Rafa’s doing steady blog and Q&A work so far this year. Here’s today’s blog.
Today I practiced with Ryan Harrison who is an American kid that is only 17. It is good to hit with these kids since they are helping you out and allowing me to work on specific shots or movements. For example my serve and backhand worked really well yesterday so I played a bit more of forehands. I prefer when my forehand is not working since it is a more natural shot for me and it comes back earlier. I suppose you know what I mean, right?
Then this afternoon I took it easier and stayed in my room for some time. At around 7 I decided to have a walk by the 5th avenue and did a bit of shopping. Bought a few things I needed. I don’t usually go out there shopping during tournaments, and definitely not when I am on holidays… and things like this but felt like it today and a bit of walk is also nice to clear the head.
Sounds like a pleasant enough day.
And the Q&A.
You said before that you failed P.E. once at school. Why was that, and what subject were you best at? – Julie Westbrook-Finch
RN: It is not really like that, true that it happened, but it is a long story. Maybe one day I’ll tell the whole story…
He’s never going to tell that story. :) And remember, if you ask a two part question, he’ll ignore part two!
Is it true that you asked All England Club to let you have the net used during 2008 Wimbledon final? If so, what are you going to do with it?! Use it on a court, or just keep it safe as a souvenir? – Afsaneh
RN: Yes and they very kindly gave it to me right after the final. I have it back at home as one of my favourite souvenirs.
If you had not become a professional tennis player and also not a soccer player, is there any “ordinary” profession you can imagine you would have carried on? Maybe anything with fishing? – Annika
RN: I think I would have always been a sportsman. Don’t see myself in an office.
I can’t picture it either. Well, let me try harder…okay, Rafa running around an office, seeing his head constantly popping over the cubicle walls because he’s jumping up and down, accidentally yelling at the online soccer game he’s playing on company time, getting potato chip and muffin crumbs all over his keyboard. Nope, I can’t picture it.
Do you smoke and have you ever been drunk? – Axèle
RN: never smoke, I really hate it, and I have not been really drunk.
Yeah for the no-smoking! Although, the state of his pupils in some of the Mallorca basement photos makes me wonder about his answer to that last one…
What do you think about the return of Kim Clijsters to the womens tour and how much her return will affect the level in the WTA? – Zainab Salrafi
RN: I think it is great. I really like Kim a lot and I am happy to see her again. She is very nice.
And the tour needs more splits.
You alway’s bite the trophy when you win a tournament. At what tournament did you bite the the trophy for the very first time and why did you bite it? – Val
RN: I did it at my first event title (Sopot)
Ah, so not first Masters.
I read an article that said that your haircut looks like Roger Federer’s now. Were you aware of that? – Sneha, Canada
RN: No, not really. Does it?
No, it doesn’t.