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It can't happen and it won't happen. Nadal's legs are breaking down and he simply needs a rest. If he can't dominate on the red clay of Paris, there is no way he can win 7 straight on the green grass of Wimbledon. Besides, he just lost to Leyton Hewitt! 6-4,6-3. Uncle Tony thinks Rafa should hop on a plane and head back home. i.e SKIP WIMBLEDON. Exact quote: "If it's me, I'm (flying) to Mallorca."

You might say, hey Mark, you're stating the obvious. And maybe I am, but here is the real question: Is Nadal done? I mean is Nadal done with number one, done ruling the clay - has he lost his edge. HE LOST TO HEWITT!

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Comment by Jazz Burks on June 29, 2009 at 11:43pm
Rusty is making me eat my words. But I believe that he is this year's Safin. A-rod should take him out. Nadal needs to scale back the hard court stuff and concentate on clay and grass.
Comment by Nicholas Clawson Stiver I on June 24, 2009 at 4:51pm
I think he should take 3 months or so off--its just tendinitis, that kind of thing will go away with rest. I call Fed to sweep the next three slams. Just 2 months ago everyone was saying Fed is done, Nadal is the new king, Vamos raging bull and all that shit. Now Nadal is out, Fed won the french, and everything has changed. Thats what I like about Tennis--so unpredictable.
Comment by Chris on June 21, 2009 at 5:44pm
Cmon.....Hewitt isn't that bad..
Comment by Amazing Grace Tennis on June 21, 2009 at 8:12am
Nadal skipping Wimbledon. This is ominous news, he was certainly pushing himself in 2008. How bad is his injuries?
Comment by Meags on June 20, 2009 at 1:51pm
Its a good decision, imagine a few 5 setters he wont play the rest of the season.
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on June 20, 2009 at 11:15am
ahh, indeed. good point, but he's too late for that now.
so hopefully he'll lay low until the USO.

BUT, now boys and girls - let's get down to some pick-em fun - put your money where your mouth is.
Picks are due tomorrow (sunday).
Comment by Mark Oskar on June 20, 2009 at 4:27am
No no, I agree with your statement Mayor, however consider the following:

(Quckly on Tendonitis of the knee) -
- Knee tendonitis refers to the inflamation, swelling and irritation of tendons in the knee area. Though knee tendonitis often goes untreated, it's actually the most common form of knee injury.
-The treatment of the condition involves rest, isolation and slowly easing back into activity.

How does this affect Nadal and how should he "manage" his career?
He should be NOT be playing exhibitions and any tournaments that truly don't further his career while tendonitis is in the background. Playing the exhibition last week was a bad decision. Since this came into light last year (really), he has done nothing to limit his schedule and eliminate non-essential tournament playing time (and non-ATP sanctioned events)...All while complaining that his body was breaking down.

The result? A poorly timed withdrawal at the biggest and most important tennis tournament in the world.

This could have been avoided with better tournament/exhibition management.
This isn't a torn ACL...It's Tendonitis.
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on June 19, 2009 at 9:04pm
But Mark,
How will his knees ever heal if he keeps playing and destroying them?
Shouldn't he take a break and rebuild his knees at this point?
Comment by Mark Oskar on June 19, 2009 at 4:20pm
Nice post Mr.Mayor!
Nadal's game is brash and will shorten his career for certain. However, I'm thoroughly disapointed in this decision to not defend his title.

He notes not 100%, he notes however that his knees are better than 2 weeks ago. Nadal also notes that "it's not terrible" (or something to that effect)...He also notes that if he feels he can't win, he won't play. See Chariots of Fire - "If I can't win, I won't run"...Response "If you don't run...You CANT WIN".

Knee injuries ultimately ended my competitive playing so I know all about playing through bad knees...But assuming anything better than 50% for Nadal (I'm assuming he's 70-80%)...He better damn well get out there and attempt to defend the title of the biggest tennis title in the world.

It's a total shame.

Comment by mikeindo on June 19, 2009 at 3:27pm
Nadal but shouldnt just hand fed the trophy yet (although i will anyway). Fed can reclaim #1 as well, i read.

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