Getting ready for IW

Per Rafa’s Facebook page, he’s heading to Indian Wells tomorrow. RafaTennis is almost here…

Posted by vamosrafelnadal. Thanks to tiemyshoe for sending this in.

52 Responses

  1. teejustice says:

    YAY! RafaTennis or Bust! I have serious withdrawal.

  2. MJ says:

    Thanks for posting this…I think I could watch him do that hopscotch ladder thingy all day!!! Cannot WAIT to see him play again…VAMOS!!

    • dutchgirl says:

      Me too! Especially because I think he looks stunning in this outfit. I mean, which man can get away with wearing a grey pair of jogging trousers? Only Rafa can, combining it with this great colour blue.

  3. cookie says:

    So exciting to see him in his final practicing sessions in Spain in preparation for IW, though the soundtrack choked me up a bit. He’s looking great! VAMOS! Thank you, Miri and tiemyshoe!

    • miri says:

      I actually hate the use of that song. I mean, it’s about a has-been.

      • tiemyshoe says:

        Oh man, I agree. First: I hate Coldplay. Second: I associate that song with Federer in his own short-lived “dark age” when he was throwing racquets and getting prematurely retired by pundits, so …

      • cookie says:

        Me too.

      • CC says:

        Then the fact that they use it here must mean that Rafa is one. A has-been.

        *panics*

        Oh, wait, it wasn’t written for Rafa? Phew. :D

        I love that song.

      • junko says:

        I know, it hurts to associate Rafa with a king who has been…I sleep alone…sweep the clay court I used to own…well, I read somewhere he actually cleans the clay court after practice even now out of habit.

        I think they played that song at last December’s DC victory ceremony while the team Espana was rejoicing. If you come from a non-English speaking country (I do) you sometimes do not listen to the words.
        I love Coldplay’s music, though.

        • Heben says:

          Yes, they played it during the DC ’09 awarding ceremony. The players were asked to choose a song, this was Rafa’s choice.

          • Heben says:

            BTW the title of the song is “Viva la Vida”.

          • junko says:

            Really? If he likes the song, that’s all it matters!
            Thanks, Heben to let me know.
            Now I want Rafa tennis!

          • Bats says:

            Didn’t Rafa pick Opus’ Cup of Life as his DC09 finals song?

            • Heben says:

              I’m quite sure this was his choice. I read it in ATP. The translation of the title is “Live the Life” which I think was mistaken by some as the marching music by the Opus.

              • Heben says:

                That is why Junko remembered it being played during the ceremony.

                • Bats says:

                  I see. I remember reading about it in a Davis Cup site (just can’t remember where) and looking for the song online, as I’ve never heard of it before.

                  • Emma R says:

                    I love the song but am not too keen on it’s use in relation to Rafa as I always thought it was about someone looking back on the time when they had world domination but it had all gone to pieces. Having said that, this bit sounds all too like when he took over the number one from Roger then the knees kicked in and it went to pot:

                    I used to roll the dice
                    Feel the fear in my enemy’s eyes
                    Listen as the crowd would sing
                    “Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!”

                    One minute I held the key
                    Next the walls were closed on me
                    And I discovered that my castles stand
                    Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand”

                    Maybe getting a bit too dramatic here. Just because that was the past doesn’t mean it has to be the future.

                    • junko says:

                      Emma R,

                      I totally agree! The future is to come yet.

                      Viva la vida was a huge Coldplay hit in 2008 and I remember they kept playing it through that summer when Rafa had the incredible run from clay – RG – London – Wimby – Olympics. In my mind there was the connection, and hearing it now over this video is rather poignant…

                    • Stf says:

                      “I used to rule the world”? One thing these people haven’t realised…he used to rule the world and he will rule it again. No doubt about that.

                    • miri says:

                      And these bits? Where the former ruler admits he was an evil one and doesn’t want to rule again?

                      It was the wicked and wild wind
                      Blew down the doors to let me in
                      Shattered windows and the sound of drums
                      People couldn’t believe what I’d become

                      Revolutionaries wait
                      For my head on a silver plate
                      Just a puppet on a lonely string
                      Oh who would ever want to be king?

                      I hear Jerusalem bells a ringing
                      Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
                      Be my mirror my sword and shield
                      My missionaries in a foreign field
                      For some reason I can’t explain
                      I know Saint Peter won’t call my name
                      Never an honest word
                      But that was when I ruled the world

              • miri says:

                The translation thing does make some sense, but I read it in some Spanish media with the artist mentioned. The ATP would have had to source it elsewhere as they have nothing to do with the DC. Here’s one rather unofficial – they don’t mention source. This one from the DC site (in English) could very well suffer from the translation problem.

                This is going to drive me bonkers, now!

                • CC says:

                  I’ve always thought Rafa chose the Opus song, ’cause knowing his taste in music it feels very “him”. :D
                  Not that he couldn’t like Coldplay though, but still.

                  • junko says:

                    Hmmm, that’s makes sense, with the football connection of the song and all, the Opus is more Rafa!

                • Bats says:

                  can i just say, rad google skills miri. :)

                  • miri says:

                    Heh – I actually didn’t use Google this time! I remembered reading both of those when they first came out and went back to look. Took forever to find the Facebook one.

  4. CC says:

    I love grey sweats.

    • An says:

      …… on Rafa, me too;)!

    • CC says:

      *10 hours later*

      I still love the grey sweats. In fact, they’re all I can look at.

      Rafa and Maymo are so cute together, especially at 1:57. I don’t know what Maymo does to Rafa there, but it almost looks kinda…intimate. So sweet. :)

  5. djb says:

    Finally, Rafa returns to tennis and I for one am happy as hell to see him back on the courts. I’m hoping he picked up some confidence during his time off, which I’m sure he did. That would help him a lot over the next few weeks and coming months, especially. With clay court season coming up, I have a feeling Rafa is about to catch fire real soon and I can’t wait to see him lifting trophies again.

    I’m sure some of you will whole-heartedly agree with that too. Take care!!

  6. jba says:

    is this video from last year’s IW preparation? or is rafa just using what he wore last year to train? i’m confused.

  7. faeaki7 says:

    Yeah I thought that, yellow and blue polo was from Abudhabi last year, anyway just loving watching him doing these ladder drills, and that bum in those sweats mmmm Rafa!!! could watch him all day with those leg resistance excercises, remember him doing them at Wimby 2008, everyone was in awe of his stamina! can’t wait to see him playing as nervous as it makes me! gr8 morning fix thanx!

    • An says:

      The polo might be from last year, the vid is not!
      Look at his shoes, they are the new ones so that tells it is recent:)

      hhhhhmmmm, maybe CC is right on the other topic…. maybe i do have a little bit to much attention in life for Rafadetails;)

  8. ejl says:

    no doubt djb that all of us will agree with that.is there anybody who doesn’t crave to see Rafa come out with trophy
    tight jeans look gr8 on him but think that in baggy pants he’s even cuter

  9. Atch2 says:

    I luv watching him train. I just feel sad realising that I don’t even have the co-ordination to do his warm-up routine, let alone attempt to hit a top spin forehand.

    Is that an orange rooster blob on Rafa’s cap?

    Rafa, can I replace Maymo when he’s stepping on your toes when you are stretching? You can rest your hands on my shoulders for as long as you want.

    Goodluck with the jetlag.

    • Karen says:

      Rafa’s shorts at the end of the video seem shorter than normal! Or maybe his legs have grown a bit since AO.On the other hand it may be wishful thinking on my behalf. I keep saying the male tennis players shorts are too long.Hopefully Rafa will start a new trend for shorter shorts.Vamos Rafa, you & tennis fashion were made for each other.

  10. slt says:

    Is it just me or has Rafa bulked up since the AO??? He looks a lot bigger. I hope that means he will be hitting the ball harder at IW.

  11. nic says:

    Is it me, or is Rafa sexier than ever in those grey sweats and blue hoodie??!! Man, cuddly snuggly Rafa is so attractive. I’m really excited to see him prepping here, and knowing that he’s already flown to IW. Yeah, I could so watch Rafa running up and down and hop-scotching on that ladder thingy all day too. And love to see him in the yellow and blue polo from early 2009. Funny how he and Uncle Toni are both digging up the old garb (Toni’s wearing the US Open 2008 jacket). Looks like they keep quite a bit of the stuff that they get and don’t just chuck them out the minute they get new stuff. Anyone notice what cap Rafa was wearing this time? Couldn’t make out the little red logo.

  12. natch says:

    First, thanks to Miri, because I had to figure out (all by myself!) how to mute that gadawful song.

    Second. I don’t like gray sweats, but to channel CC: I like the way they cling to the peaches. :D

    Third. The side-to-side on the ladder? Terrible. REEEally poorly done. You can definitely tell there’s been an injury (and lack of practice.) But the rest of it was great footwork.
    *checks clock to see when IW begins tonight*
    *taps foot impatiently*

    • miri says:

      Is it possible to explain to us noobs why the side-to-side is so bad? To me it just all looks so fast I can’t tell anything about it. (Yes, I move at tortoise pace and anything moving faster than that boggles my mind.) Either that, or I’m too distracted by the way his hands seem to want to dance along with his feet.

      • An says:

        I think Natch means because he misses and steps on the ladder a few times??
        Lack of practice or lack of coordination after to much dancing an celebrating the night before in the basement…;)
        He seems a little un-inspired doing this excersises…. but no less hot….. here to me!

      • natch says:

        “Is it possible to explain to us noobs why the side-to-side is so bad?”
        It is if you can tell me what a “noob” is.

        Actually, I don’t know if an untrained eye can spot it or not. I’m trying to think of how I can explain it. You are looking for precise movements and cuts. Precision is an absolute key. You do it wrong, you pay one way or the other.

        I spent the weekend watching one of my guys participate in this drill (the ladder.) His job is particularly important, and his footwork must be like a ballerina’s. This guy is over three hundred pounds, so…no easy task. We had chalk on this guy’s shoes. His goal was not to leave more than one set of foot(toe)prints in each square. In other words, he had to hit the exact same mark every single time. He only missed once. (Of course, I made him do it over many times due to that error! :D)
        But this guy makes Rafa look like…well, I’ll just say Rafa appears unpracticed. Under normal circumstances, Rafa’s footwork should be about even with this guy’s.

        I’m not sure if this will make sense, because this is not something you probably watch every day like I do, but Rafa’s knee mobility is limited. I see it a lot in my boys with the knee injuries. It’s like they are afraid to really test it, because they are afraid of re-injuring it. The fear is the greatest obstacle to overcome.
        Or it could be he’s still injured. No way to tell without testing it out for myself! ;)
        Or wait, aren’t you going to IW yourself? You could test it out for us, Miri, and photograph the act! :D

        Hope that helps.

        • miri says:

          Even if it doesn’t help, it gives me a good excuse to study that portion of the video in depth. ;) But it does help to know more about what, exactly, I should be looking for.

          I totally get what you are saying about the fear of injury thing. I think Rafa was very much in that mind-state fall of last year. I hope he’s not there any more…

          • CC says:

            Huh? You need an excuse to watch Rafa? ;)

            Hm, I think he was fine again at the start of this season and at the AO, but when the knee went again in the Murray match, he probably took a step back. Hopefully that step wasn’t too big. :(

          • natch says:

            It happens when they come back too soon, or after they’ve been out for an extended period of time.

            imo, Rafa shouldn’t been playing yet.
            But that’s because I would have him chained to a bed/counter/wall/floor, etc., somewhere and doing unspeakable things to him. ;)

        • CC says:

          Ah, thanks natch. Very interesting.

          Now, could you tell me why I keep thinking that Rafa shouldn’t be wearing pants under those sweats, but why I’m thinking he probably does…?

          • natch says:

            What? He’s not? I mean, he IS?! Gosh, when I look at him, I see him as naked as a jay bird! ;P