Didn't he start this kind of things last time he was number 1? Back to the
top for only a few days and he is whingin' again already! :)
Nadal calls for less hard court tennis
No matter where Rafael Nadal goes at Queen's Club, there seems to be no
hiding place for the popular Spaniard.
His troublesome knees denied British fans a chance to see Nadal in full flow
last year as he ducked out of defending his titles at Queen's and Wimbledon.
Twelve months on and it seems that from the moment Nadal steps out of his
silver courtesy car at Queen's, he has a large group of fans snapping at his
Children are rewarded for their patience with a pat on their heads and in
case the seven-times grand slam champion had any doubts about his skills on
the tennis court, one little voice told him: "You're so good."
The Pied Piper of Queen's Club flashed his teeth at the observation but away
from the crowd, the smile disappeared as he grumbled about the prolonged
hardcourt season after making a winning comeback at Queen's on Wednesday.
"For me, the worst surface is hardcourt; not grass, not clay. Hardcourt is
very difficult, is very, very aggressive for the ankles, for the knees, for
the back, for everything," said the world number one, who was also forced to
retire injured during his Australian Open quarter-final this year.
Unfortunately for Nadal, apart from the two-month claycourt swing which
culminates with the French Open and the four-week run of grasscourt
tournaments, the rest of the tennis calendar is pre***ly made up of
Since maintaining hard surfaces is more cost-effective than clay and grass
courts -- which is why both the Australian and U.S. Open ditched the green
lawn from their venues -- it is unlikely Nadal's observation will carry any
"Seems like tennis is always moving to play more and more in these kind of
(hard) surfaces but my feeling is it's always a big mistake because the
grass is soft, the clay is soft, and the movements are more natural," said
Nadal, who in 2008 became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to complete
the French Open-Wimbledon double.
"On hard you (play) all the time very aggressive. That's bad for the knees
and for the ankles, for everything. I feel it worse when I play on hard and
than the rest of the surfaces."