Adieu, Rafa: 9-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal pulls out with injury

PARIS – For a decade, Rafael Nadal ruled Roland Garros the way no other man has dominated any Grand Slam site. On Friday, his powerful left wrist wrapped in a blue brace, Nadal delivered the surprising news he was withdrawing before his third-round...
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Rafael Nadal withdraws from French Open due to injured wrist

The 2016 French Open will now be without the most successful singles player in its history. Rafael Nadal announced Friday that he is withdrawing from the tournament due to a wrist injury. Nadal, 29, said he attempted to play through his wrist injury, but continuing to do so could result in a more significant injury. Nadal did not explicitly say what the problem in his wrist is...
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9-time champion Nadal out of French Open with injured wrist

PARIS (AP) Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament on Friday, citing an injury to his left wrist. He announced his withdrawal the day before he would have been scheduled to play in the third round. The left-handed Spaniard wore a blue brace on his wrist during what he called ''one of the toughest press conferences in my career.'' Nadal...
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French Open: Williams sisters advance; Nadal notches milestone victory

PARIS -- First it was Serena Williams' turn to overpower an opponent 6-2, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Shortly after that was over Thursday, her older sister Venus entered the very same French Open arena and won by the very same score.A bit like old times, n'est-ce pas?"It's a little surreal sometimes, because it has been so long. They've both been out here almost 20 years," said...
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Rafael Nadal hits insane shot through legs

Rafael Nadal coasted to victory against Sam Groth in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday and, like usual, he hit a few sick shots while doing so. Nadal won easily, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, and put on a show for fans in the dominant effort. Not too many could make the shot he pulled off in the third set for a winner, and you need to see it. After Groth hit the ball over his head which...
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WATCH: Rafael Nadal hits brilliant between-legs shot at French Open

On his way to a breezy first-round win against Sam Groth, Rafael Nadal once again showed why he’s the King of Clay. Near the end of the one-sided match (he won 6-1, 6-1, 6-1), Nadal chased down a shot by Groth and made a return for the ages.   The shot was so brilliant, even Roth had nothing to offer in return but a smile. You just cannot do anything to combat that kind of spectacular...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

French Open 2016 Roundtable

What's Your Takeaway From The 2016 Clay Season?   Jonathan D'Rozario, Head Tennis Writer: Change is coming. I don't know whether that's in the form of a transformed Murray, a resurgent Nadal, or a Cinderella-esque run to glory for one of the young guns (Nishikori in particular has played well this clay season), but something's coming. Maybe not in time for a French Open surprise...
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Nadal back in Paris, no title to defend, no Federer to face

PARIS (AP) Through the years, Rafael Nadal grew accustomed to a couple of givens at the French Open: He would arrive as the defending champion, and Roger Federer would be somewhere in the draw, often awaiting a showdown in the final. This time around, neither is the case. Federer withdrew a few days before Sunday's start of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, ending his record...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Why this year's French Open is the biggest of Rafael Nadal's career

Rafael Nadal will go down in tennis history as one of the greatest clay court players the game has ever seen. The Spaniard has won a record nine French Open titles and often dominates the entire clay court season.But much has changed for Nadal in the past two years. Nadal last won the French in 2014 and has not been the same player since. His body started to fail him, cracking under...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

French Open Last Chance For Nadal Comeback

For tennis players, the decline can be especially turbulent. The end is almost never pretty. Players past their prime in this sport do not get to win another major title. They lure the crowd in before inevitably crumbling. In tennis, once you begin the descent, you do not usually get to climb back up top. But when a revolutionary and universally revered player like Rafael Nadal begins...
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April 17, 2016  |  Discuss

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