And now for your weekly Rafael Nadal injury update: He’s ok! Hurray! That according to a statement on Nadal’s website: “Rafa Nadal underwent further medical tests today in Barcelona. He is slowly recovering from his injury and will resume practice next Monday July 20th. He will back in action in Montreal where he is defending champion.”
Hopefully this latest Nadal announcement puts to rest what really has turned into circus which began after the French with his revelation that his knees had been troubling him all spring. Then we endured the doctor’s report followed by the Wimbledon exo charade and subsequent withdrawal. Of course during Wimbledon word leaked of his parent’s divorce.
Now, Nadal releases news under the puzzling headline “TODAY: RAFA’S INJURY UPDATE”. Does this mean there will be another update tomorrow? Maybe a weekend update or one after his July 20 practice? Please? Can’t wait!!
Whichever you want to believe the cause of his Soderling loss – his parents, his knee – it’s all been handled rather oddly.
I understand he has a huge media following his every move, his every twitch, but does he really need the dog and pony show?
Yes, Rafa, we remember who you are, we remember you are injured and we remember you are a great tennis player. Just because Roger Federer has won the last two Slams – winning last Sunday in thrilling fashion over Andy Roddick – you and your sleeveless tees, butt-picking routine and the extended time you take between points haven’t been forgotten by your fans. Don’t worry, and get well soon!
Anyway, it has been a wild ride for Rafa this spring/summer. Just two months ago things were in high gear in Camp Nadal. Rafa was piling up titles, Sports Illustrated was writing him in as the soon-to-be GOAT and Federer, who was headed out of the Top 5, was floundering with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.
Now, Federer is back at No. 1 as the undeniable (yes!) GOAT following back-to-back French Open and Wimbledon titles while Nadal hasn’t played a point since his startling loss to Robin Soderling at Paris.
But at least now we have official word that Rafa’s ok to play. That is until his next website announcement: “TONIGHT: RAFA’S POST DINNER BLADDER UPDATE”. Just stay away from the punch, Rafa.
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