Nice article on Nadal’s training.

Thanks to commenter rikyu@yahoo.com for pointing out this article on Rafa’s training regimen. Interesting comments from his camp…another question, Fed, Djokovic, and Nadal were all asked to support year-round ‘roid testing and Nadal was the only one who thought it was “an invasion of privacy.”

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4 thoughts on “Nice article on Nadal’s training.

  1. Rikyu says:

    Some notable quotes on PEDs:

    “Elite sport is lucrative for players and there have been instances in other sports where the temptation to reach the top by
    unfair means has been too great. However, we have no evidence that it’s the case in tennis. Tennis is a difficult sport to categorise in terms of its physiological demands and therefore the type of substances that players could see as key to giving them success. Tennis has a number of contributors to success. It has endurance, speed, agility but it also has skill. You can’t be a great player without a significant amount of skill, and that in itself helps tennis be a little more confident that there isn’t widespread abuse of designer substances that we don’t yet know about.”
    Stuart Miller, Head of ITF Anti-Doping, 2007
    http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_27465_original.PDF

    “If baseball has a problem,” Selig says, “I must say candidly that we were not aware of it. It certainly hasn’t been talked about much. But should we concern ourselves as an industry? I don’t know, maybe it’s time to bring it up again.”
    -Bud Selig, 1995
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1208/is_n30_v219/ai_17320724/?tag=content;col1

    “I don’t know if steroids are going to help you in baseball. I just don’t believe it. I don’t believe steroids can help eye-hand coordination [and] technically hit a baseball.”
    — Barry Bonds, Jan. 22, 2005
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=hruby/060512

    • problemsolvergene says:

      I still hold that the eye is a muscle and indeed, steroids improve how well you see a moving object (how come Bonds’ percentage of contact improved and his power-usually you hit for percentage, see Derek Jeter, or you hit for power, see Hank Aaron, but rarely do you hit for both!). As for tennis, all the top players have skill to hit a ball and hit it well, but if you can get to more balls and hit them from awkward positions well, then that is all the edge you need to go from losing (5 points in a match difference) to winning easily. Thanks for the quotes!

      • Rikyu says:

        Fully agree with you, Gene. If you can run everything down, swing your racket faster, push off with more strength from awkward positions, muscle through the ball, generate more top spin, and never get tired, even an high level player with average elite (versus, let’s say, Federer’s amazing natural talent) skills can transform themselves into journeyman player into a top ten star by becoming the equivalent of playing against a brick wall.

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