Rosangel Valenti has posted about her experience watching and photographing the Wawrinka Hurlingham match.
First, if my aim for the day had been to create a collection of pictures entitled “The Many Grimaces of Rafa Nadal”, I was definitely in the right place at the right time. I really enjoy photographing players’ expressions, and have captured many of Nadal’s before now, but I’ve never been there before at a time when when he’s appeared so joyless about almost every aspect of his performance, whether indicating it with his face, harsh my-game-sucks-today growling noises, or by expressive sweeps of his arms. He seemed to be doing these things after almost every point, even some of those that he won.
Again, doesn’t sound like it was a fun match to watch…at all.
A few other small observations from the pictures. Rafa the bottle-arranger only had one water-bottle during the match. It was arranged neatly, but all by itself. It’s there in the pictures, by his feet. It also appears in some pictures that the right knee isn’t bending as much as I’d normally expect – you can decide for yourselves, if you wish to look, but it’s consistent with what we know about his injury. Oh, and finally, if you wish to avoid the unhappy expressions, you’ll find a smile or two at the end, though I don’t think the eyes were really involved in those, including the one at the top of this post.