The Season Hasn’t Started And Already Rafael Nadal Is Admitting His Knee Is Not 100%!
by Tom Gainey | December 29th, 2013, 12:14 pm
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Following a consolation win yesterday over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Abu Dhabi exhibition, Rafael Nadal admitted that his oft-injured left knee is not 100% healthy. At least not right now but the World No. 1 hopes to be in perfect shape by Melbourne.

“I had treatment on the knee to keep it improving,” Nadal told the National. “When I started two weeks ago it was very slow and the first week I was playing without movement. Last week I started to move myself. I’m not 100 per cent but it’s great I came here, playing my first set in one month.

“The period between seasons is not big. So during Abu Dhabi and Doha, I will continue practices and doing my warm-ups for the match more than what I would usually do. The period of practice in Mallorca was not enough so I need to keep preparing myself in these two events. I feel like I need to work on that extra thing to be 100 per cent ready in a few weeks.”

Nadal’s off season rest was shortened by a trip last month to South America where he reportedly picked up $10 million in exhibition appearance fees. Nadal then returned this past week for Abu Dhabi. He’ll now play in Doha next week before the Australian Open in two weeks.


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57 Comments for The Season Hasn’t Started And Already Rafael Nadal Is Admitting His Knee Is Not 100%!

Giles Says:

Vamos Champ!!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Best of luck for the new season Rafa,please take care of those knees and temper your shedual accordingly,listen to your body,and rest when you need to,that way im sure you will be fine.


holdserve Says:

I don’t think any of the top players actually rest during off season. They train and practice hard. So an exhibition tour can hardly be considered cutting the rest short.
But I guess that $10 million is enough to make the haters come out with such snide remarks. Were there such comments when Fed was gathering the moolah on his south American trip last year?


Brando Says:

Jeez man: TX can you not seek such cheap headlines? Can you not twist, sensationalise what Rafa is saying here? The guys simply saying: 1- he’s recently had some more treatment on his knee to keep it improving. Something normal give. His situation. 2- that it takes a bit of time for him to get a good position regarding it post treatment. Something normal. You can never have treatment and boom feel in great shape immediately. 3- Given his off season he’ll need a bit more time to get to competition level. Guess what? News flash: Novak Djokovic has said something similar recently to. So please do not pursue these false, cheap, sensationalist posts when all they do is paint a false picture in comparison to the reality of the matter just to generate easy hits for the site.


Anna Says:

The season hasn’t even started and already Tom Gainey is putting out childish attention grabbing headlines about Rafa. What else is new? This crap sure is getting old though. I wonder if he gets a few extra bucks for every snide remark geared toward Rafa, or if it’s just to pacify Skeezer and his minions.


didi Says:

I think Nadals whining is getting old… constantly talking about this problems, the season too short, the surfaces…


skeezer Says:

@Anna

Pacified! I think Rafa has said it himself. He talks to the press, not Gainey. It deserves a remark, Rafa always loves to under value his chances, and his opponets know it by now. And if he really is having knee problems(again)hope everyone remembers the critique about Rafa playing too much during the off season(exhos?) on those o so delicate knees these past months…


Humble Rafa Says:

Honestly, I had to speak up. I lost to the Spanish Doormat and no one said a word about my possible injury. I had to set the record straight.

Remember, a fit Humble never loses.


Giles Says:

Here comes ole skeezer pouncing on Rafa threads with his usual garbage.
There is a fed thread where he is playing with kangaroos and koalas. Shouldn’t you be there singing his praises?


Ben Pronin Says:

“Remember, a fit Humble never loses.Remember, a fit Humble never loses.”

Haha.

Will Nadal and his annoying fan base ever stop complaining??? By far the biggest story of the 2014 season. I’m guessing no, no?


Brando Says:

@Humble Rafa:

LMFAO- Happy Holiday period champ!

Hope you keep up your consistently good work into the 2014 season! :-)


dari Says:

Lets be real, most of us are rarely at a 100% with anything on our bodies, brains, etc. I’m tired of hearing rafa say it and I’m tired of ppl reporting it.

I am however not tired of koalas so I will go check that post out


Rogerisclass Says:

Nadal is Nadal.

Arrogant excuse as usual.


Alexandra Says:

And that is a typical hater-remark.

His knee will always be an issue. If people don’t want to hear it ignore him, or better not report on it if he is so annoying.


Louise Says:

Rafa aged exhibition matches to raise money for his foundation. Commendable in my books.
Vamos Rafa, Our Champion


Louise Says:

Please forgive the typo should read Rafa played exhibition matches……


pigoonse Says:

This report is a good reminder of why whenever Nadal is #1, we are watching the weak knee era of tennis – and this is the strong era of excuse-making.


holdserve Says:

Pigoonse, this is the strong era , period!
The hero of the weak era is always making excuses about bad back , mono etc but obviously these excuses are false because this guy has never missed a single slam since 2003. Had he really had some health issues, he would have taken a break. He couldn’t accept defeat when the strong era started in 2008 and so the fake mono excuse. And this year the bad back. He is 100% fake.


skeeZer Says:

Agree, for sure the weak knee era. How many times does it have to be an excuse for anything? Play on, if you can’t ,don’t play.


James Says:

What is it about Rafa that he always attracts Federer fans?
He must be doing something right. I like it.


skeeZer Says:

@James
Don’t be fooled Fed fans are fine. All this stuff started way back with the jealous vanosheads. It never stopped.


Alexandra Says:

Doubt that. I don’t actually dislike Roger that much, but his fans.
Anyway, people always talk about how today’s tennis is so physical, so it’s normal to have problems. Rafa only said that he had treatment and will take some more time to be ready. Which seems quite normal to me. Plus, he is never the fastest starter at the beginning of a season.


Ben Pronin Says:

Holdserve, why are you still here?


Peter Says:

Nadal did not say his KNEE is not 100%.

He said “I’m not 100%” – meaning he’s not 100% prepared yet, when he spoke about the insufficient number of weeks of preparation he put in so far.

On the contrary, to a direct question he answered the knee is fine (journalist’s tweet from press conference a day before):

Chris McHardy @ChrisMcHardy360 14h
.@RafaelNadal relaxed despite losing to David Ferrer. Knee feels good he insists. @MubadalaTennis

Nadal also said he’s expecting to be 100% prepared for AO:
http://www.thenational.ae/sport/tennis/frustration-for-tsonga-after-defeat-to-nadal-in-abu-dhabi
“I had treatment on the knee to keep it improving. When I started two weeks ago it was very slow and the first week I was playing without movement. Last week I started to move myself. I’m not 100 per cent but it’s great I came here, playing my first set in one month.”

“The period between seasons is not big. So during Abu Dhabi and Doha (at the Qatar Open), I will continue practices and doing my warm-ups for the match more than what I would usually do. The period of practice in Mallorca was not enough so I need to keep preparing myself in these two events. I feel like I need to work on that extra thing to be 100 per cent ready in a few weeks.”

That’s all. Move along, nothing to see here.


pigoonse Says:

Whenever Nadal starts his excuses it is a put-down of the era. He wins all these big matches and reaches number one on one leg or less – which says this must be an era of weak competition if he can win like that. And it is the chicken way out, with a ready made excuse, if he loses.


Sean Randall Says:

Peter, if Rafa’s knee was 100%, why would it (k)need “improving”?

I dunno. New year, same old knee story.


holdserve Says:

A player winning doesn’t make it a weak era. Not having a rival makes the era weak. Rafa has to contend with Djokovic who also consistently beats the field. Fed was playing in a weak era because there was no one other than himself beating the field.
By the way dear pigoo, this is easily the 100th time I have explained the concept of weak era even though I know Fed fans are immune to logic, facts and rational explanations. Why do I do it? Who knows some light might miraculously enter the dark area that is the Fedfan mind. One must keep hoping.


holdserve Says:

Ben Pronin, the question is, why are you still here? Fed fans have this nasty habit of adopting multiple IDs. Madmax was malteser, maxi, fleur etc. Must be skeezer and Ben Pronin also.


Ben Pronin Says:

Holdserve, no one cares about some random criteria you make up.


skeezer Says:

Holdserve, no one cares about some random criteria you make up.

Exactly.


Patson Says:

“When I started two weeks ago it was very slow.”

When I read this statement, it seems to me Rafa thinks as if the knee has a consciousness of its own. It’s as if Rafa was feeling very fresh but the knee wasn’t. Is their really a qualitative difference between saying ‘the knee was very slow’ vs ‘I was very slow’ ? Sometimes, I feel Rafa brings up the knee even when there is no need. Make no mistake, I have enormous respect for the guy but sometimes the knee-talk is overdone.


amadeus Says:

dramadal


Peter Says:

“When I started two weeks ago it was very slow.”

Again, this simply means as it is written – when he started, he started very slowly.

You are REALLY hell bent on inventing strawmen and then fight them.
____________

Sean Randall says:
Peter, if Rafa’s knee was 100%, why would it (k)need “improving”?

Again, you too deliberately “misunderstand” – Nadal never said the knee was 100% right after the season ended and before the therapy – it was not.

Therefore it needed improving, i.e. therapy.

What he said was – his knee feels good now, after his therapy.

But, it’s clearly useless to be reasonable around here, when people who write this blog lead by example in hateful attitude, and most of the posters follow that lead.


skeezer Says:

“his knee feels good now, after his therapy.”

And there ya go. Apparently after all those $exhos$(Cha ching) he did, he needed therapy after. Why? And what for? And why is it hateful to question? Sometimes the ones who call others hatedul are indeed the hateful ones.


Giles Says:

Good knee, bum knee, Rafa always finds a way to win. Vamos Champ. Here’s wishing you a healthy, happy and successful 2014!
Vamos!


madmax Says:

Holdserve,

Why do you continue with lies, and more lies? I don’t need any fake ID, unlike you? We all know who you are, have been and want to be.

Your drivel is keeping your temperature high, but please. Spare the stabs in the dark. If you miss your beloved TT so much, stay over there, start it up again, you are the fraud here.

Skeezer, very funny repeating what Ben said earlier. In fact, I thought you were the same person!

Holdserve, Rafa does go on about his knees an awful lot, don’t you think? Do you think that it scares his opponents away, or do you think they wonder, ‘Oh my. Here we go again with the Knee-d-less excuses. It really is old Knee-ws.

Everyone just wants to see the guy play and to shut up for once really. A little like you.


holdserve Says:

madmax
I did not post much on TT. It was you who posted there incessantly. It was your beloved TT. You posted as malteser, maxi and Fleur. Cheryl verified your IP address. You are the biggest TT refugee here. Everybody knows or should know who is the fraud here.


Okiegal Says:

@madamx

Did you read my post concerning all the questions you asked me on the “Nadal, Federer, Serena Kick Off 2014 thread?? Please read, would love to hear your reply. Thanks and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Oki.


madmax Says:

Okiegal Says:
@madamx

Did you read my post concerning all the questions you asked me on the “Nadal, Federer, Serena Kick Off 2014 thread?? Please read, would love to hear your reply. Thanks and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Oki.

December 30th, 2013 at 10:25 am

Oki, I will do that now. Just need to do one thing.

Holdserve, that site was poison. Maxi yes, and only maxi. Never made any lies about it. IP address, was not mine. If you think about it, what professional person of a site that was pro rafa would ever delve as swamp deep to disclose personal details of a member? No right minded person would do that. That’s right. No one worth their professional salt. It said more about that trashy site and woman,than whoever it was she ousted. Feel sorry for you and the many posters who came over here, under different names.

I understand why people would want to keep things a secret, but I never did, that was the injustice. And considering I have posted here for a very long time, am glad this site is going strong. What goes around comes around.

Reason why her days were numbered over there. I will warn you though, to stop spreading your lies over here. One of the easiest things to do when you don’t know the truth. Whilst we all know you hate Roger with a passion, you are quite entertaining at the same time. So it would be sad if you left.


RZ Says:

I think the reality is that Rafa’s knees will never be 100% as long as he is playing tennis. It’s unlikely to stop him from dominating the clay court season, and almost dominating the hard courts.


cmac324 Says:

Some people don’t seem to understand that Rafa’s knee problem is ongoing. It will not be cured, only managed. (It looks like I’m saying the same thing as RZ.) But, it’s no surprise that the Hoffman’s Syndrome he has acts up regularly. The fact that the tournament in Doha is on hard court does not help.


James Says:

So, Nadal and 45 year old coach Roig defeated Rosol-Andujar 6-3 2-6 10-4 in Doha. ;)


madmax Says:

James, the scoreline was a bit of a weird one, don’t you think? Close in the third?


Anna Says:

Good news everybody!!! For the first time in two years Rafa is free of knee pain. Yep, in years past he had to rely on platelet rich plasma therapy and anti-inflamatories to get him through the year, but after returning from SA he had stem cell therapy for the first time (wonder why they waited so long) and Rafa is free of pain. He started practicing just a few weeks ago, so he’s behind schedule practice wise when compared to other good years, but expects to be 100% in time for AO.


Anna Says:

For those who are tired of reporting on/ or reading about Rafa’s knees, for God sake, quit writing, reading, or commenting about it. What, are you guys all 8 years old that you don’t know how to pass on an article?


Giles Says:

@ Anna. Yes I read the article. Great news indeed.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Anna i hadnt read the article,so thanks for the info.


Steve 27 Says:

Gainey and Randall = Crap jornalism.


Steve 27 Says:

journalism


Humble Rafa Says:

It appears to Humble Highness that people who call themselves journalists have automated knee injury stories ready to go, just in case. Facts don’t matter to these people.


Steve 27 Says:

HR, more crap, more money. They have to eat, too.


Okiegal Says:

@Anna

Thanks for that good news. We have to know that team Rafa always has a plan for the knee situation. Hope whatever they are doing continues to help the work!

VAMOS RAFA!!


Okiegal Says:

^^^^ should be……continues to work…..instead of help the work. Brain dead after Christmas!! LOL


skeezer Says:

@Anna @4:20 post.
Great news! It will be great this year for Rafa to perform with out any excuses!
Vamos!


holdserve Says:

Rafa doesn’t have excuses. He has genuine knee problems. He has actually missed months on the tour because of his health problems.
The one with excuses is Fed with his fake mono and back problems. He has never missed any slam from 2003.
What a fake!!!!!


skeezer Says:

“Rafa doesn’t have excuses.”

^hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa!!!!!!!
LMAO ROFL whoa ha ha hahahahahahah!!!


holdserve Says:

Rafa doesn’t have excuses, he has injuries.
Leave excuses to Fed who wriggled out of military duty claiming a bad back!!!!!

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