WTF? The board room

Photos by Julian Finney/Getty Images

20 Responses

  1. johanne says:

    I have to admit, I laughed a little at Rafa & Fed in the 2 chairs…but in the end I like it. :)

    Rafa with his crossed legs is so cute & dapper. And Nole, Muzz & Nando are looking quite suave in the background. Everyone is looking good in their suit. Fun!

  2. loverafa4ever says:

    awesome.. i luvd to see the two of the greatest tennis players in the history sitting and the rest standing.. Looks like Rafa, Roger and Andy were in some deep discussion. In most of the pics these guys are seen talking. I luv it!

  3. Eliana says:

    I find these photos so funny! Don’t get me wrong, I love them but they just tickle me. Muzz is looking very dapper, poor Sod just looks uncomfortable and Rog has the worst posture, he looks like a grouchy old man! Rafa, what can I say! I luv a man in a three button suit, although I do prefer him in some shorts or jeans and an ol’shirt.

    • Stf says:

      That’s exactly what I thought about Roger! That he looks like a grouchy old man! Good to see I wasn’t the only one. ;)

    • aRafaelite says:

      I don’t think any of them look particularly comfortable in their suits, except Nole, who does look very suave (maybe because his suit is correctly fitted and most of the other aren’t), but I LOVE how Rafa (not Roger!) is at the centre of the room and everyone’s attention (well, one not-so-dear-friend excepted anyway) especially in the middle pic! He positively shines! Now take that to the court, babe!

  4. g says:

    These are nice photos, only wish Roddick was in there instead of Sod. Can’t stand the sight of him. I’ll have to digitally remove him from the pix before saving it.

  5. Bookshere says:

    Photos are great. Anyone seen the trash talk from Davydenko re: Rafa and his tennis abilities? Pretty unbelievable and not in a good way. In Spanish, here: http://www.rafael-nadal.net/2009/11/20/davyndeko-habla-mas-de-la-cuenta/

    Davydenko (in Marca, Spanish newspaper) in brief – re: Nadal: Soderling showed us in the last Roland Garros that he can be beat. Does his tennis depend on his physical strength? It is clear that he [Nadal] plays with with his physical strength. I don’t see anything that he can do without that, because he does not have the serve or volley. His recourse is to pass the ball from the baseline until you get tired and make an error.”

    This from someone I believe Rafa defended when he was accused of losing a match on purpose for a betting scheme!

    • Stf says:

      Not to mention that I think that Murray plays that kind of game, returning the ball until the other makes an unforced error…only in a much more boring way than Rafa. I always thought Rafa’s game was very spectacular, hence not boring to watch.

    • Rafangel says:

      I’d be really surprised if Davy really said that (i.e. that it’s not been taken out of context or ‘edited’ – or that a joke has been twisted, cos he has a cheeky SOH). I really hope he didn’t, cos i have a bit of a soft spot for him.

    • Connie says:

      I do not think that a person can win 36 titles including 6 grand slams and 15 masters tournaments all by the age of 23 based on pure “strength” alone as Davykenko suggests. It takes great skill, experience, hard work, and talent to get these kinds of tremendous results. At his best, Rafa absolutely has all these qualities.

      I really hope that Davydenko did not make these comments because they are totally unfair and disrepectful to Rafa and his achievements/standing in tennis history.

    • aRafaelite says:

      I hate to say this, but he’s partially right. Rafa’s serve has improved but it’s still one of the weakest areas of his game. He volleys well on the rare occasions that he does it, but he doesn’t do it nearly enough. He needs to come forward and return earlier and more aggressively if he wants to get more wins on faster courts. But I disagree that his game relies purely on physical strength and tiring people out (although I suspect that Davy’s words / intention have been twisted a bit here) – he knows how to hit some pretty spectacular shots as well! And I’m sorry, but I also disagree about Murray playing that kind of game – he’s a well-rounded player who (while not nearly as exciting to watch as Rafa) is capable of varying his shots and style of play and generally serves and volleys well. He’s willing to play a few more shots than most, but also tends to keep points shorter than Rafa.

      • ava says:

        ROFL. Muzz’s serve is good?!?!?
        I agree with you mostly but the serve is just as bad as Rafa’s. It’s one of his biggest liabilities.

        In fact Muzz’s second serve can be killed by even a top-50 player because it’s that weak. And we’ve seen it before.

        There is an important fact to be looked at here. Rafa has 6 slams Muzz has none at almost the same age. Each year, for each slam he’s hyped up and hyped up and so far he’s only reached one slam final where he was comprehensively beaten.
        Results show who the better player is. And it’s clearly Rafa.

        • aRafaelite says:

          Actually, what I meant was “serves-and-volleys” (call me old-fashioned but this is something I’d like to see more of from Rafa) not that Murray has a fantastic serve. Also, where on earth did I suggest he’s a better tennis player than Rafa?!! I’d like to be able to exchange both positive AND critical thoughts about My Absolute Favourite (Men’s) Tennis Player Ever, without getting jumped on for supporting other players or being critical of Rafa’s game!

          • ava says:

            Look, I wasn’t jumping on you for anything. And obviously you’re free to express whatever you feel about Rafa. What right do I have to criticise you on any of that! I didn’t mean my reply to sound harsh or offensive. But does anyone want people to sound like a Stepford Wife LOL. I just said what I felt and did not mean it to be harsh at all. If you felt so I apologise.

            No, you did not expressively state that Murray is a better player than Rafa but I got the feeling that you were saying his game was better. Either way, that was a misunderstanding and I apologise.

            Anyway my reaction was knee-jerk because of the general doom-and-gloom attitude of a majority of Rafa’s fans over the internet. I’m just tired of reading “He can’t do it” “He can’t do it” over and over again.
            Sorry if you took it the wrong way.

  6. Sofia says:

    I have not lived until this moment(:

  7. Atch2 says:

    They look like there’re going into an atp players meeting.

    Nando and Nole will always be good posers and ready for the camera.

  8. ava says:

    All of them look nice. I think Sod and Nole look the best.
    ROFL @ poor little Delpo and Muzz. They look so uncomfortable.

    Rafa is adorable as usual. Nando should shave ASAP.
    Fed looks boring as usual.

  9. SapphrieSwell says:

    These pictures and the others from the media day set amuse me. Sod is shoved awkwardly to the side. Here, everyone has the chairs as props to lean on/sit in except him. He sort of just lingers. Essentially, you can just crop him out. Hehehe, and wouldn’t that be nice. (I’m mean and miss ARod.)