Rafael Nadal reached the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo and during a presser today the King of Clay fired away on several issues. Nadal, who may not be in the best of moods after suffering a shock loss Sunday in Chile, took exception first with the number hard court events on the tour. And he’s calling for a reduction.
“That is a theme among the players and doctors,” Nadal told Reuters. “To make a change like that (reduce the amount of hard court events) it won’t be possible in this generation but I think that the ATP has to work to think of how to lengthen tennis players’ careers.
“Can you imagine football players playing on cement?”
And he then went to attack the ATP’s stepped-up enforcement of time violations, telling Reuters:
“I don’t think the players in the dressing room are happy with the new rule and we’d like it to be modified and that the referee interpret when you can take longer rather than it be something mathematical.
“People want to see long rallies and hard-fought points. Twenty five seconds is not enough.”
Under the new rule, the ATP still asks players to serve within 25 seconds, but now a violation will result a fault instead of a greater penalty like a point. This should make enforcement of the rule easier for umpires who previous were reluctant to call the violation.
Rafa also talked about the state of his left knee. A very important topic for many of us.
“The positive thing it that if a month ago 80 percent of the time my knee hurt, now it is 70 percent of the time and next week or next month it will be 50 percent of the time.
“Each week the number of bad days is less.”
Given Nadal’s timeline and projected calculations, his knee should be OK for the French Open! I think.
In his second tournament back, Nadal will play the Rameriz-Hidalgo/Souza winner in his first match tomorrow. He’ll be in doubles action tonight with partner David Nalbandian.
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