You express that well. I was expecting them to have made an announcement on the replacement very quickly after the Rafa withdrawal. Who is there who would be good enough to fill the gap? I assume all those better than Tipsy were asked so next in line is Gasquet or Almagro both of whom would be entertaining and could be a threat. If they are not available then they are scrapping the barrel for good exhibition players.
Interesting that there are problems with flights due to fog. Watching AM might be delayed then until Brisbane? Never mind.
Have a good time until New Year.
I think we will see Andy OK. He's flying out to AD tonight, so fog may have lifted by the time he gets there.
Meanwhile, Tweet from Neil Harman of the Times re Rafa -
"He wasn't feeling well last week so not surprised @RafaelNadal has withdrawn from Abu Dhabi. Not sure Doha is a given eithe
I just wrote a scathing complaint to the organizers of this tournament. Don't really care much about Rafa though I wish him well but the incompetence of the organizers in the first place by making a mistake in the seeding and giving a bye to Rafa and not Andy is now biting them in their rear (trying to use a nicer word).
You are right Aileen and marathonarthur, they can't possibly give a bye to somebody who is lower ranked than Andy. I bought my tickets for the 27th solely because of Andy...well, I bought the entire 3 days ticket whilst keeping my fingers crossed Andy will be there up to the Finals.
Gasquet is playing Doha so it would be ideal for him to play in Abu Dhabi. They should try Simon if they can't get him.
Gasquet would be a good replacement. Surely, given Doha, he'll go for it, if asked? How I'd love to be a fly on the wall though seeing this lot running round like headless chickens if Gasquet or Simon refuse!