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first_imgWorld number two Rafael Nadal has said he is excited to head into a new season but concedes starting afresh, especially after a long injury layoff is “challenging”.Nadal hasn’t played on the tour since September due to knee and abdominal issues. The 32-year-old pulled out of US Open midway during his semi-final bout against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro. Nadal was trailing 7-6, 6-2 when a knee injury forced him to retire.The 17-time Grand Slam champion was slated for a comeback at the Paris Masters in November but he withdrew with an abdominal injury thereby conceding the top spot on ATP rankings to rival, Novak Djokovic. Nadal was also absent from a star-studded field at ATP Finals last month as he withdrew from the season-ending tournament after failing to recover in time.Nadal underwent knee surgery soon after in order to get himself ready to face the challenges in the new season. Having made an earlier-than-expected recovery, the Spanish great will be playing the first tournament of his new season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship – an exhibition event for men’s singles stars in Abu Dhabi between December 27 and 29.Nadal will then head to Brisbane for the season-opening ATP 250 tournament after which he will bid for a second Australian Open title at the year’s first Grand Slam.”I am still excited about starting another season. At the age of 32-and-a-half, I never expected when I was 23, 22 to still do what I am. That’s something that I appreciate a lot, and I enjoy that fact,” Nadal told CNN.advertisement”I enjoy the fact that for me, it’s a challenge, always, to be back again after a tough period of time because of injuries. For me, it’s a challenge to start a new season,” he added.”I am making a lot of steps forward since the surgery on the foot. I started practising tennis one week earlier, and in higher intensity than we had thought. It was a little bit of risk that we don’t make it into the beginning of the season, but here we are, practicing more or less hard and we are excited to start the new season.”2018 was an amazing year: NadalNadal also insisted that 2018 has been an “amazing year” despite being troubled by injuries towards the end of the season. The King of Clay reigned supreme on the red dirt, winning his 11th French Open title and three Masters 1000 titles.”In a year that you finish as the world No. 2, you win a grand slam, you win Monte Carlo and Barcelona, Rome and Toronto — so three Masters 1000s — you can’t say it’s not a good year. Obviously, it is a good year,” Nadal added.”With all these issues … to be able to manage to keep winning important things, it has been, not a miracle, but an amazing year in terms of quality of tennis.”Also Read | Asian Games bronze medallist Prajnesh aims for top 50, ability to play five setsAlso Read | Rafael Nadal donates 1.15 million dollars to Mallorca flood victimsAlso Read | Tata Open Maharashtra: Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan named top seedlast_img read more

first_imgTransfers Celtic star Tierney prepared to keep Man Utd and Arsenal waiting Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 04:04 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kieran Tierney Celtic Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Arsenal Celtic Premiership Premier League The highly-rated full-back has been linked with a big-money move to England, but he is in no rush after committing to a new six-year contract Kieran Tierney is prepared to keep the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal waiting on his signature after penning a six-year deal at Celtic.The 20-year-old full-back is among the most highly-rated talents in British football, having starred for the reigning Scottish champions after emerging from their academy system.Bhoys 11/2 to beat St Johnstone 3-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His efforts have sparked talk of a big-money move to England, with Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium mooted as possible landing spots.Tierney, though, is paying little attention to the transfer talk and is happy to remain at Parkhead for some time yet after committing his long-term future to Celtic.He told the club’s official website in the wake of another eye-catching performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League: “People are giving me compliments but I don’t like talking about my game too much.“I just work hard every single day in training and see where it takes me, and if I can help the team then that is what I will do.Kieran Tierney Celtic future“My aspiration is to work hard every day, train hard and play on the Saturday and hopefully play well and see where it takes me.”The club thought I was doing well enough so they have rewarded me with a new contract, and I’m delighted.“I still had four years so there wouldn’t be much point if they weren’t going to extend my years. It’s great for both parties and everyone is delighted, and it got done so quickly, which is always great.”While believing that he is in the right place at present for his ongoing development, Tierney also feels that he has the perfect manager in Brendan Rodgers.He added: “I know I am still young and I have a long way to go and a lot of learning to do and I’m under the right manager to do that, and that’s why I am so happy.“I have always had aspirations to play for Celtic and that’s what I am doing. I’m very happy here and that’s why I’ve signed a long-term deal.”last_img read more