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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6840 on: February 20, 2009, 10:59:33 AM »
Nadal to lead Verdasco-less Spain in Davis Cup

BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was picked Friday to lead Spain against Serbia in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Nadal pulled out of next week’s Dubai Tennis Championships to recuperate from a slight strain to his right leg so that he could be ready for the best-of-five Davis Cup series March 6-8.

Spain captain Alberto Costa also chose David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo. Lopez and Robredo are expected to play doubles.

Nadal’s injury is just below the right knee. Tendinitis in that same knee forced the Australian Open champion to miss out on the Davis Cup final in November, when Spain beat Argentina for its third title in eight years.

Fernando Verdasco, who was the star of the final and pushed Nadal to five sets in the Australian Open semifinals, will miss the match due to an ankle injury.

Nadal, who is likely to come up against third-ranked Novak Djokovic in Benidorm, is still planning to play at Indian Wells after the Davis Cup.


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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6841 on: February 21, 2009, 11:08:22 AM »
February 21, 2009

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 8 years since a talented young kid from Mallorca first burst into the tennis scene.

It was the 24th of September of 2001 the first time the name of Rafael Nadal first appeared in the ATP entry rankings list, opening as the world No. 1002 tennis player in the world and finishing the same year as world No. 811.

When you look back then and examine his ‘rookie’ years it wouldn’t be so hard to believe that Rafa was capable of going far - VERY far. However, no-body, NO one in the world expected what was to come from the then 15 year old tennis ‘prodigy’.

He’s broken records like no other, and at only 22 years old, the world number one has done more than most legends of the sport did at his same age.


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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6842 on: February 21, 2009, 11:14:03 AM »
February 21, 2009

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 8 years since a talented young kid from Mallorca first burst into the tennis scene.

It was the 24th of September of 2001 the first time the name of Rafael Nadal first appeared in the ATP entry rankings list, opening as the world No. 1002 tennis player in the world and finishing the same year as world No. 811.

When you look back then and examine his ‘rookie’ years it wouldn’t be so hard to believe that Rafa was capable of going far - VERY far. However, no-body, NO one in the world expected what was to come from the then 15 year old tennis ‘prodigy’.

He’s broken records like no other, and at only 22 years old, the world number one has done more than most legends of the sport did at his same age.



fantastic........i heard that he actually entered the tour as a 14 year old in march 2001? that is amazing..........it would be great to find a few match videos of his very early days 2001, 2002.........
Marian Vajda to Novak Djokovic, "I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man KEPT COMING AFTER YOU! Now we don't need no man like that in our lives."

i demand french open to be renamed RAFAEL GARROS

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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6843 on: February 21, 2009, 11:28:28 AM »
February 21, 2009

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 8 years since a talented young kid from Mallorca first burst into the tennis scene.

It was the 24th of September of 2001 the first time the name of Rafael Nadal first appeared in the ATP entry rankings list, opening as the world No. 1002 tennis player in the world and finishing the same year as world No. 811.

When you look back then and examine his ‘rookie’ years it wouldn’t be so hard to believe that Rafa was capable of going far - VERY far. However, no-body, NO one in the world expected what was to come from the then 15 year old tennis ‘prodigy’.

He’s broken records like no other, and at only 22 years old, the world number one has done more than most legends of the sport did at his same age.



fantastic........i heard that he actually entered the tour as a 14 year old in march 2001? that is amazing..........it would be great to find a few match videos of his very early days 2001, 2002.........

he was actually injured for 2 of the French Opens that he wanted to play early on. may have made a decent run there if healthy.

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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6844 on: February 22, 2009, 03:19:12 PM »
22nd of February

Rafa Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Feliciano López and Nicolás Almagro (first reserve) have been chosen as the team that will represent Spain in the first round of the Davis Cup against Serbia from the 6th to the 8th of March in Benidorm.



The Spanish Armada is scheduled to travel to Beridorm on Sunday the 1st of March to start training at the stadium that has been put in place at the "Terra Mítica" park.


“I consider this team to be capable of winning”, was the statement that Albert Costa, the new Spanish Davis Cup Capitan gave at a press conference on Saturday after revealing the complete list of players that he’s chosen to play at next month’s tie.

Serbia is “a very difficult opponent that no-one wants to play in the first round. They are a very complete team, they have the number 3 player in the world, Novak Djokovic, then Janko Tipsarevic, a dangerous but equally irregular player; Nenad Zimonjic, best doubles player in the world at the moment; and Vicktor Troiki who is still in progress. Add to that the fact that they tend to get better when they represent their own country”, completed Costa.

The good news is that "we will have the courts available to us beforehand and therefore that will allow us to prepare ourselves in advance".

In regards to Rafa, he continues to be at home in Mallorca resting his knee, just like his doctor recommended. As usual, he is happy to be part of the Davis Cup team again and will do everything in his power to help his team win next month.

Vamos España!


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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6845 on: February 22, 2009, 11:43:35 PM »
February 21, 2009

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 8 years since a talented young kid from Mallorca first burst into the tennis scene.

It was the 24th of September of 2001 the first time the name of Rafael Nadal first appeared in the ATP entry rankings list, opening as the world No. 1002 tennis player in the world and finishing the same year as world No. 811.

When you look back then and examine his ‘rookie’ years it wouldn’t be so hard to believe that Rafa was capable of going far - VERY far. However, no-body, NO one in the world expected what was to come from the then 15 year old tennis ‘prodigy’.

He’s broken records like no other, and at only 22 years old, the world number one has done more than most legends of the sport did at his same age.



fantastic........i heard that he actually entered the tour as a 14 year old in march 2001? that is amazing..........it would be great to find a few match videos of his very early days 2001, 2002.........

he was actually injured for 2 of the French Opens that he wanted to play early on. may have made a decent run there if healthy.

And IMO won at least one of them


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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6846 on: February 23, 2009, 08:43:48 AM »
February 21, 2009

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 8 years since a talented young kid from Mallorca first burst into the tennis scene.

It was the 24th of September of 2001 the first time the name of Rafael Nadal first appeared in the ATP entry rankings list, opening as the world No. 1002 tennis player in the world and finishing the same year as world No. 811.

When you look back then and examine his ‘rookie’ years it wouldn’t be so hard to believe that Rafa was capable of going far - VERY far. However, no-body, NO one in the world expected what was to come from the then 15 year old tennis ‘prodigy’.

He’s broken records like no other, and at only 22 years old, the world number one has done more than most legends of the sport did at his same age.



fantastic........i heard that he actually entered the tour as a 14 year old in march 2001? that is amazing..........it would be great to find a few match videos of his very early days 2001, 2002.........

he was actually injured for 2 of the French Opens that he wanted to play early on. may have made a decent run there if healthy.

And IMO won at least one of them

foot injury and an elbow injury forced him out of at least 2 french opens. he has basically been injuring himself repeatedly since he was 17.

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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6847 on: February 23, 2009, 09:14:49 AM »
this was found on vamosbrigade.com:

Nadal as an Amazing Experience
by bluebird


“Almost anyone who loves tennis and follows the men’s tour on television has, over the last few years, had what might be termed Nadal Moments. These are times, as you watch the young Spaniard play, when the jaw drops and eyes protrude and sounds are made that bring spouses in from other rooms to see if you’re O.K.”

Thus wrote the late David Foster Wallace in August 2006. I’ve just updated the paragraph by changing the two highlighted words from, ‘he who must not be named’ the Voldemort of VB, as well as the country from which he hails…you get my drift, no?

The author wrote this ‘critically acclaimed’ piece “Federer as a Religious Experience” after the Roger won Wimbledon at the age of, um, 25. The author praised him for his “mental toughness and good sportsmanship” as well as for his “kinetic beauty.” Why do I imagine that a well-worn copy of this article is tucked in a certain Swiss player’s attaché and referred to frequently? I suppose if you read all your good press and take it to heart, you might begin to think you’re a god, no?

While the article (ten typewritten pages when you copy them) that appeared in the New York Times worshiped at the altar of Federer, there was ample space to call 20-year old Rafael Nadal “mesomorphic and totally martial” and that well-worn term “a clay-court specialist.” Wallace also wrote that Rafa “walks the baseline, like a convict expecting to be shanked.”

I’ll venture a guess that those mental images of Rafa were greeted with glee by Federer’s fans, but speaking for myself as a Rafa fan, pure disgust … a convict? C’mon! as Rafa would say.


 

Two years after that long piece much has changed. First, I don’t believe sports figures provide us with ‘religious experiences.’ They are merely human and have their ups and downs like the rest of us mere mortals.

What I do think (no, I know this) is that Rafael Nadal provides his fans with an “AMAZING EXPERIENCE.” I can count many positives that have come from following this young man’s game.

NADAL AS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. My three reasons this is the true:

1) Rafa is sportsmanship personified. I’m thankful for his example to young people…heck, I’m thankful for his example to me! He provides lessons in dealing with adversity, in looking for positives where only negatives seem to lurk, in working hard and striving to improve. His mantra is never ever give up. Remember, as elise’s avie says: "Never, ever, under any circumstances, on any surface, underestimate Rafael Nadal."


 

2) His humility is one of his most endearing qualities, his sense of humor can be wicked, and his respect for his opponents and fans is always at the forefront. The young man gives me hope for the future. It confirms that there are young people being raised with excellent family values, being taught right from wrong. His fine character shows respect toward his peers and elders rather than chest-beating and arrogance.


 

3) Rafa is beautiful to watch. In more ways than one, no? I like to see sweat and (appropriate) tears. I like to see superhuman effort, and excellent preparation rings my bell. I like passion and excitement and rising to the occasion. I like shots that are called “Unbelievable…how did he make that shot?!?” I also like to see biceps, but that’s another story! Rafa’s physical attributes are well known and duly noted on VB; but Rafa is oblivious to his obvious sex appeal which makes him even more precious.


 

OK there are 3 reasons but here’s one more…the icing on the cake…. vamosbrigade.com

4) If you’re a Rafa fan and your family and/or friends subject you to ‘eyerolling’ and they ‘just don’t get it’ you know you can find support and sustenance and lots of good pictures on vamosbrigade.com. Rafa has legions of amazing fans – especially on VB. Name me another fan site where respect and fun are the rule rather than the exception. Where rude language is not tolerated. Where cheering threads are full no matter what world time zone you’re in. Where creativity reigns and friendships blossom. Where you become friends with fans from England to Macedonia, Spain to Germany, the Philippines to Ireland, India to Brazil, and all across the USA. Yes indeed, it’s an AMAZING EXPERIENCE and the common thread is a 22 year old from Manacor, the world’s number one tennis player …
 


Rafael Nadal! Vamos!


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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6848 on: February 26, 2009, 09:16:46 AM »
This is one of the finest articles I've read and the intro is just what Nadalitis is  :))


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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6849 on: February 26, 2009, 12:54:23 PM »
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« Reply #6850 on: February 26, 2009, 01:57:53 PM »
This is one of the finest articles I've read and the intro is just what Nadalitis is  :))
Good stuff for sure!  He is certainly an asset to the ATP and tennis around the world. :)
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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6851 on: February 26, 2009, 07:52:13 PM »
This is one of the finest articles I've read and the intro is just what Nadalitis is  :))
Good stuff for sure!  He is certainly an asset to the ATP and tennis around the world. :)

yes Monstah man....actually with rafa, Fed and Murray not playing, the Dubai open looks a bit boring.


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« Reply #6852 on: February 27, 2009, 06:31:41 AM »
This is one of the finest articles I've read and the intro is just what Nadalitis is  :))
Good stuff for sure!  He is certainly an asset to the ATP and tennis around the world. :)

yes Monstah man....actually with rafa, Fed and Murray not playing, the Dubai open looks a bit boring.
I haven't seen any of the tourney yet, but there's bound to be some good matches amongst the remaining competitors.
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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6853 on: March 15, 2009, 06:21:45 PM »
Well, looks like Shank and Herc have dumped T4Y and moved on to bigger and better things or something. Herc used to tend this thread like a new baby, I guess it will slip to page 2 very soon and finally go off into the sunset.

Were they banned and I just didn't get the word?

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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6854 on: March 15, 2009, 06:28:14 PM »
Well, looks like Shank and Herc have dumped T4Y and moved on to bigger and better things or something. Herc used to tend this thread like a new baby, I guess it will slip to page 2 very soon and finally go off into the sunset.

Were they banned and I just didn't get the word?

 :confused1:

Herc was banned for a little while but he decided to go over to MTF when they lifted his ban (2/28).  I guess Shankar joined him.  Shankar wasn't banned from here.

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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6855 on: March 16, 2009, 05:26:21 AM »
Well, looks like Shank and Herc have dumped T4Y and moved on to bigger and better things or something. Herc used to tend this thread like a new baby, I guess it will slip to page 2 very soon and finally go off into the sunset.

Were they banned and I just didn't get the word?

 :confused1:
You could pick up the reins...
It wouldn't be that hard. ;-()
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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6856 on: March 16, 2009, 08:10:43 AM »
Well, looks like Shank and Herc have dumped T4Y and moved on to bigger and better things or something. Herc used to tend this thread like a new baby, I guess it will slip to page 2 very soon and finally go off into the sunset.

Were they banned and I just didn't get the word?

 :confused1:
There are Rafans left in T4U Yellowball  :cool: And I'm sure we can keep this thread alive and rocking  :))


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« Reply #6857 on: March 16, 2009, 07:13:53 PM »
We'll have to brush up on our trash talkin'!  :rofl_2:

I'm actually 100% for letting this thread slide into the sunset and keep everything in the Vamos Rafa thread.  This title "Clay Monster's Limitations" isn't accurate whereas Vamos, Rafa! is always accurate...  :)

We'll see how it goes. Doesn't make much difference.

Thanks, falcon, I didn't know where those boys went.  :rofl_2:  Herc and his protege moving on where they can irritate many hundreds more people.
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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6858 on: March 16, 2009, 07:35:38 PM »

I'm actually 100% for letting this thread slide into the sunset and keep everything in the Vamos Rafa thread.  This title "Clay Monster's Limitations" isn't accurate whereas Vamos, Rafa! is always accurate...  :)
We'll see how it goes. Doesn't make much difference.

Thanks, falcon, I didn't know where those boys went.  :rofl_2:  Herc and his protege moving on where they can irritate many hundreds more people.


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Re: Clay Monster's Limitations
« Reply #6859 on: April 04, 2009, 03:29:24 PM »
I just noticed that Herc hadn't posted anything since Feb. 22nd. Is everything OK with him? I was just wondering.