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  1. Henk
    Henk December 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm |

    I fully support DelPo in this, but then again I’m not much of a Davis Cup fan.
    I’m really excited for some DelPo success next year however, and I don’t want him to do anything to jeopardize that!

    As for Nadal, ouch! I really hope he comes back in time for the clay season, because I really really want him to win RG #8 (that would make him the first person to win 8 of the same GS, no?).

  2. Greekster
    Greekster December 29, 2012 at 4:18 pm |

    In regards to Nadal, I am done with the daily updates on the guy. He will play when he is mentally ready to play and thats that. Until then, I am focusing on those Players who are playing whether it be the proven stars or the up and comers who are on the verge of a breakthrough.

    For Delpo, I agree Juan, that from the sounds of it, it appears to be a Captian/Player conflict. Looks like the Captain wants to show he is in charge. Delpo is a young Player and I dont think him playing Davis Cup takes anything away from his ability to win Masters or Majors on tour. I would think it would help him, in that, in playing in big Davis Cup matches and pressure situations would only better prepare him for when he encounters the same big time matches and pressure situations and vice versa.

  3. Jewell
    Jewell December 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm |

    “These squabbles over Davis Cup are decades old. They’ve never had a galvanizing force, under whom everybody else forgets about their egos and becomes an actual team. There are always factions between the players, the coaches and the federation, and it seems an impossibility for them to get it together and make the most out of the talent they’ve been given. Everybody involved shares the blame.”

    This, and it’s a huge part of why they haven’t won it yet despite having the players, despite getting themselves into great positions – final at home in 2008, facing Spain without Spain’s best player, for example. Still…part of me quite likes that they haven’t won it. It’s just one of those interesting story threads in tennis.

  4. Aube
    Aube December 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm |

    I suffer far more with disrespectful comments that people spew on injured athletes than my missing Nadal for instance.If you’re not in someone’s shoes even if he tells you that I have a headache and I can’t play you should have enough compassion in you to take him for his words and wish him “get well soon”…and I can really do without the wicked comments attached to his absence…

    Yes I will miss Rafa and I know that tennis will not be the same without him for me but still he could take all his time to come back as far his health is concerned,I’m not going to be selfish and want him to come back at all costs,besides no fans have the luxury of deciding of a player’s decisions,tennis is the most individual sport that could ever be,so he reserves the right to come back when he chooses….happens what may!!!

    Of course he will need to work harder to make it back to the top but that’s what champions do,and as far as grinding is concerned, with Nadou baby “it’s not to an old monkey that you will teach tricks”,he’s got plenty in his satchel:).He’s already demonstrated to the world what a brave heart he is so I have no doubt when he comes back he will be ready to do whatever it takes to be competitive…

  5. Fernando
    Fernando December 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

    Fernando says too much drama and egos with the great and proud Argentinians in Davis Cup but must grow up and work together no?

    The Bull’s withdrawl is a major disappointment. This we cannot deny. But please no stories. We were ready to play and win OZ. Rafa has a very bad stomach virus and the withdrawal is a fitness issue and not a knee issue. If your fitness is not 100 percent in a Grand Slam your technique breaks down and this is when injuries come.

    Uncle Toni and Fernando have said all along that, this time, Rafa will not come back until he is 100 % and not a moment sooner. And there will be no more stomach problems. The team has finally agreed to allow Fernando’s personal chef to cook for Rafa.

    We remain confident. We remain resolute. We are not discouraged. We are looking at the long term and are patient. The Humble Bull has plenty of time. 2013 will be a special year.

    What is another month in the life of a tennis player for the ages -Rafael Nadal.

    I am Fernando @vivafernando

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