Doha promo

Rafa and Rog doing that “silly mini-tennis for a promo” thing again.

Photos by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images, Ian Walton/Getty Images, and REUTERS/ Fadi Al-Assaad

32 Responses

  1. reemo says:

    How does he manage to look as good as in pic 7 in those colors … but great shoes

  2. coool clothesssS!!

  3. tiemyshoe says:

    How do people around him restrain themselves from ruffling his hair? Super self-control, I say.

  4. Jills says:

    I really don’t think I like the shoes. :/ I don’t know if I like the squiggly-wiggly things on the sides.

    And where are the checkered shorts that go with the orange shirt? I can’t wait to see those!

  5. patzin says:

    They certainly move quickly from one event to another. I like the orange/pink shirt on Rafa – he looks good in it. Interesting Roger and Rafa basically have same jacket and shorts; only shirt and accented shoes are different.

    I read on another blog that Rafa’s racket is painted by Babolat to look like one of their new rackets on the market.

  6. Eliana says:

    Sorry people, but love the shirt, the shoes, the pants and the sharp white V jacket!
    And isn’t it kinda dangerous to be playing in a “flying carpet”?

  7. An says:

    Hah.. This all looks kinda wierd except for our Rafa…
    He looks fantastic!!!

    But tennis on a flying carpet…. I could find something better to do with Rafa on a carpet;)

  8. faeaki7 says:

    Yep the orange/pink combo is kind of nice in a YSL kinda way. No one would put such colours together but he did it well and now Nike, the shoes I like very much too, Rafa always did look great in vibrant colours like this or acid greens/yellows it suits his charismatic personality especially on court!
    No. 7 is gorgeous and I like the one with him and Roger both clad in all white with their fancy new shoes! b
    Its funny though they are all(the tourney organizers) trying to market the Rog/Rafa thing and its almost like a curse when they don’t both get to the final, like the USO Promo of …… in the Apple, can’t remember excatly but they no how the rivalry sells and always make them do these silly mini tennis beat or perform in some way! I suppose its because people who love tennis are not ready to give up on the FeDal era just yet, can’t blame them it has been the best ever!

  9. sia says:

    Hilarious … flying carpet surface … wonder if either of them have played that kind of a court before. Rafa looks great … but in that last photo that Dohanian (made up word) looks as though he might like to have Rafa for lunch.

    • mary says:

      He’s got a man love thingy going for Rafa. :(
      I keep thinking of the song that has the words “magic carpet ride” in it. Rafa you can be my Ali Baba anyday. The thief who steals my heart!!!!
      Btw, love the shoes & the shirt. Rafa just needs to see some sun. And whats with the matching jackets? Nike run out of ideas, or worse, cause there’s now way they look like twins. Not even close!!!!!

    • teejustice says:

      Agreed that guy is looking at Rafa with “hungry eyes”

      Ay yi yi…Rafa looks gorgeous. I like the kit. He says he loves colors so they no longer surprise me.

    • killian says:

      Yep, I noticed that, too. Or at least he is thinking about rumpling Rafa’s hair!!!

  10. Kathy says:

    That is funny!!! He is checking him out and has a big smile. Rafa for lunch sounds yummy. I hope his white shorts are see through like the ones he wore last week. He is such a cutie.

  11. Emma R says:

    Good God that flying carpet looks dangerous! I mean there aren’t any sides and it’s a good few feet up. Imagine if one of them tripped and fell off, that could be the end of Rafa or Roger… Going faint at the thought. Surely there must have been a net, or people standing round with sheets stretched out to catch them (and please can I be lying on the sheet) (the one under Rafa that is)??

    Agree with the comment about the last pic – the little bearded chap is like “OMG that’s Rafa Nadal!!!!” and Rafa is like, “Perlease”…

    He really suits orange with his tan.

  12. sia says:

    Emma they do seem to have some kind of safety cable attachments (see photo 7).

    • Emma says:

      Mm but they wouldn’t stop them plummeting if either of them tripped. On the ATP facebook photos it looked like there was a small orange fence along the sides, but maybe it got removed. Anyway, as they obviously survived the experience I shall stop my health and safety rant and go back to gazing proudly at the trophy biting from Sat.

  13. aRafaelite says:

    I didn’t realise at first this was flying carpet… I like it! Might have to abandon my favourite Rafa as Mowgli analogy and recast him as Aladdin! The Arabs seem to love Rafa & Roger – judging from the number of girls in Abu Dhabi with Spanish flags and Vamos Rafa written on their faces or modestly pinned to their scarves, he’s obviously seen as an acceptable role model / teen idol! Good stuff!

  14. Atch2 says:

    Luv the bright colours on sherbet Rafa, but I hope they stick to plain coloured pants.

    • dutchgirl says:

      Me too, I don’t think I like the checkered ones that I saw somewhere to match this outfit. I don’t care that both Rog and Rafa are wearing white jackets, Rafa looks really fine in it (and so much better than Rog). I like the shoes as well, and at first I didn’t like the shirt, but it seems to be growing on me.
      And I can imagine these colours will look absolutely fantastic on the blue court of AO!

  15. CC says:

    Rafa looks amazing in those colours! And in that white jacket. Just wear same coloured wrist bands and it’s 100%, Rafa. Roger doesn’t look half bad either. Love the backdrop and the beautiful sky as well. So, all in all, I like it. As you might have noticed. ;)

  16. Rafafan says:

    I think this is his outfit for the AO open (but was menat to be the horrendous checqured brown shorts – worse than the navy ones we had to endure). I think Nike has come to their senses – only teasing us but I think he will def wear the see through whiteies. Thank you very much!

    Do you know when and what time he is playing and with theh doubles?

    • Emma R says:

      The white shorts do seem to really compliment the wonders of the ass. It really struck me when gazing at it courtside at the O2. (Though I noticed in the Doha sunlight in HD, they do have a very faint wide check on them).

      Rafafan – Don’t count your chickens on the Coco the Clown’s dad from 1970’s hell brown shorts…nothing is in writing yet:)

      No, I am being frivolous here, so long as he keeps playing well and is happy, he can wear what the heck he likes.

  17. miri says:

    More coverage – including showing the safety harness. And more.

    • dutchgirl says:

      Okay, it’s official now: I’m either blind or stupid (or both) – in the pics I didn’t notice the carpet was this high!
      What will they think of next (after tennis on a boat, on a train, in a swimming pool, on a racing track, on the roof of a hotel…)?