Birthday boy Rafael Nadal has, amongst other things, won his place in the quarterfinals today, beating Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
The opening set saw some brilliant play from Kei and some continuing worrying signs of poor form from Rafa before he finally started swinging his forehand and asserting himself.
So far Nadal’s tournament has been characterized by unusual conservative play with the Spaniard himself saying he felt more anxious than normal. Read more
Rafael Nadal has safely moved through to the third round of the Australian Open after beating the returning Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Haas gave a great performance given how little tennis he has played because of various injuries over the last few years. Haas battled back from 0-4 down in the first set and held a break point chance to level at 5-5 before Nadal closed out the first set, and eventually the match. Read more
Yep, you read the title right. Nadal’s heavily strapped knee is the result of a chair related injury. The Spaniard says yesterday he was sitting down and when he went to get up he heard a crack in the knee and experienced such severe pain and restriction in movement he had an MRI to see if he would be able to play.
Not only is this injury more random than Murray’s bum injury while sleeping it also must have been pretty severe pain for Rafa to describe it the way he did given the way the world number two handles pain. Just think of how he quietly slipped under the table when he was cramping at the US Open. Other players would have yelped, maybe cried but not Rafa.
How much of a problem this knee situation is, on top of his intermittent shoulder problems, remains to be seen. He did appear to be in fine form today taking just an hour and 46 minutes to beat American Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. Read more
This years men’s Roland Garros draw has the potential to produce a great tournament with some really interesting match ups if the seeds perform. The fluctuating recent form of the top male players doesn’t give me much hope of this happening but lets look at the draw anyway.
The really interesting first round matches are: Read more
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Seeing as you guys enjoyed the post 10 Hottest Male Tennis Players so much here’s another one.
In the previous post Tennis Perspective praised the good form and phenomenal bodies of: Fernando Verdasco, Rafael Nadal, Feliciano Lopez, Novak Djokovic, Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Tommy Robredo, Tomas Berdych, Tommy Haas and Roger Federer.
In no particular order here’s five of some of tennis’ other pretty boys. Read more
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Tommy Haas, who had a career high ranking of number two, is making a return to the ATP tour after hip surgery and PRP treatment for his chronic patella tendinitis. (What is PRP? – click here) Haas also had elbow surgery in March last year.
After more than a year off the competitive circuit, in which time his fiance Sara Foster gave birth to a baby girl, Valentina, Haas is planning to return to the tour in Munich. Tommy will only play doubles at the event with Radek Stepanek. Read more
Tommy Haas, his six pack and family, including the extremely cute Valentina, have been on holidays in Indian Wells as Tommy continues his rehab. Apparently Tommy is also ready to return to the courts.
Looking forward to it!
Tommy Haas is taking steps towards getting back on the ATP circuit by hitting with Pete Sampras, Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey in LA. He’s also been practicing with Richard Berankis at the Bolletteri Academy as he attempts to strengthen his knees over 12 months after having hip surgery.
Tommy Haas has released photos of his festive season where he and friends and family – including baby daughter Valentina – hit the slopes for some skiing fun.
Haas continues to work on his knee and hip rehabilitation with the hope of returning to the ATP circuit soon. He is currently ranked 372.
Tommy Haas has just posted some photos on Facebook of his baby girl Valentina who was born a few weeks ago. Haas has kept the babies name a secret since her birth. The photos were taken for BUNTE magazine (a German publication) which has been released, allowing some of the photos to be shared with fans. Read more