You have to wonder how severe the injury is for world number one Novak Djokovic to end up in tears over a sprained ankle.
These boys are used to playing with pain every day. They’re used to running on blisters that the rest of us wouldn’t even dream of taking weight on and Novak has certainly improved his mental toughness over the last few years but he did loose it over the horrible ankle sprain he suffered during yesterdays Davis Cup match.
‘Injuries are part of the sport and you try to avoid them as an athlete as much as you can. The nature of the injury is still to be determined.
One hour, one hour and a half after the end of the match, all I can say is it Read more »
Boy Djokovic is lucky he’s so bendy because the slow-mo replay of this ankle sprain is savage!!
It was bound to happen eventually given his dynamic movement on court and the way he slides on a hard court but it’s still hard to watch.
Somehow he’s still playing.
Australia’s Davis Cup selections will come down to a battle of the wills that it sounds like Pat Rafter is determined to win, refusing to let the cocky, but talented, 20 year old call the shots.
During the Australian Open Bernard Tomic sounded like a petulant child when describing his potential contribution to the Davis Cup team, essentially saying that Pat would hear from him when Bernard wanted to play. Read more »
Bernard Tomic has repeatedly accused the Queensland police of deliberately treating him unfairly. The top Australian player who Pat Rafter refused to use in Davis Cup until he started behaving better has again broken the law and lost his license. Tomic will face traffic court for two offenses on Australia Day.
After his previous infringements Tomic had 1 point remaining on his license and was placed on a 12 month good behaviour license. After being busted in his new yellow Ferrari (so much for not driving such a powerful car) he was fined $220 and docked 3 points and will face court to see how long he faces being without a license. Read more »
David Ferrer has halted the progress of giant killer Jerzy Janowicz and claimed his first Masters 1000 title, beating the Polish qualifier 6-4, 6-3. Ferrer has also become the first Spaniard to ever win the Paris title.
On his way to the final Jerzy took out Kohlschrieber, Cilic, Murray, Tipsarevic and Simon and put on an impressive display of power serving during the match but was not enough for the consistent Spaniard. Read more »
When asked if he plans to participate in the Barclays World Tour Finals or the Davis Cup finals in what would be his first matches since Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal has said “Impossible, no. But difficult, yes.”
For the first time in some weeks Nadal has said that he’s starting to feel the positive effects of all the work he’s been putting in to his rehabilitation from Hoffa’s disease and a tear of his patella tendon. Read more »
Here’s a little something for the Spanish fans out there. These videos are from the 2011 Davis Cup celebrations and as you can see the boys were perhaps…. a little dusty.
You’ve got Nadal busting a few moves that make me think he really wasn’t lying when he said he’s now not as shy as he used to be as he snuggles up to Marc Lopez and Felicano Lopez – at one point looking like he was practicing some clumsy pick pocketing on Feli.
But it’s all for fun so lets have a giggle as we see these boys let their hair down.
Over the last few days there has been plenty of speculation about the state of Rafael Nadal’s knees since he withdrew from the US Open. Quotes from his PR agent denied an injury and state he simply wasn’t fit. Other stories indicated he should be fit for Davis Cup in September, while others revealed a more worrying story (apparently from Uncle Toni) that they were trying to manage Rafa’s knees conservatively to avoid surgery.
It has long been my view, and many other peoples, that Nadal needed an extended break to not only lengthen his career but to preserve the long term health of his knees. It appears that is finally what is happening. Read more »
At the Hopman Cup behind the scenes Mardy Fish was irritable and demanded answers from his team as to what he could do to lift his level and find some form as his body seemed to refuse to do what he wanted.
Just a few months later word was that Fish was struggling with a serious health issue but there was not a lot of information about what the issue was. Good friend Andy Roddick jumped to his defense when it was suggested that the American players were avoiding the European clay. Read more »