James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds.
Roger Federer in press
By James Crabtree
MELBOURNE — Absence makes the heart grow fonder and in the case of the missing Rafael Nadal at the 2013 Australian Open, never has this been more apparent.
We miss the tenacity, ripping lasso forehand and underpants adjustment. We miss his various on court rituals, the tucking of his hair behind his headband, the wipe of his nose before he serves and water bottle realignment. We even, dare I say, miss his unique contribution to press conferences, no?
And we are constantly reminded of his absence by the posters and adverts that promised his presence.
Even Novak Djokovic misses his rival stating the nonattendance as “definitely a loss for the tournament, for tennis, for sport in general not to have Rafa playing still on the court. It’s been, what, seven months since he’s played his last off...