So you don't need me to tell you the big news of the day. But I will chime in with this:
I think Rafael Nadal should shut it down for the rest of 2012. Of course, I'm sure that's already out there on the table in the Nadal camp, but if they wanted an outside opinion, well, that's mine!
I don't know what's going on with that knee except it's causing some major disruptions to his playing. I don't think the grind of the tour is to blame. Rather, his playing style is what I think is the culprit. And there's another factor, too:
Just plain old bad luck.
Not everyone is gifted with the greatest of knees. Sometimes, what you do just leads you to have "bad" ones and I think that's the case here.
Anyway, if Rafa were to shut it down for the year, there's plenty of time left in his career to make up the bit of difference.
Still, it's sad that Nadal won't be at the Open, as it was sad he couldn't make it to the Olympics. Hopefully, though, there's plenty of good years left ahead of him.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.