News of the day – updated throughout the day.
Nadal out of hospital
Less than 48 hours after having an appendectomy, Rafael Nadal was out of the clinic in Barcelona, and off to start recovering, a process which is expected to take 3-4 weeks before he can get to the business of training for the 2015 season.
— Pablo Bosch (@PabloBoschG) November 5, 2014
Pat Rafter gets big Tennis Australia job
The former U.S. Open champ, currently the Australian Davis Cup captain, will take over as director of performance on Feb. 1 – which happens to be the day of the men’s singles final at the Australian Open.
It’s a position that has been vacant a long time. And it will involve not only Rafter relocating his family to Sydney or Melbourne, but also to get involved on the women’s side in Australia, which is brand-new territory for him.
In the meantime, as a wise sage on Twitter pointed out, the U.S. Tennis Association still has not named a replacement for the departed Patrick McEnroe as director of high performance.
Melanie Oudin to have heart procedure
The 23-year-old American, who has had enough issues during her short professional career to write a book, Tweeted this on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, I have to have a heart procedure done tomorrow morning. I’m a little nervous since this is my first surgery ever so if you — Melanie Oudin (@melanie_oudin) November 5, 2014
Guys could say a quick prayer for me that all goes well, I would really appreciate it. Thanks, love you guys! — Melanie Oudin (@melanie_oudin) November 5, 2014
From this story, published a few hours ago, Oudin has been dealing with an accelerated heartbeat, at times.
She is also going to have surgery on her eye. And from the sounds of it, it’s a pterygium – and that’s a nasty thing. Jennifer Capriati is just one of several players to have dealt with this, and it’s a great advertisement for wearing sunglasses outside for the 99 per cent of players who don’t wear them.
Basically, they have to scrape the thing off your eyeball, and there’s no guarantee it won’t come back.
A year ago, around this time, Oudin was struck down with a bizarre ailment, rhabdomyolysis, which resulted in the rupturing of muscles in both her arms.
It was put down to overtraining with weights; she didn’t start her 2014 season until mid-March.
Can it be only five years ago that Oudin was the darling of the U.S. Open? She’s currently ranked No. 165.
Hey everyone, the procedure went extremely well today! I’m sore and struggled getting up from the anesthesia but I pic.twitter.com/vLhpA6nTRU
— Melanie Oudin (@melanie_oudin) November 7, 2014
New kit for H&M’s Tomas Berdych
Classic press-release quote from Berdych (NO chance he actually said this):
“I love how this collection brings together fashion and technolog. The basis of a good collaboration is being able to understand each other, to listen and to share objectives. I’m really pleased that our collaboration works so well.”
After some early mistakes (we’ll remember the Argentine soccer referee in Oz), Berdych’s H&M kits have been interesting – especially considering how dull the competition has been the last few years, especially the big two.
And it’s fun to note the recurring theme of Berdych having his name on his shorts – better than a grease pencil, to make sure he doesn’t lose them.
Sorry, folks, she’s off the market.
The gorgeous Mandy Minella of Luxembourg is a married woman, after getting hitched to Tim Sommer Oct. 17.
Yes, he’s her coach. So not an original move 🙂
Azarenka giving Milos some crazy ideas
Somehow, we’re confident it won’t come to this:
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) November 4, 2014
ICYMI – Polar Bear Genie
Cute Halloween costume (and she had two fellow polar bear-ettes with her)