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Thanks, Rafael

After 27 years and 75 titles together, Toni Nadal will no longer be training his nephew Rafa. The most acclaimed coach in tennis history writes about his feelings in EL PAÍS

The Masters Cup of this last week was the icing on the cake of my career as coach for my nephew Rafael Nadal. I am concluding a happy 27-year period that began on the day that my brother Sebastián’s son walked into my tennis court at the tender age of three. Today, it is I who is walking out of his court instead, but my road does not end here. I will preserve my ties to tennis, because my dreams and my love for this sport fortunately remain intact. ... Read more »

Views: 3237 | Added by: tanika | Date: 20.11.2017 | Comments (0)


Paris (AFP): Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal won a defamation case against former French health and sports minister Roselyne Bachelot on Thursday after she accused him of doping on television.

Bachelot was handed a 500-euro fine by a court in Paris and ordered to pay €12 000 in damages and legal fees to the serial Grand Slam winner over the allegation she made to the D8 channel in March 2016. ... Read more »

Views: 2505 | Added by: tanika | Date: 16.11.2017 | Comments (0)


Photo: Alexandre Tabaste

Rafael Nadal: "I play with pain"

Source: Le Monde

Translated by  @bounzifu

Initially, to interview Rafael Nadal resulted relatively simple. The interview was scheduled in two parts during the Paris Bercy tournament. And then the world number one had to pull out from injury just before his quarter-final... and from the second part of the interview. He went back to Spain immediately to consult his doctor. Many would have given up on the interview, but - rare thing enough on the tour to be highlighted - the Spaniard is a man of his word. So never mind, the interview will end in London, eight days later, at the Masters Cup, the last tournament of the season. ... Read more »

Views: 716 | Added by: tanika | Date: 14.11.2017 | Comments (0)


Rafael Nadal announced his withdrawal from the Nitto ATP Finals on Monday night after a 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4 loss to David Goffin in his opening round-robin match.

Q. You were clearly playing through a lot of pain. The main question is, will you be able to play on for this week or not?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I am off. My season is finished. Yeah, I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard. I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play. ... Read more »

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2017 Nitto ATP Finals Rafael Nadal vs. David Goffin  6/7(5) 7/6(4) 4/6 ... Read more »

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A day before he kicks off his Nitto ATP Finals campaign, Rafael Nadal took to the court in a practice session Sunday with fellow Spaniard and tournament alternate Pablo Carreno Busta. Nadal's uncle and coach, Toni, oversaw the last-minute preparations.

"Training has gone very well," Toni said. "We've practised at a very high level for this event. If Rafa's knee holds up, we expect good results." ... Read more »

Views: 107 | Added by: tanika | Date: 13.11.2017 | Comments (0)


Rafael Nadal admits he never thought it would be possible for him to end 2017 as the world number one.

The Spaniard enjoyed a fantastic comeback from injury this season, winning the French and US Open titles as he saw off arch rival Roger Federer to finish the year in top spot, something he guaranteed prior to the ongoing ATP Finals. ... Read more »

Views: 985 | Added by: tanika | Date: 12.11.2017 | Comments (0)


Rafael Nadal is adamant he will be fit to play in the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London after another injury scare.

Rafael Nadal is adamant he will be fit to play in the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London after another injury scare. ... Read more »

Views: 846 | Added by: tanika | Date: 10.11.2017 | Comments (0)