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(Yahoo)   Rafael Nadal beaten on clay court in Madrid, congratulates winner and leaves gracefully. Just kidding, he blames the court itself and threatens not to return next year. Fail tag used in absence of Douche tag   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 28
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2012-05-10 11:39:09 PM  
Both players are on the same court, ASSHOLE!
 
2012-05-11 05:54:02 AM  
To be fair, those clay courts are unsafe at any speed.

/see, I originally read it as Ralph Nader
 
2012-05-11 06:03:18 AM  
You won't come back next year?

1.bp.blogspot.com

You can't be serious.
 
2012-05-11 06:31:25 AM  

dkendr: Both players are on the same court, ASSHOLE!


BZZZT WRONG! Thanks for playing.

See this is a European clay court and as we all know Europeans drive on the opposite side of the road. It's very common for European tennis matches to be played on two adjacent courts where the players both stand on the same side of the net but on different courts. So I think Mr Nadal is correct in assuming there was something wrong with the court he was forced to play on.
 
2012-05-11 06:58:29 AM  
Nadal is typically pretty respectful to organizers and hosts, I'd wager there's something wrong with the courts.

Yes, they were both on the same court and no excuses etc...
 
2012-05-11 07:16:40 AM  
His quote was blown out of proportion by Subby.

FTA: ''Being able to move is very important for me and if I can't move well, I can't hit the ball well either,'' said Nadal, a two-time Madrid champion. ''If things don't change, this will be one less tournament on the calendar for me."
''This surface destabilizes the game. It is a completely different game and I don't want to take risks.''


He is not blaming the organizers or the court, just stating he does not want to play on that type of surface anymore. If he does not want to play on blue clay because it messes up his game and he thinks it's unsafe, then why should he show up? It isn't like the Madrid Open is a Grand Slam tournament.

On top of that, he politely waited at the net while his opponent celebrated, and respectfully shook hands with him and the umpire on his way off the court.
 
2012-05-11 07:33:38 AM  

gsiofa: On top of that, he politely waited at the net while his opponent celebrated, and respectfully shook hands with him and the umpire on his way off the court.


Agreed. I am not a fan of his, but he has had lots of injuries in his career. It's understandable he'd be sensitive about a court he felt was unsafe.
 
2012-05-11 08:32:34 AM  
Nadal making excuses for why he lost? Wow, I am shocked! Seriously, I don't think he's ever lost a match when he hasn't had some sort of injury. Now it's the court's fault. I guess every other player is expected to adjust their game for the surface, but Nadal has to have perfect conditions to perform. The organizers have already slowed down the Australian Open and Wimbledon so guys like him can stand 10 feet behind the baseline and still win. Now they try to speed up a clay court and he throws a fit.
 
2012-05-11 08:36:58 AM  
Clay courts suck.
 
2012-05-11 08:54:41 AM  
I don't think I've ever heard him complain before.

I did, however, see Federer complain during the US Open championship match a few years ago.

It's tough because a tennis player's career is short, and it's a sport that requires a lot of stamina and skill. Losing a few months at the wrong time due to injury can be disastrous.

SharkTrager: Clay courts suck.


They're the worst. You get shiat traction BY DESIGN, it's ridiculous.
 
2012-05-11 09:08:44 AM  

SigmaAlgebra: The organizers have already slowed down the Australian Open and Wimbledon so guys like him can stand 10 feet behind the baseline and still win.


Amen. Hate that sh*t.
 
2012-05-11 09:19:59 AM  

logggur: Nadal is typically pretty respectful to organizers and hosts, I'd wager there's something wrong with the courts.


mainstreet62: I don't think I've ever heard him complain before.


These. Nadal is usually very gracious. There are far douchier players in tennis, not to mention sports-at-large. Douche tag goes to you, subby.
 
2012-05-11 10:00:38 AM  
Nadal was going to lose. It was just a matter of time... And it had everything to do with the courts. Oh, but not because they are unfair or anything like that. He has been complaining about the blue courts since they were announced. He went in assuming that the courts were going to make him lose. One of the reasons he is so dominant on clay is because of his confidence. He always believed he was the best on clay and could beat anyone. Lack of confidence can have a significant impact on your play, and it played a significant role in his loss.
 
2012-05-11 10:02:21 AM  

CCCarnie: Lack of confidence can have a significant impact on your play


I've heard it said by people in the business that that is more true in tennis than any other sport.
 
2012-05-11 10:03:51 AM  

mainstreet62: I don't think I've ever heard him complain before.

I did, however, see Federer complain during the US Open championship match a few years ago.

It's tough because a tennis player's career is short, and it's a sport that requires a lot of stamina and skill. Losing a few months at the wrong time due to injury can be disastrous.

SharkTrager: Clay courts suck.

They're the worst. You get shiat traction BY DESIGN, it's ridiculous.


I love clay courts. but I agree, the blue clay and tru-clay courts are no fun. real clay is great to play on, the fake stuff can be a real let down. but, real clay is a biatch to maintain.
 
2012-05-11 10:04:41 AM  

The Muthaship: CCCarnie: Lack of confidence can have a significant impact on your play

I've heard it said by people in the business that that is more true in tennis than any other sport.


Either that or golf - basically any time you're completely alone on an island and can't draw on anyone else's strength, of course it's going to affect you most.

/in golf I think it would f*ck you the most on the greens
 
2012-05-11 10:08:12 AM  

IAmRight: in golf I think it would f*ck you the most on the greens


I'm sure.

The guy I talked to about it said there is virtually no difference in talent between the #5 player in the world, and #250. Other than confidence.

That guy also said if a plane holding all the world's ranked tennis players crashed, we'd all be better off.

He worked in professional tennis for 20+ years.
 
2012-05-11 10:28:56 AM  
Read 'Open' by Agassi... aside from the self-flagellation, competing with passive-aggressive self-aggrandizement, it's a good book.
 
2012-05-11 10:40:49 AM  
He is not blaming the organizers or the court, just stating he does not want to play on that type of surface anymore. If he does not want to play on blue clay because it messes up his game and he thinks it's unsafe, then why should he show up? It isn't like the Madrid Open is a Grand Slam tournament.

Well I was surprised that Nadal played in the Madrid Open because he's been complaining about the surface for weeks now.

It is a weird surface (I've been watching and am watching the tournament on ESPN3). It's ocean-blue, less dusty, more slippery, and they seem to spray water on it more often than the traditional red clay surface.
 
2012-05-11 10:49:31 AM  
BTW, Verdasco - the man who beat Nadal yesterday - is getting his ass kicked by Berdych today.
 
2012-05-11 11:27:53 AM  

AddictedToFoobies: Read 'Open' by Agassi... aside from the self-flagellation, competing with passive-aggressive self-aggrandizement, it's a good book.


pfft agassi... i miss watching jim courier play on clay courts. ;-)
 
2012-05-11 11:50:27 AM  
Clay court specialists are the Road Racing Specialists of the tennis world.
 
2012-05-11 11:58:25 AM  
Tennis seems to have the douchiest athletes out of any sport.

/that is all
 
2012-05-11 01:33:12 PM  
I love clay courts. but I agree, the blue clay and tru-clay courts are no fun. real clay is great to play on, the fake stuff can be a real let down. but, real clay is a biatch to maintain.

I hated going down on clay tho and having to scrub that crap out of my road rash. farks up your shoes too. The village I lived in in West Germany actually had a freaking football pitch made from a mixture of that red clay and the stuff they used on running tracks. It was like tackling on a belt sander.
 
2012-05-11 01:47:36 PM  
CAPTAIN CAPRI PANTS!
 
2012-05-11 02:03:48 PM  

drewogatory: I love clay courts. but I agree, the blue clay and tru-clay courts are no fun. real clay is great to play on, the fake stuff can be a real let down. but, real clay is a biatch to maintain.

I hated going down on clay tho and having to scrub that crap out of my road rash. farks up your shoes too. The village I lived in in West Germany actually had a freaking football pitch made from a mixture of that red clay and the stuff they used on running tracks. It was like tackling on a belt sander.


yeah... i've seen that before, when I lived in switzerland. I don't think that's a great surface for anything other than tennis. he had a basketball court over the local bomb shelter that was made out of a really weird surface. as your sweat got on the ball, it would start picking up the sand/clay/gravel and it would be like dribbling a ball made of sand paper.
 
2012-05-11 03:02:06 PM  
Novak Djokovic just got beat in the Madrid Open. The announcers mentioned afterward that he also had complained about the blue clay.
 
2012-05-13 08:30:49 PM  

browneye: Novak Djokovic just got beat in the Madrid Open. The announcers mentioned afterward that he also had complained about the blue clay.


The player who defeated Djokovic did not register any complaints about the court.
 
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