Found March 04, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
PLAYERS: Rafael Nadal
By Romi Cvitkovic NEW YORK, NY (March 4, 2013) – In town to participate in the BNP Paribas Showdown as part of World Tennis Day, Rafael Nadal spoke candidly about his return to the hard court, the “worst part” about his rehabilitation and thoughts on his upcoming schedule. (Full presser gallery at bottom) Arriving in a room full of media and distinguished guests, including 2013 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductees Cliff Drysdale and Charlie Pasarell, Nadal went for a more dressed-down look in a Nike hoodie and cap. As Nadal began answering questions, I noticed a new demeanor and focus in him. Despite sometimes being overly-critical or even agitated at post-match press conferences, today Nadal smiled more freely and carried himself with an air of pure joy. He just came off of a title-winning week in Acapulco and truly feels “lucky” to be back on a tennis court and playing competitively again, and it translated in his attitude today. Nadal admitted that the first half of his 20...

Nadal ready to test knee after injury

Rafael Nadal plans to test his fragile knee on the hard courts at Indian Wells to determine his playing schedule for the rest of the spring. The 11-time Grand Slam champion will play an exhibition against Juan Martin del Potro later Monday, his first chance to compete at Madison Square Garden. But when he heads to the hard courts for an official match later this week at Indian Wells...

Rafael Nadal ready to test knee on hard courts

Rafael Nadal plans to test his fragile knee on the hard courts at Indian Wells to determine his playing schedule for the rest of the spring. The 11-time Grand Slam champion feels encouraged about his comeback from injury after the past week, when he finally felt he could move freely. He dominated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, the world's fourth-ranked player, to win the Mexican...

Girl charms Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro

9-year-old Rebecca Suarez stole the show at the BNP Paribas Showdown Monday night in New York City with her tennis skills. Suarez took her skills to the tennis court where she found herself in the middle of a match which also featured lesser known names such as Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro and Ben Stiller. The quick match happened as Nadal chose Stiller as his partner and...

Nadal Returns to Hard Court Play at the BNP Paribas Open This Weekend

    (March 4 2013) NEW YORK, NY – Rafael Nadal will play his first hard court event since his return to the tennis tour later this week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Nadal was sidelined seven months due to a knee injury. He bgean his comeback on the “Golden Swing” [...]

Nadal tops Ferrer in Mexican Open final

Rafael Nadal surged past top seed and defending champion David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 in Saturday's final of the Mexican Open. Nadal's win was in a powerful performance that showed he has quickly returned to near his best after a knee injury. Ferrer was a three-time defending champion and had won 19 straight matches in this event, but he could find no answer to Nadal, losing to...

9-Year-Old Girl dominates Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro and Ben Stiller in Tennis Match

During an exhibition match between Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro at the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden things turned into a doubles match for a brief moment.  During the match, Nadal went to the stands and brought Ben Stiller out onto the court.  Not wanting to play shorthanded, del Potro went to the stands to look for help and picked out a 9-year-old...

Little girl steals the show in tennis match with Rafael Nadal, Ben Stiller & Juan Martin del Porto

A little girl was invited to play tennis against Ben Stiller, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Porto in Madison Square Garden, and she dominated.

Videos and Photos: Nadal, Del Potro, Williams and Azarenka take over New York City

By Romi Cvitkovic NEW YORK, NY (March 4, 2013) – Sunday night at Madison Square Garden was a night to remember as the BNP Paribas Showdown took over a packed venue with help from tennis players Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro, and countless entertaining on-court moments. The BNP Paribas Showdown was a part of a global tennis participation...
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