Sadly, Here’s Who Won’t Be At Indian Wells
by Staff | March 2nd, 2018, 6:03 pm
  • 37 Comments

The list on injured continues to grow on the men’s tour. Already, several players have withdraw from Indian Wells (and Miami). Here’s the running list:

Rafael Nadal (plus Miami)
Stan Wawrinka (plus Miami)
Andy Murray (plus Miami)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
David Goffin
Richard Gasquet

One bit of hope is that Novak Djokovic is still expected to compete. The event begins in a week.


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37 Comments for Sadly, Here’s Who Won’t Be At Indian Wells

Humble Rafa Says:

I am happy to give others an opportunity to win tournaments.


skeezer Says:

This may be a good opportunity for Novak if he is going to play. He will face a weaker field overall and should help in get back in a groove and go further into the draw.


Margot Says:

Andy is building snowmen, Nole is practising with Andre, Rafa is probably fishing, Stan is weeping into his strudel over his lost coach, very careless Stan, etc etc


j-kath Says:

Yep Margot…and Andy is obviously nostalgic, he’s arming his snowmen with tennis racquets….maybe this is his “back to practicing” reported by some of the rubbish nwspapers. Of all the injured players I think Stan now heads the pack of “Will he ever be able to return to form”?


Margot Says:

Yep Kath. I think he leads the “wont get back, pack!” Not amazingly optimistic about our Andy getting back to the top of the tree again TBH. Age is against him.


j-kath Says:

Margot – Yep. And he has another birthday in May….2 weeks later followed by Nole. Only light thru the clouds is that the Next-Gen should be doing a lot better than they are now.


Humble Rafa Says:

Net gen is made of crazy kids who are mental midgets. Not sure what holds for tennis after Humble Highness and His Arrogance retire. It will be the wild wild west.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..
@J-Kath…..We just can’t give up on Andy.and the age factor! In the back of my mind I’m saying over and over Roger’s 36…Roger’s 36…..staring 40 in the face…….just saying there’s hope but these hurt players have to heal totally and I think everyone of them try to come back too quick. Nole’s Injuries are apparently bad too along with Rafa. This is the time for the young guns to shine…..and with each year they’re getting older. Roger is always the healthy one…. a glitch or two along the way…….great athletic genes….perfect body type for tennis…..smart in knowing how to take care of himself to stay healthy and that’s why he’s still playing and winning and good for him!


j-kath Says:

Okiegal: For me it is partly the real competitiveness that I enjoy…..when there is only one likely winner time after time – no matter how much one can appreciate his/her value, I don’t enjoy the contest as much e.g. I don’t just mean Roger, there’s Nole and Rafa’s impressive
runs as well….and to some extent Stan and Andy’s top drawer contests.

I’m actually not sure that AGE is the problem….I’m of the view that the young guns don’t quite understand the need for the high level of commitment needed.


Giles Says:

Soooo, the ole one will be running wild and free in IW and Miami. #NoCompetition


Okiegal Says:

@JK 1:18….. You are so right about the commitment thing regarding the younger guys. I quit tennis because of that one guy winning everything. I was channel surfing one day and came across the FO final 2005 and just immediately was mesmerized by the Spanish kid in long pants…….plus he gave that guy who was winning everything some competition. Been hooked on him ever since. I was really liking Del Po too! His run at the USO the year he won was some of the most exciting tennis ever……then injuries….a sad day in tennis. He was so much fun to watch and hopefully he is on the mend for awhile longer! I hope all of these injured players make a comeback……my allegiance still lies with them! I’m old crotchety and don’t like change! Lol😝😝😝


Okiegal Says:

Make no mistake…. I watch a lot of matches…. but not with as much passion as when Rafa is playing…….Rafa not playing now………😥😥😥😥


Daniel Says:

Agree, Wawa seems the least to ever return to form. His also older than Nadal/Murray/Djoko, turning 33 this month.


skeezer Says:

“#NoCompetition”
Oh, and is that Feds fault? LMAO.


j-kath Says:

Okiegal – I’m with you all the way – however not fond of
of Del Potro.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Its not Fed’s fault Skeezer, but you can’t deny its a weaker field with these superstars missing (not including Gasquet or Goffin in that analysis).

I HOPE Fed will take advantage of it, but whatever the competition, winning a masters event is not easy.

Del Potro showing he may have the juice to step up this year- Thiem and Zverev seem stalled at the second tier. And what happened to Kyrgios?


Okiegal Says:

@JK……I remember JMD having an altercation with Andy one time about Judy. I didn’t blame Andy for being upset at him over his Mum…..watched the fuss on you tube and never did really understand what prompted DelPo to act like he did towards Judy…..Hey you don’t pick on Moms…….bad behavior!!


skeezer Says:

TV,
No denying it, its a weaker field with all these top guys with injuries. But there IS competition to deal with still.
Not; “#NoCompetition”


j-kath Says:

Okiegal: Also, I saw Del Potro at a Davis Cup and he was sulking like an over-size baby – mouthing off at his coach – he was supposed to play doubles and didn’t want to take his bib off and get out of his high chair and behave like a grown-up…..

That said, I do have sympathy for his injuries and I do think he can be a dangerous player.


Giles Says:

Referring to JK’s link , he says “ depends on how I feel”. Surely he means “ depends on how Rafa feels”


Markus Says:

That is what champions do, when an opportunity opens up, they grab it.


skeezer Says:

Congrats to Delpo, winner of Alcapulco!


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath……….but he is called the “Gentle Giant”…….. I wonder why?? Lol


Okiegal Says:

Nothing gets past Giles……LOL!!


Giles Says:

Oki. I just try to keep my finger on the pulse, that’s all! Lolol


Humble Rafa Says:

Some people are drooling at the opportunity of the Arrogant One to win his second FO. I am thinking the magic potion only works on non-clay surfaces. If he plays the French, he will get injured and hang up his shoes.

Obviously, as a goat owner, my value is enhanced by the value of the goat I own. I wish he would just skip the FO.


Okiegal Says:

@Giles 1:57……..Love it!!! Lol 👍👍👍


Willow Says:

Humble Rafa theres no guarantee he will even play the FO ….


Markus Says:

Unfortunately for Federer, his window to win another French, with or without Nadal in the field, has already closed.


Willow Says:

Markus i wouldnt bet against him, if Rafa, Novak, Stan are not fit and ready, it could be his best chance of winning another FO ….


Markus Says:

Are we starting to feel now how it would be like when the Big 4 finally leave the game?


Madmax Says:

So Rafa is out with a hip injury? At AO it was a thigh injury, now a hip injury? When did this happen?

Who is keeping their finger on the pulse?


Willow Says:

Maybe it was both who knows ?


Truth Says:

Journeymen also beat the Swiss. Don’t trust Fraud’s fans for opinions.
Boris Becker is a joke that brags about Fedal when Novak has mental illness.

It’s the injured Novak that destroyed his own chances. The top 40 rest on his shoulders because the other guys barely win 2nd rounds.
Nadal hardly won anything against Novak the last 4 years. Fraud is just drooling.


skeezer Says:

Guess Fraud is not a fraud is he? Can a Fraud beat Nadal the last 4 tomes and win 3 Slams? Must be weak era? Lucky? Rigged? Anything else?
Maybe, just maybe, the guy is just better than everyone else. Me thinks so.

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