Jan 18 press roundup

Not a lot interesting going on in the press today Rafa-wise. I’m sure tomorrow will be different. Rafa will play second in the evening session tomorrow.

Backhand practice (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Backhand practice (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian Open Preview – Nadal’s Quarter

Things could get a bit more interesting for the five-time Grand Slam champion in the quarterfinals, where the most the likeliest potential opponents are Gilles Simon, who stunned Nadal last fall in Madrid, and another Frenchman in Gael Monfils, who recently denied Nadal in Doha, Qatar.

The over and under Down Under (Australian Open predictions: men’s edition)

And speaking of Nadal, I’m about to do something that I’ve never done online here at Tennis Talk, Anyone?: Pick him to win a Slam!

Spiraling Joys – an interesting article by Peter Bodo about tennis fans.

I’ve often written that, to my mind, there are two kinds of fans out there: general tennis fans, for whom the game overshadows the transient individuals who play it (even though those fans have their heroes and villains), and those who sometimes seem more enamored of specific individuals than of the game in general.

Which side do you fall on?

And we’ll finish up with some silly and dubious gossip: Rafael Nadal hitting on Tong!

Tong and friends were eating at a high class pub when a foreign man approached her to ask her to dance. The man is Rafael Nadal, at the time Tong said she didn’t know who he was.