It was interesting to hear John Lloyd and Andrew Castle talking about Rafa briefly during Andy's semi with Smugfed. They didn't appear to buy into the stomach virus idea anymore than anyone else. They seemed to think that Rafa's knees are worse than he wanted to say.
I probably shouldn't say this, but I'm now at a point where I will believe Rafa is coming back to the game when he actually comes back. It's right, of course, that he should only come back when he is fit to play, but to my mind Rafa's team should have just said something along those lines, i.e. 'he'll be back when he is ready and not before', rather than this constant thing of saying he is coming back on such and such a time and then pulling out of tournaments.
Yes I recall Castle and Lloyd saying that too and though it was very interesting. I too will believe Nadal is back when he actually comes back and think the whole thing has been badly mismanaged by his team because it's given rise to all sorts of rumours, although I suppose it's inevitable that there would have been some speculation anyway. Also it wasn't just the time factor they messed up on but just exactly what the problem was, and s far as I can remember there have been three different explanations as to this.
I heard a rumour Nadal has replaced his knees and this procudure apparently takes about 6 to 8 months to fully recover. It varies person to person but that's the approximate time.
There we go - another rumour, although it wouldn't surprise me if this one is true, and also it fits the time scale perfectly. It would also fit in with Nadal's own statement, made shortly before his withdrawal from Aby Dhabi, that 'the injury hadn't yet fully healed.'
The stomach virus was the lamest I have ever heard. Obviously there's more to it than that.
One of the oldest excuses in the book that. In fact I used it myself occasionally when I fancied a couple of days off work, because nobody, unless they're close to the person, can really know for certain whether it's true or not.