas exhibition with Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer also playing to possible appearances on the ATP in New Zealand as well as the pre-Australian Open AAMI Classic in Melbourne.

    Nadal, winner of 11 Grand Slams, was diagnosed with a partial tear of the patella tendon and an inflammation of a fat pad in the knee.

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What a welcome sight of Rafa with a rcquet in his hand!

#Rafa Kool-Aid drinker and die-heard armada bandwagon driver.

nadline , 11/20/12 4:24 PM

Wowwwww great news for us Rafans. I have been waiting to hear this. Vamossss Rafa. Please take care of your knees. Your health is important. If you are fit, I am sure you can do wonders in 2013. I just can't wait to see you on court. Vamosssss

gr8nadal , 11/20/12 5:26 PM

looked he was bludgeoning his forehand

RickyDimon , 11/20/12 11:52 PM

Miss u like crazy.... VAMOS!!!

tettylds , 11/21/12 1:32 AM

Can't wait to see him back on court!

ts38 , 11/21/12 3:29 AM

This is a sight for sore eyes! Rafa with a racket in his hand again! Take your time, champ! Come back when you are strong, fit and better than ever!

Nativenewyorker , 11/21/12 7:31 AM

Nativenewyorker , 11/21/12 9:29 AM

Sorry, I forgot to put the link up in my previous post!

Also where it says my translation, that's not me. I copied it from vb. The translation was done by forum member nou.amic.

Nativenewyorker , 11/21/12 9:31 AM

Rafa tweeted this second video of his serving practice. be

Nativenewyorker , 11/21/12 9:49 AM

Vamos Rafa!!!!!

rafaisthebest , 11/21/12 10:04 AM

From what I read of the info on vb, Rafa started training days ago. But nothing was said to the media. So he was able to start his practicing in private.

Nativenewyorker , 11/21/12 9:29 AM

Sshhhhhh, don't speak too loudly............apparently (according to some in the blogosphere) this is further evidence of Rafa's and Uncle T's venality, out-and-out dishonesty, blah, blah, blah. How dare they NOT tell the whole world of EVERYTHING they do?

Of course we know, Nole, Muzza, Fed are always up-front about their training routines..........

rafaisthebest , 11/21/12 10:37 AM

Augustina08 , 11/21/12 11:18 AM

I did wonder how Rafa looked so good in his first practice session. Good for him, not broadcasting it to the world. I'm sure he didn't know how it would go, so he didn't want anyone watching him.

I'm so excited he is back on court, looking like the Rafa we know.

nadline , 11/21/12 1:44 PM

Trouble is, as fans we get so involved with our "heroes" we lose perspective and think we are part of their inner circle, that we should be told everything about them. Silly. We only get fed what is appropriate from the PR perspective.........

rafaisthebest , 11/21/12 3:05 PM

There is nothing hidden here. Why wouldn't he look good in practice? Rafa (or any elite tennis professional) would look good in practise even at 40-50% ability. Looking good in practice is not the same as looking good in competition against the best.

That's how Fed looked so good from 2003-06. The competition for him at that time was not far from glorified practice. All he had was hitting partners at that time (and what a boring time it was) until Rafa came along.

That said, I'm elated to see Rafa back swinging a racquet and agree that it won't be long before he is winning real matches again.


Conspirator , 11/21/12 4:25 PM

I like RITB comment at 3.05 PM... We analyze over & over every statement, picture... It is a great news he is back on court practicing... AO '13 would be interesting

RMadhu , 11/21/12 5:30 PM

serve looks like 2010 US Open



RickyDimon , 11/21/12 6:00 PM

Today, Rafa is cooking.

Augustina08 , 11/21/12 7:11 PM

Such good news!!! Cant wait to see Rafa on court again!! I miss him so!

However, I hope that he is taking things in stride and making sure that he comes back ONLY when he believes he is ready!! What a tennis drought Ive had without Rafa on the tour!!! Glad to know that i can get to drink again soon!!


Monalysa , 11/21/12 9:19 PM

Augustina08, 11/21/12 11:18 AM,

Yes, you are correct about Tomeu. Thank you for those stories!

I am happy that Rafa got in some practice before the media was notified. Good for him!

Also, who said that Rafa looking good in practice had anything to do with how he will play in actual competition? I don't expect Rafa to be match ready for a while yet. But there is no reason why we can't at least celebrate the fact that he is finally practicing on the court again! After all, that's the first step. At least we know that the injury has healed sufficiently for him to begin his comeback.

No Ricky, the serve doesn't look anything like the 2010 US Open! You are really drinking the koolaid! I am just glad that he's serving.

I am going to continue to be happy, excited and over the moon about Rafa practicing! Then I will go out of my mind when he walks out on a court!

rafaisthebest, 11/21/12 10:37 AM,

You are too funny! Yes, it's a conspiracy and an evil plan on the part of Rafa and Uncle Toni! LOL! I am just happy that they managed to pull it off! I can see why Rafa wouldn't want the cameras rolling on his very first day of practice!

Nativenewyorker , 11/22/12 2:47 AM

I am really, really liking! Here is their take on Rafa's return to practice: eturned-to-the-practice-court/

Five thoughts after Rafa Nadal returned to the practice court.
This was a media event as much as it was a training session, as much about sending out the message that he intends to challenge for the Australian Open title as it was about working on his serve and his lasso forehand. So the press were invited along to an indoor hard court to watch Rafa Nadal and his uncle Toni. Nadal also publicised the practice session, sharing some photographs and some videos with his 11 million fans on Facebook ? the first video, 15 seconds long, showed Nadal striking groundstrokes at the baseline, and the second, all 36 seconds of it, saw him working on his serve. ?Today was my first tennis practice after all these weeks. Getting better and hope to continue with the positive trend,? said Nadal, whose last competitive tennis was in June, a second-round defeat to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon.
Despite the optimism ? Nadal is scheduled to play in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi at the end of December ? that doesn?t mean that Hoffa?s Fat Pad will suddenly disappear from the tennis lexicon. Everyone in tennis hopes that Nadal will return to the tour able to compete at his best, but there is always going to be the flickering concern that the problems with his knees will reappear ? indeed, until we see him play a competitive match, it is difficult to assess what sort of shape he is going to be in. From what we could see on the videos, he was striking the ball just fine, but there?s a world of difference between a practice session and trying to beat Novak Djokovic on the Rod Laver Arena. What should we expect from Nadal when he returns to the tour? Even operating at 90 per cent of his former powers, he could still carry on winning French Opens. But he would struggle to win trophies at the other slams, at the hard-court Australian and US Opens and at the grass-court Wimbledon Championships.
The second half of the 2012 season could have turned out quite differently if Rafa Nadal hadn?t been suffering from a partial tear of the patella tendon and inflammation of the Hoffa?s Fat Pad. You wouldn?t have heard of Lukas Rosol. Would Roger Federer have won a seventh Wimbledon title? Would Andy Murray have won a first slam at the US Open? Despite that, the other members of the top three will wish him well, and will want to see him running about the PlexiCushion courts in Melbourne.
Rafa Nadal?s long absences from the tour ? this certainly wasn?t the first time that his knees have caused him such problems ? made you consider how remarkable it is that Roger Federer has hardly missed any tennis during his career. He has taken breaks when he has chosen to, not when his body has screamed at him to stop.
It is worth remembering that Rafa Nadal is not the only one of the top who has to manage a long-term knee problem. Andy Murray, born with a split kneecap, often finds himself in discomfort, particularly when he?s on a clay court.

Sober take, no hyperbole....................definitely no kool-aid taking!

rafaisthebest , 11/22/12 6:15 AM

Of course looking good in practice doesn't mean loking good in matches, but it's great to see Rafa moving those legs on court again with a racquet in his hand. He is taking it slowly, so not too much running yet.

#Rafa Kool-Aid drinker and die-heard armada bandwagon driver

nadline , 11/22/12 6:28 AM

Tournament organizers are desperately seeking Rafa

Tennis blog at the New York Times
November 20, 2012, 1:48 pm

Nadal Prepares for a Return
Rafael Nadal during a practice session on Tuesday.Isaac Buj/European Pressphoto Agency Rafael Nadal during a practice session on Tuesday.

On an indoor hardcourt in Manacor, Majorca Tuesday, several cameramen set up tripods as they waited for one of the more elusive sights in sport in recent months: Rafael Nadal hitting a tennis ball.

With his coach and uncle Toni Nadal watching from only a few feet away and feeding balls, Nadal whipped his ground strokes and serve like the Nadal of old, bouncing off the court on each shot. Nadal wore a white hat and a white T-shirt bearing the stylized bullhorns that Nike has made his personal logo; the light blue hardcourt evoked the Rebound Ace of the Australian Open, which is the next Grand Slam event on the tennis calendar.

Although pictures of him working out in a gym have been posted to his Facebook page in recent weeks, Nadal, 26, had not been seen on a tennis court since June 28. That was the day he was inconceivably and unceremoniously dumped out of Wimbledon in the second round by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol, who upset the 11-time Grand Slam champion in five sets with a laughably fearless display of power.

Nadal then canceled a scheduled exhibition against Novak Djokovic at Madrid?s Bernabeu Stadium, then withdrew from the London Olympics, Montreal, Cincinnati, and eventually the United States Open, consistently citing himself as ?not in condition? to play, and acknowledging his chronic knee issues as the cause.

Nadal would additionally miss Masters 1000 events in Shanghai and Paris, the World Tour Finals in London, as well as the Spanish team?s appearances in the Davis Cup semifinal and final.

Although Nadal?s YouTube account presented Tuesday?s open practice as ?today my first tennis practice after all these weeks,? Spanish tennis writer David J. Nadal (no relation) reported that Nadal had prudently tested out his form away from the public eye days before performing for the cameras.

Whether it was his first on-court session or not, the showcase spectacle serves as evidence that Nadal is on track for what has become a jam-packed early 2013 season.

Nadal begins his 2013 campaign before the year even begins, playing an exhibition in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 28. Nadal?s first match will be against either United States Open champion Andy Murray or Janko Tipsarevic, guaranteeing Nadal a Top-10 foe as his welcome back to competition.

From there Nadal heads to Qatar for his first official tournament, a 250-level event in Doha. Then comes the Australian Open in Melbourne, at which he will be defending points from a run to the finals in 2012.

Nadal will then make a rare appearance in Latin America in February, playing the clay court tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. He follows that with an exhibition in March at Madison Square Garden against Juan Martin del Potro, and then the back-to-back Masters 1000 tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.

Though his dance card is already incredibly full for a player coming back from injury, the prospect of landing Nadal in his comeback has set off a sort of silly season of speculation, with seemingly every tournament on the A.T.P. circuit engaged in a rendition of ?Desperately Seeking Rafa.?

Although Nadal does not historically play the week before Grand Slams, two of his most eager bidders occupy the week in January between Doha and the Australian Open which Nadal has left open.

?He is absolutely on our radar,? said Karl Budge, tournament director of the Heineken Open in Auckland, which is held the week before the Australian Open. ?I would dearly like to see him in Auckland and it?s a case of ?watch this space? at the moment.?

Officials at the Kooyong exhibition in Melbourne, also held the week before the Australian Open, also teased the possibility of Nadal gracing their event with his presence.

?We?re in touch with the top four, and it might surprise you to know that Nadal is a possibility for us,? said promoter Colin Stubs. ?It just depends on when he actually gets back on to the circuit, and that would be something special for us, because he?s never played here.?

With perhaps more eagerness to see him than ever, wherever Nadal winds up in 2013, he has not seen the last of the camera crews.

nadline , 11/22/12 7:04 AM

Dear Rafa, thanks! .UK3A0IUdOzs

nadline , 11/22/12 7:11 AM

^^^just read that. Poor Bodo hates Rafa but Rafa does not hate him back, which frustrates Bodo into writing these pithy satires..............

rafaisthebest , 11/22/12 7:33 AM

great news. also, really foolish.

When Nadal loses again, it is the start of the excuse of an injury again. Or sick excuse. The excuse of surface, etc.

Nadal is the only player by whom these excuses are justified. for himself, fanatic fan, and the foolish partial media. Although all the players have an injury and a sickness slump.

I expect that Nadal does not perform the custom of arrogant gamesmanship again.

The usual fake time-out. bumped into purposely. Players are always kept waiting. A noisy troublesome annoying routine, etc.


tennisnba , 11/22/12 10:56 AM

tennisnba, your tinfoil hat fell off again.


Conspirator , 11/22/12 12:59 PM

Monalysa: Glad to see you are out of mourning at last and feel like talking to everybody again. :-D

ed251137 , 11/22/12 2:23 PM

Great news.

schatz , 11/22/12 5:21 PM

Hopefully he will be back fit to play Australian open

tennis2011 , 11/22/12 6:41 PM

tennisnba = tennis no brain... full of shit because his brain only contains hates for Nadal.... our great hero, the most humble player in ATP...

tennisnba your idol is the most crybaby in the tour....

tettylds , 11/23/12 1:10 AM

All Fed fans have to undergo some minutes under the IQ reducing machine. In case of tennisnba, the machine operator forgot to turn it off for a couple of hours.

holdserve , 11/23/12 4:28 PM

nadline, thank you for the link to Bodo's thanksgiving article

For once I like most of what Bodo wrote there. The character and attitudes he infuses in each of the three amigos is pretty spot on. (Even that of his idol lol).

chlorostoma , 11/23/12 4:47 PM

I have not heard that other active players insulted the past time and past great players.

I have never seen the player who has in the custom of dirty gamesmanship like Nadal.

I have never seen the player an excuse when it loses like Nadal is always justified. Injury. sick. surface..

I have not seen the player who continues a selfish hope like Nadal. Two-year ranking. The increase in clay, and reduction of a hard court. It always complains about a schedule and always plans EX. etc.

Even Nadal insults the Sampras era. Even Nadal makes arrogant diplomacy into a custom. Even if Nadal has an always annoying troublesome routine.

It is like a cult to continue saying that a fanaticism fan and the partial media are humble.Even in the when Nadal's making the remark which looks down on the Sampras era, I looked at it only in the topic of some tennis forum.

amazing. Although I dislike Nadal, it is funny.

tennisnba , 11/24/12 10:05 AM

Guys, I just wonder how much Rafa and his game have got into tennisnba's psyche... lol
He just cannot accept the fact that there is someone who trashes Federer all the time when they play.
Now we understand why he writes only bullshit. I think he spends most of the time in this website abusing him than praising Federer in other websites.... lol

antony , 11/24/12 1:20 PM


tennisnba suffers from Vamos Syndrome, suffers deserve our sympathy, not opprobrium.....

rafaisthebest , 11/24/12 1:57 PM

^^^should read, sufferers deserve our sympathy......

rafaisthebest , 11/24/12 2:00 PM

You are going to teach to me? don't worry

This is a gathering of Nadal's fanatic arrogant fan here. one of the two which is writing the column is also Nadal's fanatic fan.
I know it, I am writing.

I wrote Roger's thing to this thread?

Roger is the 1st place of a favorite player whom a tennis fan chooses. Ten-year continuation.
awards the sportsmanship prize which an ATP player chooses 8 times.
Both are already records.

These facts cannot bear the fanatic Nadal fan here.

arrogant Holdserve was successive the comment which insults Roger Federer as usual.


tennisnba , 11/24/12 2:13 PM

This is a tennis forum and never nadal site.
usual annoying of nadal fans.

tennisnba , 11/24/12 2:37 PM

tennisnba, must be hard finding an RF cap made of tinfoil.


Conspirator , 11/24/12 3:59 PM

i might have missed Toni even more

looked like he did not miss a beat when it comes to feeding balls. good to see. great news.

RickyDimon , 11/24/12 4:28 PM

Old Davidenko is geatest, and Rosol is GOAT?

Wear the Vamosrafa T-shirt. Vamosrafa shoes. The shoes of RG6. It becomes shoes of RG7 next year. Wear the T-shirt of the "history 7"
Like a nadal

tennisnba , 11/24/12 4:45 PM

tennisnba, maybe afranrand can get you a job posting spam. You are very good at it.


Conspirator , 11/24/12 5:25 PM

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