RAFAEL NADAL has dismissed those who doubt he can win a grand slam on a hard court
after continuing his march through the early rounds at the Australian Open.
Ogmore Comprehensive, in Bryncethin, has received pounds 389,645 for an artificial turf pitch, dance studio and fitness room, while Heronsbridge Special School, in Bridgend, has received pounds 69,346 for changing rooms and a hard court
Nadal, who missed a majority of last season with a chronic knee injury, made his comeback this year by playing in couple of clay court tournaments in South America, and this would be his first hard court
tournament since returning, CNN reports.
With the conclusion of an exciting Wimbledon Championships on Sunday, tennis fans will now shift their focus to the hard court
2011 ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 Cincinnati (hard court
) Final Murray won 6-4 3-0 (Djokovic retired)
'I feel I can say these things now because I won here and the US Open on hard court
. Before, I could not," he added.adal also blamed the calendar for making the sport tougher than ever and stressed that without proper health, its difficult to have good performances.
Barcelona 2006 - Clay court, Ferrer won 2-1 Toronto 2006 - Hard court
, Murray won 2-0 Rome 2010 - Clay court, Ferrer won 2-0 Madrid 2010 - Clay court, Ferrer won 2-0 London 2010 - Hard court
, Murray won 2-0
While Murray switches seamlessly to hard court
Nadal, of course, still has a little work to do on grass and he admits he is much better shape to lift the trophy than in the past two years when he has lost in the final to Roger Federer.
He will be hoping to make an impact during the American hard court
swing but Mayer still has plenty to prove on the faster surfaces.
A fast hard court
with a light ball is Andy's best surface, because he doesn't need to generate power himself, the court gives him that pace," he said.
Then he beat the Spaniard 6-3 6-1 on a hard court
at Sydney in 1997 and 6-1 6-4 at Key Biscayne, also on hard courts
, in March this year.
He has played some of his best tennis on grass but also reached the final of a hard court
challenger event in Leon, Mexico earlier this year.