Rafael Nadal withdraws from Basel ATP with knee problem

first_imgWorld number one Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the upcoming Basel indoors tournament due to a knee issue, the Spaniard has said.With the ATP Finals coming up next month, Nadal said on his Facebook page he had made the decision to pull out of next week’s Basel tournament after getting medical advice.Nadal’s 16-match winning streak was ended in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday by world number two Roger Federer, who will now have the chance to make up some ground in the rankings chase.”I sadly announce that I have to pull out of the Swiss Indoors Basel, after seeing my doctor in Spain just after landing from Shanghai,” said Nadal on Tuesday.”I am suffering from an overstressing of the knee and the problems where already present at the tournament in Shanghai which now forces me to take a time off on advice of my doctor.”Nadal, 31, leads Federer by 1,960 points in the rankings but the 36-year-old Swiss can gain 500 points if he wins at Basel with another 1,000 up for grabs at the Paris Masters.Their battle for the year-end top spot could go down to the wire with the winner of the season-ending ATP Finals, which will be held from Nov. 12 to 19 in London, to receive up to 1,500 points.Nadal and Federer have each won six titles this year, splitting the four grand slams between them.last_img read more

One Direction Joins Blue Steel Appeal For Red Nose Day

first_imgOne Direction has joined Tinie Tempah, Mollie King, Rachel Stevens and some of fashion’s biggest names including, David Gandy, Dolce & Gabbana, Claudia Schiffer and Victoria Beckham to help fundraise for Red Nose Day in a fashion extravaganza on eBay.The auction, which is live now until March 17 is part of the “Blue Steel Appeal”; a series of events and initiatives to help raise money for Comic Relief through fashion led by supermodel, David Gandy.One Direction have donated the clothes they wore for their BRIT Awards performance of the official Red Nose Day single, ‘One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)’, to Comic Relief to sell on eBay.Fans will also have the opportunity to bid for a place in an exclusive suite at the O2 to watch their concert on the 2nd April. There are 18 seats available which will be sold as three separate lots of 6 seats each. Food and refreshments will be provided in the box, paid for by the band, and each lot will also come with a Red Nose Day t-shirt signed by all 5 band members and worn by one of them.Finally, bidders will also have the chance to get their hands on a brand new iPad and iPad cover signed by the band in a separate lot on eBay. Fans can support Red Nose Day by bidding now at www.ebay.co.uk/rednoseday and 100% of the final sale price will go to Comic Relief.Iconic fashion brands and individuals have shown their support, offering some rare and unique money-can’t-buy prizes and experiences, bringing high fashion right to your doorstep. eBay sellers are also encouraged to join in the fun by donating any proceeds from their own fashion sales to Comic Relief. – Lunch at the ‘by invitation only’ Louis Vuitton apartment, complete with butler – A day on set with David Gandy in the USA shooting his Lucky Jeans campaign- Spend time with the team at Roland Mouret – A Kate Moss Longchamp handbag – Tickets to Victoria Beckham’s SS14 ready to wear show in New York – Iconic, framed photograph of Claudia Schiffer for Guess by Ellen Von 
Unwerth signed by the model and photographer – Help British Menswear Designer Patrick Grant behind the scenes at his 
LCM fashion show for E. Tautz – Create your own bespoke suit with Thom Sweeney – Own a print by iconic photographer, Rankin
Exciting new items will be added throughout the week up until March 16th. The auction can be accessed via eBay.
If the public can’t get involved with the Blue Steel Appeal fashion auction, the easiest way to show support for Red Nose Day is to pick up an exclusive Red Nose Day t-shirt designed by Stella McCartney, priced varying on design and size. Kids from £5.99 with at least £2.50 going to Comic Relief, adults from £9.99 with at least £5 going to Comic Relief and fashion range £14.99 with at least £8 going to Comic Relief. Available in store and from www.tkmaxx.com.Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money. Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help the lives of those living unimaginably tough lives in the UK and Africa.last_img read more