Doc Says Rafael Nadal’s Wrist Still Not 100%, A Final Decision On US Open To Come By Saturday
by Tom Gainey | August 12th, 2014, 1:34 pm
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As scheduled, Rafael Nadal saw his doctor in Barcelona today and the news wasn’t bad nor was it good when the splint was removed from his right wrist. According to Marca, “The images showed what we expected to see. I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic, I’m realistic. Now begins the rehabilitation process and then see on the track,” said Nadal’s doctor, Angel Ruiz Cotorro, was quoted as saying via translation.

Nadal will now train the next few days without the splint and see how it feels.

“Our idea is to train without the splint on Thursday or Friday and Saturday definitely make a decision on whether to fly to New York,” uncle Toni Nadal said via translation.

Nadal is the defending champion at the US Open. He hasn’t played since Wimbledon due to a right wrist injury he suffered in practice two weeks ago.

Nadal is currently ranked No. 2 on the year with four ATP titles.

UPDATE: From his PR


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69 Comments for Doc Says Rafael Nadal’s Wrist Still Not 100%, A Final Decision On US Open To Come By Saturday

bbsocrates Says:

He should take a wildcard at Winston Salem if he decides to come to US.


skeezer Says:

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Am very disappointed there is not more news about the wrist.


Colin Says:

Ah, now I know the word I wanted: splint. I’m sick of splints being referred to as casts, because (never having needed either – yet)I’m sure they are very different.


jane Says:

lol skeezer, and that’s in less than 10 days! it reminds me of all the drama when he was coming back after the 2012-13 injury, but that went on for months. maybe it’s just the vigilance of the spanish media? anyhow, i don’t think it will go on for as long this time. probably we’ll hear on saturday that he will be back for the us open. that’s what i am expecting.

if it were his left wrist that was injured – well that would be more serious i should think. but given that it’s his right and he hits predominantly with his left, i think he’ll be back soon. for his fan’s sake i hope so; it must suck when their favourite player has this many injuries. i still love watching even when nole’s out (enjoyed the rest of canada masters for example) but it definitely loses some of its lustre (not to mention anxiety/excitement/anticipation)


Purcell Says:

Tuesday: Rafael Nadal ate a lightly boiled egg and soldiers for his tea. He secured the egg in the cup with his left hand and slightly flexed the right wrist in order to facilitate removal of the top of the egg with his fingers. He then retired to a darkened room for emergency recovery time.
Wednesday: Uncle Toni prepares his nephew’s wrist for an assault on a loaf of bread.


Giles Says:

Post August 12th 4.14 pm
Fail!!
Take some tips from HR!!


courbon Says:

@ skeezer: Tomorrow is going to be another-
Do you think Nadal will play US Open-poll? or something like that…


Ben Pronin Says:

What’s the injury?


Okiegal Says:

@Ben

Via another Ben on the plant, Ben Rothenber says on Twitter that it is a small detachment of posterior sheath of the right lunar wrist….


Okiegal Says:

^^^^ on the planet, not plant……


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,Purcell,courbon,
:))


Okiegal Says:

Tuesday: Purcell ate the lemon that was supposed to go in his tea.

Wednesday: Okiegal prepares her wrist for sign language…..holds up right hand and lowers thumb, index, ring and pinkie fingers and smiles very sweetly at old sour puss Purcell!! Tee hee!! Who is the funniest Purcell, HR or Okiegal?? New poll!!


Hippy Chic Says:

No point bothering saying much,as some people dont seem interested in having a sensible discussion anymore….


Wog boy Says:

HC,
No hard feelings, sensible discussion about what? About wrist?
As skeezer pointed out, we already had half a dozen threads about his wrist in a week or so. I can tell you now what we are going to hear in a few days time from Nadal team.. “wrist is not 100%, but Rafa will play USO”, so if he loses he will have exuse and if he wins, he will be hero, deja vu.
If he keeps doing this I can see him winning Nobel prize.


mem Says:

Wog boy,

for a fan who claims to be so innocent and sweet you have been pretty sour these days. initially, you seemed overcome with joy and optimism when nadal withdraw from both tournaments. im guessing that you figured the withdrawals would increase novak’s chances; but then, judging from your post-toronto comments, after novak lost that is, you suggested that nadal was faking his wrist injury to prepare for the uso. I guess nadal is to blame when novak doesn’t live up to your expectations.

by the way, you forget, last year when nadal worked his tail off, reaching 14 or 15 finals, winning 10 titles including the French and USO, the ITF awarded novak djokovic the “Player of the Year;” an award that nadal had rightfully earned and deserved. so, I don’t blame him for taking off when he needs to. look at it this way, he is just making sure that when novak receives the award this year he would have earned it. in fact, nadal gave him 2000 points to help him out a bit. so stop whining about what nadal does or does not do. it’s not his fault novak played a tournament and lost. if I were his advisor I would recommend he does just what he is doing now, take time off if he feels he needs to for whatever reason and the heck with what you and others think.


Purcell Says:

Quite frankly HC, and allowing for the fact that this is supposed to be a Nadal thread, there will be no chance of a sensible discussion unless people stop hanging on to the incessant updates on Wafa’s wist and concentrate on tennis…..you know, that stuff that’s going on at the moment. As I write, it’s a pleasure to be watching Simon and Djokovic testing the geometry of the court beneath a glowering Cincy sky.
Okiegal: my post was in support of Skeezer and all those, including me, who have had enough of the posturing and entitlement emanating from Camp Nadal. You can interpret it as you wish but I’d like to point out that I only ever take lemon with G&T and I’m a her not a him which, at the risk of stereotyping, is more likely to qualify me as an old sour puss.


Patson Says:

Who cares about Nadal right now ?

At this very moment, Cincy is being played , and Nadal shouldn’t be in the news. Tsonga just lost to Youzhny, which was kind of expected. But I do think he’s going to put a very good show at the US open. I expect Tsonga to make it to the semi-finals at the very least unless he runs into Nole before that.


Wog boy Says:

Firstly, I have never claimed to be innocent and sweet.

Secondly, show me my post where I am ” overcome with joy and optimism”.

The rest of your post doesn’t make any sense…Toronto what?


Okiegal Says:

@Purcell

Just a little Oklahoma Redneck humor. There are a lot of posters on TX that post comments to be funny for a laugh or two. Your post was meant to be funny, wasn’t it? I told you one time that there was a town in Oklahoma called Purcell. From your answer to me regarding that, I assumed you were a male. Sorry, if I had known you were a female, I would have not commented…….we women folk need to stick together. I had to think about the lemon in G&T…..figured it out finally…gin and tonic! Sorry I called you a sour puss….I don’t even know you. I was trying to be cute….but failed miserably. About Rafa’s wrist, maybe he’s hurt and maybe not. I believed Novak was hurt, did you?? I just prefer to give the players the benefit of the doubt, that’s all. From here on out, no more trying to be funny…….but did you smile just a wee bit??

Seriously, I am truly sorry! Please forgive!!


Colin Says:

Good old Okiegal! You corrected “plant” but how about “lunar wrist”? Is Rafa some kind of werewolf who’s affected by the moon?


Okiegal Says:

If some of you are sick of Rafa and his wrist, why on earth are you wasting your time on his thread?? Just wondering….I would go to my favs thread and spread goodwill and cheer!!


Okiegal Says:

Yep, Colin, I goofed. I read it before sending it and read it wrong. I just now put ulnar and my spell check changed it to lunar. I use a Kindle and that therein lies my problem. It has just now dawned on me why I’m misspelling words all time. Promise to watch more closely in the future…..I have fat little fingers too!!

About Rafa and the moon……I guess you’d have to ask Xicia about that. Are werewolves considered beasts?? If so,Rafa might be one, because he is definitely one on the tennis court…..and that’s all I’ve got to say about that!!


mem Says:

Wog boy,

do you understand what “draw inference” means? I inferred from your comments that you were overwhelmed with joy until novak lost. do you understand now? my comments make plenty sense for those who are capable of interpretation.


jane Says:

purcell, you should try lime with your g&t. much better! now i want one.


Wog boy Says:

” initially, you seemed overcome with joy and optimism when nadal withdraw from both tournaments”

Show me the post, my post. You are explicit that I was “overcome with joy and optimism when nadal withdraw from both tournaments”, nothing to with Toronto and “until Novak lost…”…doesn’t make any sense, again.


Wog boy Says:

^^^ “…nothing to do WITH Toronto…”


skeezer Says:

Lol,
Diversion tactics from the those types in regards to the titled “wrist” topics is typical. Cover the obvious negative truth by attacking posters……again? Same ole tune, out of key.
No worries, another wrist story is coming before USO. Gauranteed.


pogi Says:

Nadal cant compete with his right wrist injured coz he cannot do the wedgie-picking anymore


mem Says:

Wog boy,

let’s just say that “until novak lost” means that you were happy that novak wouldn’t have to face nadal in toronto or cincy; in fact, the withdrawals increase the likelihood that novak would win the title and gain some ranking points, but then, he lost unexpectedly. instead of accepting the lost, you begin to make subtle comments suggesting that nadal is faking an injury to prepare for the uso. in other words, once novak lost, your joy turned to bitterness and that bitterness manifested itself in your coments about nadal. that’s it!


Wog boy Says:

^^^ Show me the post, my post!! Not your interpretation of something that I never said!! You failed, again.


mem Says:

Wog boy,

apparently, you lack understanding, so, there’s nothing else i can say to make it more clear. however, i will say that i hope nadal announcement will be that he is playing the uso, 100% or not. personally speaking, im not one who cares about whether you guys think he is telling the truth or not. i just hope he plays! that would give you, jane, skeezer, etc. an interesting topic to discuss. i would get a kick out of that!


Michael Says:

And the suspense still lingers on much to the consternation of Rafa’s legion of fans. I hope Rafa’s Team makes everything clear soon thereby ending the suspense.


skeezer Says:

“apparently, you lack understanding”
Oh please explain to the rest of the tennis fan nation “not in love with Nadal” what that means.
There has been lots of explanation from Rafas camp about “the wrist”, willingly and obviously enjoying the press of it all.
No need to cover it up or divert it into something else( or worse attack posters personally ) that has literally nothing to do with anything relevant to the game of Tennis.

If he can play, he’ll play. End of story. This hyperbole of continual speculation is absolutely meaningless to the ongoings of the sport and the world. The USO will still be a Slam regardless and the winner will not get an asterick because Rafa may not play or his wrist is not fit. Give it up and enjoy Tennis for what it is.


Giles Says:

@mem. Great posts as usual. Kudos to you for exposing the poster from down under who, like skeezer, lacks comprehension skills. Unfortunately I don’t think you have made any headway in trying to get through to her. Some people are tooooo thick!
Hope our boy feels well enough to play the USO.
Vamos Rafa!


Purcell Says:

Jane : I love lime with my G&T as well so here’s a toast to Simon for his efforts……I love his strokes and mosquito like determination and Cheers to Novak for pulling out a win although I didn’t see the ending as it was 2 am here….past my bed time.


Hippy Chic Says:

Purcell damn straight,its as Okiegal says people are fed up with the updates on Rafas wrist,yet here they are making sarcastic comments,why bother wasting such nervous energy on the subject, however lets just say the childish comments come from all directions,put it this way theres no saints on this forum….


Hippy Chic Says:

Wogboy at the risk of repeating myself,why dont people just ignore the Nadal updates, yet some people just cannot seem to resist commenting on them,as they have an itch and they cannot resist the temptation to scratch,people say they are still enjoying the tennis without Rafa quite right me too,lets enjoy the tennis that is going on,rather than pontificating about a player that may or may not even play the last GS of the year ATM?nice win for Novak BTW,Tsonga was bound for a let down after what he achieved last week….


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane just interested in a comment you made on one of the other threads,about there been more glory winning against one of their biggest rivals,you always said Andy was your second favorite player,and also how much you loved his rivalry with Nole,and how you hoped they would meet in many more finals,back then Andy was more often than not Noles pigeon,so did Noles GS and other titles seem less glorious to you because they were against Andy,rather than against Rafa or Roger,also were you not simply delighted when he won his 1st GS,even though it was against Tsonga,rather than been against Roger or Rafa who were both multiple GS winners??no harm or foul im asking a pertinent and reasonable question??


Steve 27 Says:

Like Sampras in 1999, Rafa will miss the Open at his 28 years old.


Hippy Chic Says:

Do you have news then Steve 27?


Steve 27 Says:

Is not obvious Hippy Chic?
I am content if Rafa wins the Masters in London


Steve 27 Says:

and the Australian Open in 2015 to complete the double career grand slam.
This is it!


Hippy Chic Says:

Steve 27 well not to me,the general opinion here by most,seems to be that Rafa does intend to play the USO,and is using this down time to practice??


metan Says:

People opinion doesn’t effect Rafa decision. I hope he will play but if he will not it would be better he waits till next year AO.


mem Says:

skeezer,

you’re not on my level, so direct your opinions to those who care.


Hippy Chic Says:

Agree with bbsocrates at the top of the thread,in that Rafa should take a WC for Winston Salem as a warm for some HCpractice,should he decide to play the USO….


Hippy Chic Says:

^Should say if hes indeed fit to play the USO?^….


Purcell Says:

Okiegal: when you consider all the terrible things going on in our world at the moment, I think it’s important to keep a sense of proportion….I’m sure you agree…….and we have many tools at our disposal for bring us back to reality and away from these rather spoilt rich young men and women who may have, admittedly, perhaps given an extra layer to our lives. Those tools could be humour, wit, sarcasm, cynicism, satire…..whatever. I’ve no idea which of those I wish to employ once I start writing but I do know that any of those tools plus a myriad of others could and should be used to puncture the pomposity of those who take these rather trivial matters too seriously and can only respond to the opinions of others in a feeble rather than constructive manner.
Anyway, thanks for the response at 8:44. Lots to do before….dare I mention……Roger’s match which I fear will be a loss for his highness. Can’t even toast him on his way with a G&T as am on the wagon after alcohol abuse on holiday last week. I expect there will be good news about Nadal by the end of the week.


Hippy Chic Says:

Purcell i gave you some feedback too,which i dont believe was sent in a feeble manner,merely objective critisism….


jane Says:

hippy andy is part of the “big 4″ and has always been a major rival of nole’s going way back to 2008, so nole’s wins over andy are always excellent wins in that regard, imo. however, their australian 2011 final wasn’t as good as i expected. as for tsonga, well, it was nole’s very first slam win so it’s tough to say. i mean i was just thrilled that he WON a slam at that point because he never had before, so it was a little different and more glorious because of that, just as i am sure rafa’s first slam was for his fans. after all, no real “rivalries” have usually been established at that point in a player’s career. also, people should not forget that nole beat federer in the semis of that 2008 slam to even reach the finals whereas tsonga beat rafa. so they were both on a roll and thus it was an excellent final, going to a 4th set tiebreak, with the winner hard to predict.


madmax Says:

Hippy, I think it is very strange with all this hype over Rafa’s injury.

First out, he said he was doing fine in practice and everything was on track and it is almost like a massive drum roll. Will he won’t he? I don’t like this kind of announcement. No one else does it and I wonder, why does he?

Just being honest. Perhaps it is better to be quiet and then inform fans nearer the time rather than coming out with piecemeal statements that raise your hopes then dash them, then raise them.

I don’t think this is a good PR strategy. I don’t know what you think?

I can’t imagine that he would not play the USOpen. I just can’t see that happening and I hope for your sake, he does.


Hippy Chic Says:

Madamax while i would be dissapointed if he doesnt play,ill get over it as it would be nothing new,believe me theres worse things going on in my life right now,theres worse things going on in the world too right now,i agree though about all this endless speculation which means his fans have no idea what to think,i just wonder why sometimes that some people seem to get so much pleasure from other peoples misery….


James Says:

So the best case scenario would be that Nadal plays with an injury. I don’t think Nadal would play if he felt he had no chance of winning the tournament.
I do hope he is well enough to play.


mem Says:

Thanks Giles!
Good to hear from you. i don’t mind calling phony fans out when the opportunity presents itself.

yeah, i miss our boy! im just praying that he decides to go to new york. we will hope for the best. by the way, you are a great nadal supporter! i love it that you don’t back down.

enjoy your day!


Okiegal Says:

@Purcell……I agree. Terrible things are going on. Sometimes I think we lose sight of what’s really important. We fans love our favorites…..even rich and spoiled as they may be. They do give us a portion of their lives, thank goodness!! I enjoy tennis as you do and can’t wait for Rafa to play.

I hope you weren’t offended in any way by my comment. I was retaliating, but in a comical way.

Watch those G & Ts….but sounds like you had a great holiday because of them. LOL

Just read your post again……Yes we can take our tennis too serious at times…….It can get ugly!! Have been out all day so haven’t been able to keep up with the scores in Cincy. Hope Roger does well and thanks for the regards to Rafa. Have a nice evening, Lady Purcell…..


harry Says:

Glad to see jane & WB back — ajde ;) I thought I saw courbon in one of the other threads, hi…

Of course, “hi” to HippyC, skeezer, okie and the others i miss now…

are mat4 & grendel around?


harry Says:

and good luck to Rafa…


Hippy Chic Says:

Hi Harry nice to see you posting,unfortunatly Grendel hasnt posted in a long time,Mat4 said he would take a break but return around the time of the USO,Courbon is still around but posts are only sporadic as he says he works 60/70 hours a week ATM,excuses excuses?lol only joking Courbon if you see this post,thanks for the heads up on Rafa still not sure if he will play the USO though at this point….


harry Says:

HippyC, thanks for the local news ;)


Hippy Chic Says:

Harry i will miss much of the USO,as i will be away on my anual hippy camp celebrating the autumn equinox,burning the wicker man to celebrate the start of the harvesting,however i will record everything to watch it all when i get back….


harry Says:

@HippyC — isn’t the autumnal equinox (Sep 23) a couple of weeks after USO ends? Aren’t you be celebrating the equinox thing a bit too much ;)? Just kidding… have a great time…


Okiegal Says:

@Harry

A BIG Oklahoma HOWDY back at cha!! Good to see you posting……..Thanks for the well wishes for Rafa. I’m not going to elaborate on him and his condition…..it is what it is…….have a great day, Harry!!


Mark Anderson Says:

Ideas come per cell.


Hippy Chic Says:

Harry lol thanks actually your right,but for some reason they like to celebrate it,either on the last weekend in August or the first weekend in September,Mr Hippy Chic and i go every year now,and wouldnt miss it for the world,i will still catch some of the first week till we have to travel down to Coventry,its a fantastic weekend and i cannot wait,but im still excited about the USO with or without Rafa,i still love tennis ;))….


Michael Says:

With Novak faltering at the hard courts, I think Rafa can take a chance if he is fully fit. It is an excellent opportunity for him to defend his title successfully. Ofcourse he is short of match practice. But knowing what Rafa is and the mettle he is made of, he can cope up with that and attain some rhythm in his early encounters to take it forward to later. Let us wait what Rafa and his team decides ?! Whatever decision he takes, we must appreciate it as he would taken it in the best interest of himself.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael its like bbsocrates said at the top of the thread,maybe Rafa could take a W/C into the Winston Salem tourney to get some H/C match practice ahead of the USO,if hes indeed fit to play,as theres no descission as yet??


Debby Says:

Agree there are many troubles in the world today more important than a tennis match. Rafa has been quoted as saying as much, too.
That said, his fans eagerly await his return, but any thinking person knows that while his heart (and competitive spirit) certainly wants to be there to defend his title and not disappoint his fans, he is too smart to not be aware that he can’t risk more damage that could require surgery.
It’s not about poor PR, are we all just so used to spin (but no substance)?
And to those wondering why Rafa haters (who comment without info) seem to enjoy being on threads about him and making nasty comments – welcome to the 21st century, SO easy (and fun for many??????) to hurl hate. Sad commentary on our world. It doesn’t do it for me, but does for many.


Okiegal Says:

@Debby

I said a big AMEN to your post on the other thread….another one here! A few mean spirited folks on TX……I’m sad to say.


`James Verner Says:

I like Roger’s humble spirit. I would like to see him accomplish another Grand Slam to make it 18. Rafa might eventually catch him but Roger is my choice for # 1 at the moment, for the coming year. James


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