This is hardly the first time Rafael Nadal’s body has betrayed him. That much we know. What no one — not even the 22-time Grand Slam champion himself — can possibly pinpoint accurately is what comes next.
First things first: How seriously did Nadal injure his hip during a 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 loss to 65th-ranked Mackenzie McDonald in the Australian Open’s second round on Wednesday? Was there damage to a muscle, joint or cartilage? What will recovery entail? When might Nadal return to the ATP Tour?
He will get medical tests done to try to figure out some of the answers. What no MRI or X-ray can reveal, what no doctor can determine, is perhaps the most vital question of all: How much more of this sort of thing is he willing to put up with? “I went through this process too many times in my career and I am ready to keep doing (it), I think,” Nadal said after his earliest exit from a major tournament in seven years, “but that’s not easy, without a doubt.”
It is only natural that folks will wonder what this all means for his future, especially with the retirements of Roger Federer and Serena Williams still top of mind.
Nadal turns 37 in 4 1/2 months. The wear and tear produced by his punishing brand of play-each-point-as-if-it-might-be-the-last is undeniable. So, perhaps, is the psychological toll of the work it takes to be able to compete at the level to which he has grown accustomed.
“Sometimes it’s frustrating. Sometimes it’s difficult to accept,” a downcast Nadal said. “Sometimes you feel super tired about all this stuff, in terms of injuries.” Over the past 12 months alone, he has been troubled by damaged rib cartilage … and by chronic pain in his left foot that was dulled via nerve-numbing injections during his title run at the French Open … and by a torn abdominal muscle that forced him to pull out of Wimbledon.
“It’s a tough moment. It’s a tough day,” he said. “I can’t say that I am not destroyed mentally at this moment, because I would be lying.” Nadal explained that his left hip was so bad Wednesday, he couldn’t hit a backhand or run much at all. He considered quitting but played on because he was the reigning champion.
Nadal also was seeded No. 1 at Melbourne Park, because top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz is out with a leg injury. (As an aside: All of the absences, for various reasons, are staggering: Naomi Osaka, Ash Barty, Simona Halep, Venus Williams, Nick Kyrgios.)McDonald, a 27-year-old American who won NCAA singles and doubles titles for UCLA in 2016, claimed only four total games during a loss to Nadal the other time they played, nearly 2 1/2 years ago.
McDonald said his emotions Wednesday after the biggest victory of his career were “a little more flat and stale than I thought they would be.” Why? “Because,” McDonald said, “of the circumstances.” This was not a Nadal at the height of his powers.
He has won two of his last nine matches, dating to a fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe at the U.S. Open in September.
“I definitely thought it was an opportunity. … He seems a step slow,” McDonald said. “Look, he’s doing his best. I mean, he’s a great champion. He’s trying to make the most of what he can do. He’s (almost) 37 out here. His body’s not what it used to be, I’m sure. I definitely think now is the best time to be playing him.” With so much unknown right now, Nadal offered a bit of insight when he was asked what motivates him to do what’s required to keep returning from injury.
“It’s a very simple thing: I like what I do. I like playing tennis. I know it’s not forever. … I like to fight for the things that I have been fighting for almost half of my life or even more,” Nadal said. “When you do things that you like to do, at the end of the day, it’s not a sacrifice. You are doing the things that you want to do.”
Tottenham vs Manchester City, Premier League Live Streaming: When and Where | Football News
Manchester City will face off against Tottenham in the Premier League match on Sunday. Both teams are coming off having secured victories in their previous matches. The City overpowered Wolves 3-0 in their previous match while the Tottenham defeated Fulham 1-0 in their last game.
Heaveyweights Manchester City are currently placed in the second position with 45 points. On the other hand, Tottenham are at the fifth spot with 36 points. The City team are in tremendous form having lost just three matches this season.
As the likes of stars Cristian Romero, Harry Kane, Ivan Perisic, Kevin De Bruyne and Jack Grealish are expected to participate, the contest offers plenty of excitement for the fans.
Here are the live streaming details:
When will the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham take place?
The Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2023.
Where will the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham be held?
The Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will be held in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
What time the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham start?
The Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will start at 10:00 PM IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham?
The Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will be broadcast on Star Sports network.
Where will the live streaming of the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham be available?
The live streaming of the the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham will be available on Disney+ Hotstar app and Jio TV.
Habitat for Humanity organises 4th edition of Charity Golf Tournament in Mumbai
Habitat for Humanity India, a leading housing non-profit organisation, organised the fourth edition of its charity golf tournament at the prestigious Willingdon Sports Club in Mumbai. The proceeds from the charity golf tournament will be used to build energy-efficient homes in Maharashtra.
Corporate executives and prominent business personalities participated in this charity golf tournament. Names like Harsh Mariwala, Founder and Chairman – Marico; Tarun Rai, Executive Director Strategic Initiatives, APAC – Wunderman Thompson; Dev Bhattacharya, Group Executive President – Aditya Birla Group; Harjit Singh Chauhan, Chief Executive Officer – Tata Teleservices; Akshay Kilachand, Kilachand Group; Ajith Sundaresh, Finance Lead for Global Delivery and Chief Financial Officer for India and Philippines, Wells Fargo; Sudhir Jain, Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer – Bank of America and Nikhil Srivastava, Partner and Managing Director, Head of India Private Equity at PAG participated in the Charity Golf Tournament.
“Those of us who have always lived in adequate housing may not have seen firsthand the struggles that many people endure every day just to survive without the protection of a house. I feel privileged to be part of this cause. Energy-efficient homes will definitely help people in need of decent shelter build strength, stability and self-reliance,” said Ajit Agarkar, former Indian cricketer.
Commenting on the Charity Tournament, Dr. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India said, “Energy-efficient homes are the key to mitigate the impact of climate change. Through the fourth edition of the Charity Golf Tournament, we aim to build awareness and mobilise resources for the building energy-efficient housing for families from the low income group. By building homes that are designed to conserve energy and resources, we are not only creating a safer and more comfortable living environment, but also reducing the financial burden on families and communities. I want to thank all the participants who took their time off to support this urgent cause.”
Lionel Messi’s goal helps PSG beat Toulouse 2-1 | Football News
After Lionel Messi’s second-half goal helped a lackluster Paris Saint-Germain beat Toulouse 2-1 to move eight points clear at the top of the French league, the team was urged to lighten their superstar’s load.
Messi struck with a typical curling strike in the 57th minute following a move with Morocco right back Achraf Hakimi, who drew PSG level late in the first half after free kick specialist Branco van den Boomen put Toulouse ahead in the 20th.
PSG was without injured forwards Kylian Mbappé and Neymar and relied heavily on Messi, who hit the post during stoppage time. Without Messi, who has hit 98 goals for Argentina, PSG would have struggled more.
“Messi was a very important driving force for us, given his goal and the chances he created. I’m asking the team to play for him and to work for him. He must be relieved of certain duties,” coach Christophe Galtier said.
“His teammates must intensify their efforts to win the ball back and to create spaces, so that he can spray around his passes which are so rare.”
PSG needs Messi with Bayern Munich coming up on Feb. 14 in the first leg of their round-of-16 game in the Champions League.
Mbappé is out for at least three weeks after sustaining a left thigh tear. Neymar is having treatment for a sore adductor and missed his second straight game. PSG’s injury woes increased when Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches went off injured early with a thigh injury.
PSG had lost two and drawn one of its previous five matches, and fell behind in the 20th when Van den Boomen’s free kick from the right flew past stranded goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma into the left corner.
After Marquinhos hit the post with a header from Messi’s corner, PSG equalized with a fine 20-meter strike from Hakimi in the 38th.
But Marquinhos appeared offside on Messi’s goal, to the frustration of sarcastic-sounding Toulouse coach Philippe Montanier.
“I don’t know the rules of refereeing so well but I did play in goal for 30 years,” he said. “So I know that it’s difficult when a player gets in the way of the ball.”
Kosovo winger Edon Zhegrova equalized with a volley and set up substitute Rémy Cabella’s volleyed goal in the 85th minute as Lille won at Rennes 3-1 to move two points behind Rennes in fifth spot.
After scoring in the third minute in midweek, forward Amine Gouiri netted after only 28 seconds for Rennes.
Also, Alexandre Lacazette scored his 13th goal of the campaign — level with Mbappé — as Lyon won at Troyes 3-1.
Second-placed Marseille needs to beat Nice at home on Sunday to stay five points behind PSG ahead of their clash on Feb. 26.
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