Photo by Beth Wilson

Photo by Beth Wilson

Per a statement on the Cincinnati site, Rafa has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup and Cincinnati tournaments with a right wrist injury.

“Unfortunately I injured my right wrist yesterday during practice and after the tests I have undergone today in Spain, including an MRI, and checking with my doctors, I will have to stay out of competition for at least 2-3 weeks. I am sorry and wish the best to the tournament and thank all of the fans for their support,” said Nadal. “I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to defend my titles and compete in Toronto and Cincinnati this year. I was looking forward to coming and playing again after my great results last year.”

It’s sad Rafa will not have a chance to defend his titles. I hope that the time away from competition means he is giving it time to heal up completely and it won’t continue to be a problem moving forward. Best of luck to him!

Updates:
More info -

Statement now up on the Rogers Cup site as well.

This info comes from the official statement (in Spanish) from Rafa’s team:

Story on the ATP site.

Tennis Panorama News has the statement from Rafa’s team:

Rafa Nadal no podrá participar y defender los títulos que ganó en la pasada temporada en los torneos de Toronto y Cincinnati.

El jugador ha sufrido una molestia en los entrenamientos preparativos para la gira norte americana y tras unas pruebas realizadas hoy en la Clínica Mapfre de Medicina del Tenis, se ha encontrado una pequeña desinserción de la vaina del cubital posterior de la muñeca derecha.

El tenista tendrá que estar de 2 a 3 semanas con una célula de inmovilización de la muñeca derecha.

En función de la evolución, que será seguida detenidamente por el Doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro incluyendo pruebas de ecografia y resonancia magnética, se valorará el retorno del jugador a la competición prevista inicialmente para el US Open.

An AP story via ESPN provides a summary translation:

Nadal’s manager, Benito Perez-Barbadillo, wrote in an emailed release that the Spaniard was hurt in practice on his home island of Mallorca while getting ready for the North American hard-court circuit.

Perez-Barbadillo said that doctors determined Wednesday that Nadal will need to wear a cast on his wrist for two to three weeks and the initial prognosis is for him to be able to return to action at the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25. But doctors will keep tabs on the injury, including with MRI exams, and then decide when Nadal can play again.



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Compilation of coverage from a few different TV stations of the unveiling of a new Rafa photo/tribute at his tennis club in Manacor.

(Posted by vamosrafelnadal)

Articles:
  • Nadal: ‘No voy a pelear por el número uno’ – via elmundo.es (mangle – I think it has the date of his travel to Canada incorrect though. I think he’s not traveling until Friday per @bluemathilde.)
  • Nadal: ´Lo que hice el año pasado no lo repetiré más´ – via diariodemallorca.es (mangle)
  • Mason is giving tennis his best shot – by Matt Shand (dailytelegraph.com.au). Mason is a tennis playing tot with good taste.
    “It’s good (training with his father), he helps me with my footwork and mental.”

    The mental work is just as important as physical, as it helps players get out of a slump. His idol Rafael Nadal, whom he hopes to challenge one day, has a similar mentality.

    “He (Rafael) can be down two sets and come back to win,” Mason said.

    “To play against him would be the ultimate ­feeling.”


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Social media related to Rafa:
  • Special offer on Australian Tennis magazine issues featuring Rafa via their Facebook


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If you followed yesterday’s link to @bluemathilde twitter feed, you know she’s busy enjoying herself watching Rafa’s public practice in Manacor. She was there again today and kindly agreed to me uploading her photos here to share. Please be sure to go over to twitter and send her a thanks!

First, some of her comments on the practice:

Some pics from today's Rafa's practising session. Rafa warmed up with playing "football" against the wall :) Discussion with Toni on the exercise Rafa wanted to practise. Rafa hit all his forehands at full power :) The exercise was very intense, he had many short breaks :) Another huge forehand #VamosRafa Focused on grip change. Let's appreciate the ... grip change ? ;) No comment :) i said ... full power :) #VamosRafa A little bit of volley #VamosRafa Another volley #VamosRafa Kids playing football. Small kids and an older one :D #VamosRafa Hola Rafa :) Help needed ? This smile ... :) #SeeYa

All photos and captions by bluemathilde.



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Vote for Rafa

The folks at Tennis Tuesday are running a poll on which player has the best fans. A certain guy has more fan sites listed than another of the others, so hasn’t he already kind of won? And isn’t voting Rafa kind of like voting for yourself? That sounds like a no-brainer to me.

Vote here



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Practicing:

Rafa is practicing in Manacor and bluemathilde is there! I was going to embed her tweets, but there were so many good ones! So, just check out her timeline on Twitter – paying special attention to the photos, of course. Need more encouragement to go check things out? Does this help?

From her tweets, it sounds like Rafa had a good practice.

Afterwards, he went to watch his buddies play futbol. Here’s an iB3 report on that (thanks, Inés).

(If the above embed doesn’t work for you, try this YouTube version.)

Shoes:

Yes, this lint edition has a section on shoes. And I’m not talking Nike.

This article about shoe-maker Pierre Corthay and its mention of Rafa led Genny and me on a Google quest. (Well, once Genny pointed that I needed to improve my reading comprehension skills.)

Genny found this lovely picture of Rafa’s shoe forms:

And then I found this interview with Mr. Corthay:

I make shoes for tennis players like Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and actors like Clive Owen, and Cate Blanchett. The problem with making shoes for people like Nadal is that the point between measurement and delivery is about a year and a half. He travels and it is difficult to catch him. We have to bring the shoes to him.

From this article it seems like Rafa does his shoe shopping in Paris.

And, it sounds like Rafa gave them a prize memento:

Similarly, Xavier recounts the story of Rafael Nadal who, ‘Came to us after winning Roland Garros and donated us the clay covered shoes he had worn in winning the match.’

Articles:

Videos/Audio:

Rafa does social media:
  • Rafa let us know that he and his male friends were all working on 70s porn ‘statches.
  • And he shared a photo from the Inter Manacor match.

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