Hurlingham photos

Photos from the exhibition match with Hewitt.

(Photos by IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images and REUTERS/Toby Melville)

52 Responses

  1. CC says:

    Well, what can I say… He looks amazing in this year’s outfit. Best ever?!
    So. Handsome. It. Hurts.
    And the possibilty to not see him in that outfit on centre court at Wimbly, that hurts too.

    • johanne says:

      He does look so very handsome, at least there’s that! Good to see a smile too – thanks for posting! :)

      I have to say, I was surprised when Rafa announced he was going to London because after he pulled out of Queen’s and hinted he was doubtful for Wimby, I was like, ohhhhhh he’s out. But then he came. Any chance he’s about to surprise us again?

      *continues wallowing in pool of sorrow*

      • CC says:

        Yes, I’m about to go and bake a huge amount of chocolate brownies now and eat at least 20.
        It’s good for the head, no?

        • johanne says:

          Def good for the head… hey any chance those are special brownies? ;)

          Why do I feel like Rafa won’t even play the exho against Stanny tomorrow? I see him pulling out in plenty of time before the draw so that Murray can be No. 2 seed.

          *awaits miracle*

    • loverafa4ever says:

      He shud save this outfit for next year. It looks so good. White is very beautiful and looks so gud on Rafa…

  2. CC says:

    BTW, thanks for posting miri, as always!

    And the “smile-pic” is amazing. A smile. At least.

  3. Nimmy says:

    OMG! I FLOVE his t-shirt! those dots on the shirt! and stubbly rafa hmmmmmm!

  4. dutchgirl says:

    Glad to see a smile in the end. Still hoping for good news. But in the meantime I keep feeling sorry for Rafa. Sorry for the disappointment he must be feeling because things maybe turn out to be different from what he expected. IMO it is a bit too soon to be able to perform at 100 % again, but at the same time I was getting my hopes up that he would enter Wimbledon, since the news came out he was practicing and playing two exhibitions.
    But now… I don’t know exactly what to wish for. I really want to see Rafa at Wimbledon, more than anything else. But I also want him to give his knees the proper rest and time to cure.
    I hope he will be able to make a wise decision and accept whatever that will be. Then, so will I.

    (that’s a lot of hoping I’m putting in my comment)

  5. natch says:

    Hmmm…photo #11 looks like coitus interruptus. Just sayin’.

  6. Ch F says:

    It’s hard for me to accept the fact that Rafa’s injury is probably more serious than I thought; everybody keeps talking about his physical game taking a toll on his body but for some reason it always seemed just natural to me…I don’t know what’s worse, the knee problem or the mental damage it does. What I really miss is to see him happy on court and full of energy, eager to attack each and every point…It’s true it hasn’t been there since RG, and that’s what worries me most cause muscles are nothing without that. Oh God, this guy is not only entirely inspiring, he’s also addictive!

    • miri says:

      Isn’t this the first we’ve seen of him since actually playing on court since the French Open? How can you say he hasn’t looked right on court since then? You mean today?

      • Ch F says:

        Oh sorry, my mistake, my sentence wasn’t clear :-( Actually I meant that even at the French Open he didn’t really look like himself; it was as if something was bothering him. He already showed signs of not being happy with the way he played during the French Open;and I said that in response to comments on the pictures from today’s match. Btw, thank you for this site! I’m relatively new here and I haven’t had the chance to thank you before!

  7. niki says:

    Is it my imagination or does he not look like himself even in the still photos? Hot, undeniably. Something about his expression and form seems a bit off to me, though.

    Agree w/CC that this outfit is smokin’. Disappointing if it doesn’t get a Centre Court debut. :(

    • CC says:

      Mm, he looks worried and pre-occupied. Understandably.

    • Ch F says:

      Unfortunately you’re not wrong…That’s also my impression ever since the French Open. He hasn’t been himself nor has he been happy with the way he plays. But I trust him, he’ll come round ;-)

  8. An says:

    Yes, i see it too and it pains me so much…

  9. nic says:

    I’m so hurting right now with the news of how he seemed to struggle on court. Not that he lost, but that he seemed to be at pains during certain points in the match. Hoping it’s journalists being melodramatic. But deep down inside I think it’s probably true. Especially with the statements from Toni, does not sound great. Poor poor dear Rafa. He looks so very very handsome in his Wimbledon gear. I am so sad that we may not be able to see him on Wimbledon centre court looking so fine. Rafa is beautiful, and more so in this classy get-up. Don’t mean to be a downer, but I think it’s not gonna happen. We gotta be prepared for it. Only thing is it’s nice to see his smile in the last few photos. Just saw a clip on this on Eurosportnews, he looked lovely on tv. But the news is pretty much the same.

  10. kefuoe says:

    I really really want to see Nadal play in Wimbledon. However, if he feels that it is not possible, can he just hang around looking awesome in that all white kit?

    • miri says:

      Maybe he can be a linesman during a Soderling match…OUT! *glares as he dares the chair to overrule*

      • loverafa4ever says:

        Gud idea… He shud seriously consider doing dat… :P

        • CC says:

          Yeah, I was just thinking what Rafa could do instead during the two Wimbledon weeks. He could maybe be a streaker during some important matches. That would be fun and not too hard on the knees.

          Or he could just blog and answer tons of our questions for Times Online for two weeks. And I mean answer the REAL questions… Not about idols and Mallorca.

          Also, he is more than welcome to check himself into my newly openen rehab centre here in Brighton for young-and-hot-Mallorcan-knee-wounded-tennis-players-who-need-a-bit-of-TLC-for-mind-and-body. His team are welcome too! ;) Anyone volunteer to help out?

  11. faecoleman says:

    Thanx for the lovely photos Miri! Rafa’s really handsome here and still producing that gorgeous smile of his! this white outfit is really classy and just love those forehand stance pics, total focus on the ball! so sad to be a Rafa fan right now, just heartbraking, my sister came yesterday and said something about Rafa retiring, she loves Fed, on an on about him and Wimbledon if that wasn’t enough and now this.. On a positive note, I have to say how brave Rafa is on playing publicly with Hewitt, it takes some person and guts to go out there and say what the hell! its all painful for us thou…

  12. Atch2 says:

    Luv the pics Miri.
    Rafa does definitely look Hot in his whites. But then again he looks hot in anything. The smile at the end warms my heart.

  13. loverafa4ever says:

    I have a feeling that Rafa will hold the number 1 spot ever after withdrawing from Wimbly… or am I having this feelings because I want him to b number 1 even aftr Wimbledon.

    • Atch2 says:

      It’ll help if Fed, Nole and Murray lose in the earlier rounds.

      We’d probably enjoy it more too if another Spainish guy won Wimby and Soderling lost badly in the 1st round.

  14. miri says:

    Per a twitter post from someone who has a friend at the tournament, Rafa has won the first set of his match against Wawrinka: 6-4.

  15. CC says:

    Really?!?!?!

  16. dutchgirl says:

    Wow, that’s good news!

  17. miri says:

    Looks like he lost the final set in a tie-breaker. He didn’t do a presser. It’s possible the presser is rescheduled for 7pm.

    • CC says:

      Just at this moment they said on BBC Radio 5 live that Rafa has called a press conference at 7pm, so that should be true!

      • Atch2 says:

        Oh Rafa. Pls listen to what your body and doctors are telling u, then decide. U’ll need every bit of strength and energy. Look how tough ur draw is.

        7pm London is 1am my time. I hope I’m still awake to hear the outcome.

  18. johanne says:

    OK so wait, Rafa won the first set, then lost the second in a tiebreaker and then they played a long tiebreaker for the third set? First to 10 points? And Rafa lost? Hmmm, that doesn’t seem that bad of a result to me, but what do I know?

    Too bad I still have no idea what to think. This rollercoaster of emotions needs to end pronto! Do your presser already, Rafa! Maybe he just wants to talk to his team and eat gambas first. :)

  19. CC says:

    *lol*

    OK, so presser in one hour and…46 minutes (heck, that took me a while), if he’s on time.

    What to do in the meantime?!

    • CC says:

      BTW, I’ve kind of got my hopes up now. Not good.
      If he does decide to play though, he’s mad, isn’t he?!

      • nic says:

        totally. i can’t imagine him being able to compete 100% :(
        but at the same time i’d be gutted if he pulled out.
        and i so desperately want to see rafa on wimbledon centre court getting the crowd treatment he deserves, looking fine in that gorgeous white outfit. so torn.

      • johanne says:

        I know, I know, I know. Here I was thinking he’s not even going to play the exho, and if he does, he’ll get double bageled or something crappy like that, and then he goes and wins a set and apparently was moving well! I still don’t know what to think though. And despite him not giving an immediate answer, Rafa is still sticking to what his website said he would do: “After the encounter, Rafa will hold a press conference.” They never said when, so I’m trying not to get all worked up by the delay. Obviously, it’s not going very well… ;)

  20. nic says:

    poor rafa, so much pressure to make a decision, and a decision quick. he must be filled with emotion and questions in his own mind on what to do. whether he played well enough, whether his knee can handle it, whether he’s asking too much for himself, whether he should just quit and go home, or whether he’d be dissapointed in himself few days later when he’s sitting in majorca. don’t think it would have been easy to come off the court and immediately give a press conference with a decision. unless he already decided last night and was waiting til after the match. really feel for rafa right now. but it sounds great, the result of today’s match with stan. think we might have glossed over all the press coverage yesterday over rafa’s difficulties throughout the match, if not for the quote from toni saying if it was him he’d be on a plane home to majorca. so, if toni said that, it’s got to be that rafa is wanting to give his all to try make it for wimbledon, his usual never say die attitude, but toni knowing that it would most likely not be possible in the end. and like toni said, rafa is a man who can make his own decisions, no longer the kid. so they would have let our stubborn boy do as he wanted, and they just stand by him whatever that is. gosh, so nervous waiting for news!!!! i need to sleep already.

  21. miri says:

    Here’s the score for the exho: 4-6, 7-6, (10-3)

  22. Atch2 says:

    I’m listening to this link:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/index.shtml?refresh

    and they r talking abt Welsh guys liking leeks. Am I listening to the right radio station for the press con?

  23. Grace says:

    Come on Rafa!! omg 1 hour to go and then tension is killing me!! PLEASE PLAY RAFA!! i have members tickets for monday centre court!! my 1 and only chance to see you play and it means the world to me!!!
    I really hope you get better soon rafa and i hope you can at least have a shot at defencing your title!

  24. Sofia says:

    Rafa was beaten 4-6 7-6 10-3 by Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in front of a couple of hundred spectators at an exclusive southwest London sports club.