Thursday, 27 October 2011

Rafael Nadal - New Kia Commercial

What do you like?

Courtesy: KiaBUZZ

Rafael Nadal - Stop Being So Humble

Rafael Nadal, I have some unsolicited advice for you. Stop being such a nice guy. Stop being such a humble soul. Stop taking beatings from the likes of Novak Djokovic or -- it feels almost absurd to write the words -- Florian Mayer, and then go all lugubrious on us, bowing your head like a whipped dog to say you just have to go back to the drawing board and work harder.

Rafael Nadal needs to stop being so humble.
This is how you put it after you lost to Mayer a few days ago in Shanghai: "Today is a tough loss, that's the truth. [It] was not my day. I am out of the tournament. I am going to work hard for the next tournament."

The way I see it, Rafa, hard work may not be the thing you need. You've worked your famous butt off for, oh, about 20 years now. What you need is to get the spring back in your step, rekindle the gleam that once was in your eye, and start licking your chops every time they put a new opponent in front of you -- regardless of the guy's name or ranking. That's how it used to be, remember?

I'm not at all sure I like this new "Guantanamera" Rafa, although your humility always was refreshing. But it was also a lot more palatable coming from a guy who was capable of meeting and vanquishing the most successful Grand Slam champ of all time (Roger Federer, remember him and those good old days?) than the one who's been manhandled by Novak Djokovic six consecutive times this year. These days, humble seems to translate to "incredibly bummed out."

Look, you don't have to throw a chair across the press interview room, shake the umpire's high chair, or bloody your forehead with those polyester strings, a la Mikhail Youzhny. But don't be so transparent about how disappointed you are, or about how much you bicker with your coach and uncle, Toni (why did you write a book so early in your career anyway?), and stop believing that if you just work harder you'll find some kind of magic bullet that will enable you to dominate all comers like you did in 2010.

Did it ever occur to you that you're in a rut? That you're fleeing to your "work" (you wouldn't be the only one, and I'm not just talking about tennis pros) and medicating yourself with it?

Maybe what you really need is to take a month off to follow your bliss. Go deep sea fishing. Find a Margaritaville of your own and play foosball to your heart's content, or take your honey Xisca to some quiet beach and go swimming naked at night, or howl at the moon. Maybe do all of the above and -- who knows? -- maybe you'll come back and welcome the opportunity to settle some scores.

Maybe you don't need to find a more penetrating slice backhand, an additional 6 MPH on your second serve, or a higher conversion rate on net approaches. The things you may need to find are your enthusiasm and confidence. It's hard to tell from where I sit, but that seems to be the greatest thing Djokovic has taken away from you this year.

Uncle Toni got a lot of grief for truth-telling not long ago, when he admitted to the press that you were too "nervous" when you had to play Djokovic. You're not going to get un-nervous, or confident, by hitting the gym and practice court. Maybe you need to work less and swagger more. You can be humble again when you're back on top.

Courtesy: ESPN

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Rafael Nadal - Paris Press Accreditation


Remember that I have a press pass for Paris and will be able to attend the press conferences etc. This will give me a chance to get up and close to the players.

If anyone has a question they would like me to put to Rafa please leave it here and I will do my best to get an answer.


Rafael Nadal - Bacardi Champions, Shanghai

Courtesy: Bacardiltdchampions

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Paris Press Pass

Here is the website I am reporting for. 

We have been able to get one of our writers apress pass into the BNP Paribas Paris Masters event next month. Expect to see great coverage from the event including photos, videos and great reports on the matches.

I wish I was the one behind the scenes who couldinterview all the players!

Looking forward to your reports Clare!

p.s. If you are attending a tennis event around the globe and want to get a press pass to exclusively report on the event for TheTennisTimes.. then get in touch.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Very Special Announcement

Fellow tennis fans, I have some fantastic news.

I have received Press Accreditation for the Paris Masters next month :-)

How great is that? I shall be working for The Tennis Times but don't worry, everything I write will be linked here.

This is a great opportunity to get up close to the players and find out what really goes on behind the scenes at a tennis tournament.

I welcome any suggestions for articles.



Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Rafael Nadal - New Armani Video

I wish I was in the lift :)

Rafael Nadal - No Shanghai Trophy This Year

Oh Rafa :(  I really wish you could just finish your season right now.  That you could go home and have a proper break and go find that fighting spirit we all love so much.  Sorry if this sounds harsh but also go get your head checked out & work out how to get back your confidence.  No offense to Flo, he played a blinder from what I saw but really Rafa, this should not be happening.  But happening it is :-(

Match Reports:

Sky Sports

Tennis Connected

Match Photos:  At least Rafa pulled some funny faces today

Rafael Nadal - Blame The Taxman

Rafael Nadal has defended his decision to turn his back on The Queen's Club after signing a two-year deal with a rival tournament in Germany.

The world No. 2 has traditionally used the AEGON Championships as a warm-up event for Wimbledon, but hassigned a two-year deal with the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Nadal has played at Queen's every year since 2005, except when he was forced to withdraw with an injury in 2009, but insists it is not the £750,000 appearance fee from Halle, but British tax laws that have forced his hand.

UK tax laws, which mean foreign sports stars pay taxes on their worldwide endorsements, have seen world record holder Usain Bolt snub London's premier athletics event, and now Nadal has followed suit.

"I like to play in all the tournaments where they really want me," Nadal, who would have to reach the final in London to break even, told The Times. "It is good for tennis. There is a big change in Halle, they have wanted me to be there for the last few years but I really wanted to play in Queen's.

"The truth is, in the UK you have a big regime for tax, it's not about the money for playing. They (HMRC) take from the sponsors, from Babolat, from Nike and from my watches. This is very difficult. I am playing in the UK and losing money. I did a lot more for the last four years, but it is more and more difficult to play in the UK."

Six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer committed to the German event after signing a lifetime deal last year, and with Nadal agreeing a two-year deal with the tournament, the AEGON Championships are facing missing out on two of the biggest names in the sport.


Rafael Nadal - Post Match Press Video

Courtesy: ATPWorldTour

Rafael Nadal - Not Happy With The Balls

There does seem to be a lot of concerns with the Men's Tour right now.

Tennis players risk injury because of the constant change of ball designs at tournaments, according to world number twoRafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal of Spain attends a pre-game news conference at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai October 11, 2011. - 0

Nadal echoed Shanghai Masters defending champion Andy Murray in complaining that commercial pressure from tournament sponsors had resulted in three ball changes over the last three events in Asia.

"You play in Bangkok with one ball, in Tokyo with another ball, here with another ball. That's too much in my opinion. (It) is dangerous and can cause injuries," said the 25-year-old Spaniard after his second-round win in Shanghai.

"Something must change because is too dangerous for the shoulders. You cannot change the ball every week."

Nadal said he would prefer to receive less prize money in return for less pressure from sponsors to use different balls.

"I am very happy to win less money and have my health," he said.

"If we compare the Tokyo ball with this one (in Shanghai), it was much bigger, slower. The ball is completely different. This ball is very fast, it goes small and doesn't stay on the racquet. It flies a lot and is tough," said Nadal after beating compatriot Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round.

"It is not necessary to have a standard ball for the whole season," said the Spaniard.

"For example, when you start the clay-court season, you have the same ball for that period; when you have the American hard court season, you have the same ball. So that's positive.

"But what cannot happen is to have one ball in Rome, one ball in Madrid, one ball in Barcelona... That doesn't work."

Murray, on Tuesday, also called for more consistency in the balls, saying: "If you asked a golfer to change balls every single week, they'd be hitting balls 20 yards too far and hitting shots all over the place."

Nadal said other players were equally unhappy.

"A lot of players believe this. That's something that, in my opinion, can change," he said.

Courtesy: Yahoo

Rafael Nadal - No Team Changes

Rafael Nadal has shot down reports that he might be planning a change of coach after more than a decade and a half with his uncle Toni Nadal, saying that Team Rafa remains a solid unit despite a recent lack of top-level results.

Nadal is making a fresh start at this week's Shanghai Masters, where he is the top seed ahead of on-fire Scot Andy Murray, winner of Bangkok and Tokyo titles in recent weeks.

"I believe 100 percent in my team," said Nadal, beaten by Murray last weekend in the Tokyo final. "I always think when I am losing, is my fault, not the fault of my team.

"I'm not going to be stupid and think that if I have to improve something (it means) different people (must come to the team). I have to improve with the people who know exactly my game and know exactly what I have to do to keep improving. I don't need any change, especially because I feel comfortable and I feel happy with my team."

Toni Nadal is avoiding the Asian swing as usual to spend time with his family but will return to the fold in Europe, said Nadal, coached by his regular fill-in, Spaniard Francisco Roig.

Nadal confessed that as a boss, he's a soft touch anyway. "The only chance to change something will be because someone of my team wants to go. I'm not gonna fire anyone, no."
Courtesy: TennisTalk

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Rafael Nadal - Safely Into The Next Round

I only managed to catch the first 3 games whilst on my lunchbreak but looking at the scoreline/headlines it was not too tough for Rafa today.

Match Report:

Rafael Nadal bounced back from his mauling by Andy Murray in Japan on Sunday by opening up his Shanghai Masters campaign with a convincing 6-3 6-2 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The world No. 2 bumped into an inspired Murray in Tokyo, succumbing 6-0 in the final set, and said on Tuesday his form has dipped from the highs of 2010. But he also spoke of his determination to work hard in the final weeks of the season before an assault on the majors in 2012.

And if his performance against Garcia-Lopez is a guide, he would appear to be true to his word as he came out at a rate of knots and never took his foot off the accelerator.

The quick indoor surfaces are not to Nadal's liking and he was beaten by Garcia-Lopez in Bangkok last year, but he came out with intent and a whipped inside-out forehand for a clean winner in the first game suggested he was on form.

Garcia-Lopez saved break points in a 10-minute opening service game, but Nadal continued to probe from the back of the court and worked a break in the fourth game. The one break of serve was enough to take the opening set, as Nadal was rock solid on his own serve.

Nadal, who dropped just five points on serve in the first set, continued the assault at the start of the second and worked an early break, only to throw in a rare poor game as Garcia-Lopez broke back.

But he could not consolidate the break and Nadal quickly penetrated once more, crushing the spirit of his opponent. A string of errors flew off the Garcia-Lopez racket to hand Nadal a third break of serve in the set, allowing him to book a meeting with Florian Mayer in the third round.


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Rafael Nadal - No To Queens In 2012 *UPDATED*

Yes, it is true

The king of clay Rafael Nadal has been withdrawn from the Wimbledon warm-up at Queen's Club tournament on next year in London, an ATP World Tour 250 series tournament on the ATP Tour.

Nadal said he will play in the Gerry Weber Open at Halle in Germany, where he is going to miss at next year's AEGON Championships at Queen's Club in London, warm-up tournament before heading into the Wimbledon. Spaniard, who has won 2008 Queen's Club tournament, as he overcome against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the final in two sets with a 7–6(8–6) and 7–5. Nadal has received £750,000 to play in the Gerry Weber Open at Halle.

The 25-year-old Nadal said it's very tough to play in the AEGON Championships, which will begin straight away after the French Open. The defending champion Andy Murray, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and American Andy Roddick were expected to play in the tournament and hopes World No. 1 Novak Djokovic also appear in the event next year.

The Queen's Club tournament director Chris Kermode, it will be disappointing news for the London tennis fans and hopes to return back Nadal soon. The World No. 3 ranked Roger Federer also skipped from the Queen's Club, where he has last appeared at the tournament in 1999, when he lost in the opening round. Currently, Nadal has been playing 2011 Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament, where he will battle against fellow Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the second round on Wednesday.

Courtesy: LiveTennisGuide

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Rafael Nadal - Barcardi Champions Event in Shanghai

Here are the photos from Rafa's latest event promoting the Drink Awareness campaign on behalf of Bacardi.

Rafael Nadal - Wrong Bus

Gotta love Rafa :-)

Courtesy: ksyuzi

Rafael Nadal - Love For Japanese Food

"Rafael Nadal"King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, who is in the Asian tour, enjoys his diet with the Japanese food.  Nadal used to carry Noodles packet for a quick energy hit at the 2011 Tokyo Open last week.

Nadal while speaking with the various sources has stated that, he and his team are regulars at the Oriental table no matter where they are in the world. "Maybe 30 percent of nights when we go for dinner around the world we eat Japanese food."

He further added that, "It's not just noodles. I've had teppanyaki (grilled dishes). I've been to the fish market. Whatever country in the world we play in we always look for Japanese food."

Nadal will be in action this week at the Shanghai Masters, china he will be the top seeded player of the tournament, due to absence of world No.1, Novak Djokovic.

Nadal will be facing his opening round on Tuesday against his fellow country men and Davis cup team-mate, Guillermo Garcia Lopez in the second round of the master's tournament.


Rafael Nadal - Shanghai Interview

Courtesy: ATPWorldTour

Rafael Nadal - No Double Delight

Out at the first hurdle to Kas & Peya 6-4 4-6 8-10.  At least Rafa can now practice on the important stuff like winning a Singles trophy.