magazine scans 10/24/2012Rafaholics ™
Check out the latest Issue of TENNIS magazine November-December Issue 2012. They feature the top 3 tennis ranked players. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, & Rafa Nadal. Each piece is written from 3 different sports journalist. Pete Bodo for Federer, (of course) Steve Tignor for DJokovic, & Tom Perrotta for Rafa Nadal. What do you think about the Trivalry Issue?
I also enclosed & downloaded the entire magazine at the end of the post. Happy reading!
The entire magazine:
El Hormiguero offcourt-photos 10/13/2012Rafaholics ™
Check out videos of Rafa Nadal on the Spanish TV show El Hormiguero. The entire videos are in Spanish..
Update: The entire video here: uploaded by javiermalaviaalonso
videos via antena3.com
Written by: Staff on 10th October 2012
BNP PARIBAS SHOWDOWN
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
VICTORIA AZARENKA VS. SERENA WILLIAMS
RAFAEL NADAL VS. JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
TICKETS START AT $50.00 AND ARE CURRENTLY ON SALE
Nadal: I want to tell everybody thank you very much for inviting me to play in this great event. Roger told me it was a great event and I’m looking forward to being there especially not having the chance to play in New York at the US Open … I am excited to be there.
Q: You missed the U.S. Open. How do you feel about coming back into New York with the atmosphere that we have here with the exhibition match?
Nadal: As I said before, I’m very excited it’s something different it’s something special to play, it’s very special. All the exhibitions in every place are important to me … Playing at Madison Square Garden will be something very, very special, especially after not being in New York this year. That’s something bad for me that I didn’t play in the U.S. Open. It’s something that I felt really, really bad about when I had to take this position, but having the invitation to play in this fantastic event next year will be great. I’m very excited. As I said before, playing at Madison Square Garden is something that I’m very excited to do it. This is a special opportunity and I want to enjoy it.
Q: How do your preparations for an exhibition differ from when you’re preparing for a tournament like a grand slam?
Nadal: Well, it’s difficult to compare. When I play in exhibition, I want to go out, I want to play my best, I want to have fun, to create a very good show for the spectators and for MSG…All the things that I can provide…I try my best in every moment.
Q: Can you please tell us how you are feeling, and what is the status and state of your knee’s rehab?
Nadal: I’m working hard every day to recover as quick as possible…I am …feeling a little bit better now than the first couple of months. I’ve been very, very tough for me…because I feel that my knee didn’t move in the right way, right direction. But today is something different now. I feel the last couple of weeks I can feel the improvement in my knee…It feels very different now. The groove on my knee is something that I really can feel and it’s something that helped a lot of me to keep working hard, to keep doing everyday what I have to do. Today, at the moment, I am working to try to come back to practice in the tennis court for not very long periods of time.
Q: Do you have thoughts on the debate about prize money, and do you expect the players to be united as this moves forward next of course with the French Open?
Nadal: Well, the last couple of months I have been out of the competition, so I really have no idea about all of these discussions about the rights of the players…Today they have more information than me…In anything, the prize money, anything that can improve hours for the players…
Q: Do you think the players deserve more of the money from the grand slams?
Nadal: You know the thing is not what I think. What I think is nothing because I’m one player that… what is best for the Grand Slams, what is best for the players …It has nothing to do…we have a great and powerful ATP…I think they are doing the job for us…they are working hard to create a better tour…Improve the relationship with the Grand Slams…It would work with the support of the players. I really have no right to say it’s…it’s not fair, who’s upset, how much they have to put…I can say that they’re happy about our sport and they continue moving in a very good direction. I am happy to be part of this sport …Things that can improve? Always things can improve…
Q: Were there some deeper concerns that you weren’t going to be able to come back from this as well as you could in the past?
Nadal: That’s not an issue today. I never thought about that and the doctors never thought about that…I never really tired nobody so that’s something good for me…right direction…The only thing we tried to make conservative treatment…nothing serious…it feels that is working well…that’s what we tried and it seems like it’s working well…
Q: How soon do you expect to return to competitive tennis?
Nadal: I wouldn’t know. That’s something I will know when my knee is completely without pain. When I start to practice and I am … at long periods of time outside of the tennis court without competitions. I can imagine that when I come back on the tennis court, I will make period of time at practice to start slow and to improve and do more and more everyday … It could take 3 weeks, it could take one month and a half, I don’t know. Today what I think is continue with the treatment, continue with the…and when I don’t feel nothing, I’m hoping that will happen soon, I will come back on the tennis court…I will have a period of time to…and ready to compete.
Q: You’re seven and three against Del Potro, I know it’s an exhibition, but does the competitive nature in you really wants to win this or is just more for the fans?
Nadal: Well, whenever you are in an exhibition you want to do the right show for the fans. You want the fans to have the best time possible watching the match, but sure I want to win … I think everyone will try their best. At the end of the day to play an exhibition match you want to have the best show for the fans … I will do my best possible to have the fans enjoy the match.
Q: Did you watch any of the U.S. Open at all, and how hard was it not to be there considering it’s the first one you’ve missed since you played your first one back in 2003?
Nadal: I watched a few matches. Sure, it was tough to take a position like them playing in one of the most important tournaments of the year to know I played in the finals the last three years it’s something bad … It’s hard…I had success the first part of the season … I have to work hard every day to be back as soon as possible on the tennis court and back to competition …
Q: Novak said after Andy Murray won the US Open that tennis would be more interesting in 2013 because now you have four guys who won majors. Do you agree with that and how much more interesting can it get with all four of you having won a major?
Nadal: I really don’t see a big difference. Even if Andy doesn’t win a Grand Slam before this US Open Andy was ready to win a Grand Slam … The level was no difference. Now that he won a Grand Slam that is not going to change my thoughts…when I go on a tennis court with Andy Murray … hopefully I will have the feeling that I can win. Even he doesn’t win the Grand Slam I think he is a fantastic player and his chances to win Grand Slams … are always high. He is a fantastic tennis player.
Q: To clarify – you’re not hitting on a tennis court but you hope to hit soon? And do you expect to play in London or Davis Cup or is that now impossible?
Nadal: Impossible? No. Difficult? Yes. Let’s go day-by-day. After missing the Olympics and after missing the US Open I don’t want to make goals to play a tournament. I want to go day-by-day in the gym and in the swimming pool … to continue with my recovery. I’m trying not to think that far and take it day-by-day … after not going to the Olympics and after not going to the US Open that was two important goals for me … I wish today the situation was different, but I’m going to go day-by-day …
Q: You’ve had a long time now since you’ve been resting your knee to think about this. Is there any chance because your knees have been a problem for quite some time that you will make a serious adjustment or change in your schedule for when you come back?
Nadal: My feeling is that the hard court is probably the most … frustrating to play for my knee and for my ankles. Today the hard court is probably one of the most important surfaces on the tennis tour. I really do not have too many chances to change my schedule. If I want to keep having chances to be in the top position in the rankings I really have to follow the ATP Tour schedule. I can make a few adjustments, but not much …
Q: Have you spoken to other athletes who have had the same injury and talk to them about how they felt after they came back or the time table?
Nadal: I have the right people I think and they are really confident about my recovery. There is no information on the different athletes … my recovery has been very satisfactory …
Q: Spain has drawn Canada in February on the vote. Does Canada have any chance at all against the powerful Spain under those circumstances?
Nadal: I’m sure. Yes, Spain has a great team….it’s going to be a difficult confrontation for the Spain team …
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interview 10/01/2012Rafaholics ™
INTERVIEW | About the exhibition 'Wild Wonders of Europe'
Rafa Nadal ... naturally
Alfredo Merino | Madrid
Updated Saturday 9/29/2012
The No. 3 player in the ATP world, came this week in Madrid's Retiro Park to the opening of the photographic exhibition 'Wild Wonders of Europe'. He did it as goodwill ambassador of United Postcode Lotteries, sponsor of the sample and Nadal Foundation. ElMUNDO.es spoke with him.
What does nature has to do with tennis?
Hummmm ... I think very little.
Well, competition between adversaries, physical effort, strategy to capture the trophy, triumph of the fittest, clay ...
No, they have nothing in common. I really think that tennis is very different from nature.
In any case, it seems that you like nature.
Very Much, I have always been close to it and as soon as I have a free moment I get lost at the sea.
It seems an interesting project that proposes Rewilding Nature, letting natural environment go wild again by itself...
It's great. It seems incredible that no one has come up with the idea before.
To allow nature to evolve itself seems impossible in many places.
Yes, it's true that reclaiming of some areas would require investment of a lot of money. And nobody wants to do that.
Could you point out some specific places?
Well, sure ... those sites that have been developed wildly.
In Mallorca there are some of those places you are referring to, like Magalluf, for example.
Yikes, that was horrible. But I don't mean there should be no construction. For me it's necessary to build well. What I believe is that construction should always be done while respecting natural environment, without destroying it, or raising offensive buildings.
You are talking about traditional architecture.
Yes, I believe it's something nowadays that is almost forgotten.
It's true that in your native Mallorca there are sites where environment has not been respected, but it also retains exceptional places such as Sierra de Tramuntana.
Of course, you couldn't believe the sites that have been well preserved as Tramuntana or Cabrera. That is really a wonder. A lot of fish there. (And while he answers, he takes his time admiring an underwater picture showing a shoal of the nearly extinct red fin tuna. "How nice!" he exclaims).
The images in this exhibition are very beautiful.
That's true. It seems impossible they can take such lovely pictures. Nature is very beautiful, but these pictures enhance it even further.
Which one do you prefer?
All. All look great. (And he stops in front of another photo, this one showing two massive musk-deer fighting amidst arctic blizzard. "This one looks fantastic, how good it is!" he says aloud).
If you agree, let's change the subject. Not to ask you about your return to competition would be unforgivable. When do you think you'll return to the courts?
I've said it before. I will be back when my knee is fully recovered. This is the only priority.
It seems to be going well.
It's going very well. But it still needs time. I am currently working on rehabilitation and will soon begin practicing again. It's still early to know when I will return.
Have you been afraid of a possible retirement?
No. I was very sorry not to play at the Olympic Games, this has been the worst, since they are only held every four years and who knows what will happen by then. I was also sad to miss the US Open and the Davis Cup, but I have never had doubts that I will play again.
If you are recovered by the time of the Davis Cup final, will you play it, even though it could mean that next year you would lose the #3 ATP ranking?
It's something that doesn't worry me. But I don't think I will be recovered. And if I am, I don't think I will be in better shape than my other colleagues, who have been more in form than me and who have defended Spain superbly in the previous rounds. To think otherwise would be lack of respect for them and for the country we all represent. Ultimately the captain will decide. But all that is speculation, the only thing that matters to me now is to recover perfectly, no matter how long it takes.