• Doha banking on Rafa re-appearance

    11/24/12 2:51 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Doha banking on Rafa re-appearance Doha tournament director Karim Alami says Rafael Nadal is on the way to the Gulf to start his ATP season on the last day of the year.

    The former ATP player told the region's The Peninsula newspaper: "Nadal is returning to competitive tennis since his knee injury at Wimbledon so everyone is looking forward to seeing what he brings."

    The 26-year-old No. 4 Spaniard will not have played for six months due to his lingering knee injuries by the time he gets to Doha, which begins the 2013 ATP season.

    Nadal is now also due to start at the rich Abu Dhabi exhibition starting December 27-29 to pick up some petty cash after his long absence from the courts.

    World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and US Open champion Andy Murray are due to play Abu Dhabi, with Roger Federer skipping the Middle East event in the run-up to the January 14 start of the Australian Open.

    Nadal last played in a second-round Wimbledon loss in late June. He began training last week, with a brief session in front of television cameras at an indoor court on his home island of Mallorca and pronounced himself on the road to full recovery.

    Nadal, down to fourth in the world, would be the top seed in Doha--which begins December 31--in a field which also includes fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet.

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Everyone wants a piece of Rafa.

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

nadline , 11/24/12 4:16 PM

The tournament in Doha is an event of the Qatar Tennis Federation. Rafa has good relationships with Nasser Ghanim Al Khelaifi, the President of the Qatar Tennis Federation.
Al Khelaifi is also the president of Paris Saint Germain (PSG) football club in France. A month ago, Al Khelaifi invited Rafa to a football match of the PSG. Rafa kicked off the match and he was gifted a jersey of the team.

Rafa & Nasser Ghanim Al Khelaifi's interview for beIN sport (a global network of sports channels):

I hope, his recovery continues to go as planned and he'll get enough match practice before the AO.
Vamos Rafa!

Augustina08 , 11/24/12 5:50 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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