Hi everybody – just back from a day at the O2 waiting for and then watching Rafa. I am reliably informed by another huge Rafa fan that I met there (there were lots of them) that his hitting partner was James Ward.
Rafa appeared at 2.30, wearing a tight fitting red t-shirt and white shorts plus the trainers from Asian swing. He seemed to be mainly concentrating on backhand, and hitting flat across the net. There were another three crazed Rafa fans there – one of them had a Spanish flag so when he came out to practise we shouted and waved the flat and he smiled and acknowledged us – very exciting. Unfortunately no opportunities for autographs – and all my pictures were taken through the netting that’s up round the practice court, which is a little annoying, plus the camera’s not that great for indoors. We had a few flashes of Rafatum and a shirt change. He was still hitting at 4 pm when the doubles pair (not sure who) turned up for their turn.
Some corporate kids got signed tennis balls and I did shout “Rafa throw us a ball” but was ignored (surprise!). Anyway, it was well worth the trek up there (rail replacement bus, two trains, a tube and then a three hour wait to see him). And tomorrow I get to see the match. Vamos Rafa!
Update: – some photos
Updated again: – video