Nadal to Miss Dubai Championships
January 3, 2010 · Print This Article
Nadal, who endured both knee and abdominal injuries in 2009, will take a three week break after playing the Rotterdam, Netherlands event.
“I don’t think [I’ll play in Dubai],” said Nadal. “It depends if I have very bad results in Doha, Australia and Rotterdam [in the coming month], then maybe, but it’s not on my calendar.
“I didn’t stop at the end of last season. I practised for two-and-a-half weeks and I hope to have good tournaments [before Dubai] and then have three weeks off later. I have to rest a little bit and prepare for playing the American season and clay season because after that there is no chance to stop.”
Nadal’s mature take on his schedule comes at a time where his fitness and health must remain at a premium.
“I don’t have a lot of chances to play less if I want to be at the top,” he said. “I don’t decide the calendar, it’s the ATP. I don’t have a lot of chances to choose where I’m going to play and what I’m going to play.
“This is my eighth year on tour and for the past five years I was one of the players who played the most matches – I didn’t have a lot of [injury] problems. Last year I had a few, but that’s normal if you consistently play at 100 per cent: the body sometimes says ‘stop’.
Nadal will begin his 2010 campaign against Simone Bolelli on Tuesday.
Quotes courtesy of www.business24-7.ae.