27 Responses

  1. SapphireSwell says:

    oooh, sleeveless ;)

    hmm, practice at night. is it a hint that he’ll be playing this tuesday night? *scramble on craigslist*

  2. schildress says:

    Hey all! Anyone know how to find out when Rafa will be practicing each day at the USO? I am heading there Friday and will be there until Monday and can’t wait to see him in a match, but would love to catch a practice session or two. Any ideas?

  3. kefuoe says:

    Guess the party’s over now that Toni’s in town!

  4. loverafa4ever says:

    he is wrking so hard.. and he doesnt seem to b getting too frustrated either. I hope things are going really well.

  5. CC says:

    Tio Toni! :D

    Gosh, it sounded like that plane was going to land on the court…

    Rafa looks very concentrate, maybe a little annoyed at times?

    The hair is great, but I wonder if he’ll try to tuck it into the headband for matches, if it flopping around will annoy him?

  6. cookie says:

    So great to see Uncle Toni on the practice court once again! It really does appear from these clips that Rafa is preparing very seriously, and it must be paying off because today he proclaimed himself “ready to play” on his Facebook wall! VAMOS RAFA!!!

  7. An says:

    Yeaaaah! Tio Toni back with Rafa and Rafa himself having no “doobts” that he’s reday to play…. So, evrything is back to normal!!!

  8. Atch2 says:

    Rafa’s movement is looking really good, but his hair is everywhere. Bandana not doing its job.

    Can’t open second clip but I like his t-shirt.

    Another angle to the clip posted by wedi1357 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Lg4hPJHS5I
    U can see of Rafa’s facial expression and interaction with Uncle Toni better. Did Uncle Toni wear glasses before?

    • Carol says:

      Yes, Atch2 I *thought* Uncle Toni was wearing glasses in clip #1. I’ve not seen him wearing glasses before, but maybe he usually wears contacts, but his eyes are feeling gritty from the flight over, hence the glasses…?

      From clip 1, am not sure if Rafa has really lost weight… the shoulders and biceps are still pretty yummy humungous. That sea-green teeshirt is a gorgeous colour tho.

      I’m glad he could still focus in that echoey court with a Boeing 747 sounding like it was ready to land right there!

  9. AnaR says:

    Hello girls .. I am increasingly convinced that Rafa CAN win the U.S. Open in recent workouts and I know because my brothers-in-law (my husband’s brother and his wife) are in the tournament and they said to me that Rafa is doing training during usual time … more than 2 hours even 3 h., that means that Rafael is well and above all he wants to win the Open and that he see himself with possibilities … and make emphasis on the moment T-shirt .. OMG! ..how is our golden boy … Vamos Rafa!.

  10. Josh says:

    I love how Tio Toni is wearing glasses on court, it makes him look so gentle. At 1:20, is Toni showing him how to follow through, I just like how they are so webbed and connected.

  11. dutchgirl says:

    I get hypnotised by looking at him practicing. My youngest sun asked me last night if I would like to practice with Nadal. My answer, ofcourse: YES!! I *doopt* however, I would be able to return one single ball…

    Love his green shirt, btw, and it’s good to see Toni again.

    • Atch2 says:

      I watch Rafa’s practice video and it is sort of hypnotic and relaxing in a way. Watching how he hits and reacts on each shot. The clips go by really fast.

      But with the sleeveless and normal t-shirt, he doesn’t look as slim as he is wearing a dress shirt. The guns are still looking fine.

      Luv spearmint Rafa.

  12. kate says:

    Looking good Rafalito. To the person that is going and wants to see some pratice sessions, the practice courts are right round the side of the main stadium. I have never seen a list of when the practrice sessions begin so I guess you just keep looking – I have cought Rafa practising once but that was pure luck!

  13. mary says:

    Oh he is looking hot. The green, is so yummy on him (not sure what colour you would call it). I wish more people when they film him would do what was done in the 1st vid. At least you get a complete pic of his practise. Do you think & I most likely do the same get Rafa fixed. Can’t pan the vid anywhere else!!!!!
    Hola, hola Unc. Toni. Good to see him there. And yep, I haven’t seen the glasses well not on court before. They look rather big as well. Notice Toni has put a little beef on. Must of been a good holiday.
    Noticed how the VB lady was having a go at people whistling at our Rafa shirtless. She had no hope!!!
    He is looking the goods gals. Lets send some good vibes. Vamos, Vamos Rafel.

    • Carol says:

      “not sure what colour you would call it” Goddam F*****g S.E.X.Y.
      Ladies, No Argument. IT. IS. HOT.

      Ah, so much Rafaness… Rafaeyes, Rafatummy, Rafaface, Rafahair, Rafamuscles, Rafatreasuretrail… Uuuh… Kissy, kissy sweetiepie.

  14. Atch2 says:

    Doesn’t Carlos and Benito look too relaxed chatting at the side of the court, while Uncle Toni watches Spearmint Rafa whacking away and avoiding a Boeing landing on his head? Maymo’s there too with the sawdust. The Rafa posse is now complete.

    Rafa’s practices seems to gather more spectators than some actual matches.

  15. AnaR says:

    Carol, Carol.. you are a bit a spice girl..a cool shower this night.. please.

  16. miri says:

    More minty fresh practice video – in HD!

  17. CC says:

    Minty fresh indeed. I need to go and brush my teeth now!

  18. Suzanne says:

    How about seafoam green? Whatever he wears, he’s yummy! Happily flying under the radar, through to the finals, hoisting the winner’s tropy…that’s my “illusion”. Seems pretty realistic to me at this point!

  19. AnaR says:

    The colour of this t-shirt is very very beautiful…I like it.