Interesting video of Rafael Nadal training recently in Manacor, where he is recovering from an abdominal injury
A little google translate action on the subtitles reveals that the abs are healed but Rafa needs to do some serious work on his serve:
“Rafa is recovered from his abdominal fissure, but now it is like starting from zero, the injury forced him to change the serve so as not to stress the abdominals”
You can see that he and Uncle Toni are working on his service motion in the video. (Can a Spanish speaker confirm – is the issue that Rafa needs a new serve to spare the abs from further harm, or is the issue that the painful ab injury made him serve funny and now he needs to find his old form again?)
Pending a medical exam on Wednesday, it’s looking likely that Rafa will be traveling to Beijing to take part in next week’s China Open. ***UPDATE*** The AP reports that the medical examination has cleared Nadal to resume playing. Click here to read more.****
Rafa says he’s also hopeful to play in the Davis Cup final, which will be held in Spain this December:
” ‘Davis Cup is an important goal, this year I played the first round, then I’ve been unlucky and I couldn’t be in the next two rounds. I hope to be in the final and help win it again.’ “ (via google translate)
What’s up with everyone having service issues, lately? Wonder if Maria and Ana can borrow Uncle Toni if things work out for Rafa.
***FINAL UPDATE*** Via Nadal’s website on Wednesday:
“Based on the medical tests done today in Barcelona, Rafa Nadal will return to competition next week. After long hours of tedious exams, it was concluded that Rafa is physically fit for competition.
He will travel tomorrow (Thursday) to Pekin where he will begin the end of the season, followed by Shanghai, Paris-Bercy, the Masters in London and finally, the final of the Davis Cup.”