Big list of a bunch of crap and my report on today’s Rafa practice.
Some sort of report on tummy taping (in Spanish)
I got to see a Rafa practice today! It was a very short one and not very intense. He was about a half hour late and his practice partner (who looked to be a junior) stood around waiting for him by the gate the whole time. Poor kid!
Right off the bat, Rafa started pointing to his shoes and he, Tuts and Maymo were talking about them. Tuts disappears while Rafa does his warm-up and starts to hit. After a bit, Tuts comes back with new shoes.
Not really a whole lot to say about the actual practice. It was very light – just groundies and volleys with no serves at all. He never cranked up his shots to match speed. I’m wondering if it was a light practice because of the late night before.
He looked to be in a good mood and, after done hitting, decided to try and toss his water bottle into the trash can. First, he had to get someone to take the lid off. Once they did, he sat in his chair, leaned back and tried to flip the bottle in the can. Nope. Someone fetched it for him and he tried again. Nope. Toni gave coaching advice. Rafa didn’t look like he cared. Toni tried – instead of flipping from an awkward sitting position, he stood and threw it like an American football: got it in one try. Rafa tried a few more and, I think, got one. Then, someone handed him another bottle…so he had to try with that a few more times. Once tired of that, they all got up and walked off the practice courts.
Here are a few quickly processed pics – I will post better versions when I get home.