Nike’s published their Fall Tech Pack look book. It’s a huge file, so I’ve extracted the Rafa pages (pdf) for quicker downloading. And here are the images – enjoy!

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The last slam of the season starts tomorrow. How did this happen? How are we here already? Seems like we were just getting excited aboutu and then getting over the Australian Open. The US Open won’t be the same without Rafa, but I’m hoping there will still be some entertaining tennis and the usual NYC drama.

The Rafa bits from a recent documentary about his uncle Miguel Ángel Nadal.

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  • Strokes of Genius: The Best of the Men – by Christopher Clarey (nytimes.com) I’m surprised Rafa didn’t rate higher on overheads.

    To Play a Match for Your Life

    1. Rafael Nadal
    2. Novak Djokovic
    3. Roger Federer

    Not even close. A near first-place sweep for Nadal, although it seems best not to ask him to play for your life at this United States Open (he has withdrawn).

  • Roger Federer’s longevity or Rafael Nadal’s high point? Think carefully (U.S. Open) – by Douglas Perry (oregonlive.com)
  • Rafa Latest To Take ALS Challenge – via atpworldtour.com
  • Stars’ Rackets: Not Just Like Ours – by Stuart Miller (nytimes.com)

    The company will now use disclaimers stating that pro players may use a different racket from the one depicted. But while Rafael Nadal uses an older version of the AeroPro Drive, which he helped design, it is essentially the one that is sold to customers, Pin said.

  • Boris Becker’s take, from New York to Novak – by Douglas Robson (usatoday.com)

    Q: If you could play one player of today, who would it be?

    I can tell you who I wouldn’t want to play: Novak on a slow hardcourt or Nadal on any clay court or Federer in his prime on grass. My best chance against these guys would have been on grass or indoors.


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Rafa accepted the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

Although, his looks more like a water bucket challenge – heh. I was really hoping for a legion of ice bucket wielding cousins…



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@jontownend1 happened to catch an interview with Benito on BBC5 today. Summary:

  • No surgery
  • Rafa felt pain when trying to hit his backhand and knew that meant no US Open right away
  • No set time to return to the tour, but the Asian swing seems probable, DC a bit more uncertain.

See the Storify below for the actual tweets. And thanks to jontownend1 for sharing.

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Rafa practiced today with Moya. The splint made an appearance too. Caution appears to be the key. His backhand slice is going to be pretty darn amazing when he returns. ;)

DavidJNadal tweeted a summary of Rafa’s comments and Genny translated:

Later in the day, Rafa went to a futbol match in Madrid – see the Storify for many, many tweeted screen grabs.

Articles:
  • La precaución frena a Nadal – via elpais.com (mangle)
  • Médico de Nadal: “No pudo recuperarse para la exigencia del US Open” – via marca.com. From the mangle, it sounds like part of the concern about readiness for the US Open was the best of 5 format.
  • Will the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal jinx define the 2014 U.S. Open? (Tournament preview) – by Douglas Perry (oregonlive.com)
  • Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal a serious setback – by Matt Wilansky (espn.com)
  • Prometheus Bound – by Peter Bodo (tennis.com)
  • Exclusive: Borna Coric on Goran, Rafa and US Open – by Simon Cambers (thetennisspace.com)

    And you trained with Rafa last year, is that right?
    I had a week with him at the end of last year and I think it helped a lot. I can only say thank you very much to him for having me. I learned a lot from him – of course he’s a much better player than me, but also because of the way he trained every day. It was an unbelievable experience for me.

  • How Rafael Nadal’s Absence From the U.S. Open Helps Roger Federer – by Carl Bialik (fivethirtyeight.com)

    Nadal fans shouldn’t feel too sullen, though. In his Facebook announcement Monday, Nadal said, “Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.” After previous injuries, Nadal has provided ample evidence to suggest he means the part about “the highest level.” This is Nadal’s fifth extended absence since reaching ATP World Tour level in 2003. After the first, because of an ankle injury in 2004, he struggled, going just 4-4 in the next four events. But since then, Nadal has waited to return from injury until he is ready to play near his best. After missing the end of 2005 and start of 2006 with a foot injury, Nadal went 11-3 in his next four events — then swept the following four tournaments. He was 13-4 in his summer 2009 comeback from tendinitis in his knees. And last year, he shook off a seven-month absence from more knee tendinitis to go 17-1 in his first four events.


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