So the story of Rafael Nadal and his troublesome knees continue. Nadal said on his website in an interview with TVE today that he “would like” to play in Montreal, but that it still depends on his health of his knees.
Maybe he’s just being overly cautious, but this does set up for another soon-to-come cliffhanger announcement from Nadal on whether he will or will not play Montreal. Look for that in your local listings in about a week or so.
And I know many of you think I’m being mean-spirited toward Rafa, I am not. I want him back on the court just as much as anyone else, I just hope he handles this issue better going forward then he has the past few months.
My guess on it is he’ll play Canada and then he’ll play Cincinnati, too. But that said, from my own experience knee tendinitis comes and goes. It’s a strange one.
In other news, I don’t often say it much but women’s tennis is actually in the forefront this week in Stanford with the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, lighting things up. Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva are also there along with Maria Sharapova who I see hammered Nadia Petrova, 6-1, 6-2. Nadia’s a complete basket case when it comes to Maria!
Maria will now likely meet Venus on Friday.
Down the coast in Los Angeles, it’s all about the guys with the big guns. John Isner and Marat Safin both are into the quarterfinals. Mardy Fish (who plays The Gooch), Robert Kendrick, Sam Querrey are scheduled to play second rounders Thursday.
Top seed Tommy Haas and Jesse Levine are heading out on court right now.
L.A. resident Pete Sampras played Safin in an exo Monday and then chimed in on Roger Federer’s new twins.
“He’s going to be on the road as soon as he can,” Sampras said. “He’s going to be playing, like, 40 weeks a year. … I don’t see Roger changing diapers at 4 o’clock in the morning in New York. What do you think?”
I think Pete’s right!
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