Rome: Monday tidbits

According to this article, Rafa will be at the tournament site tomorrow, just not competing:

Three of the top four seeds will then get to play on the court as the day progresses, while defending champion Rafael Nadal will be part of the opening ceremony before getting an extra day off as he waits to get his campaign under way. The Spaniard is of course looking to win his fifth Rome title in six years, and follow up his win in Monte Carlo where he set an Open era record for six consecutive titles at the same tournament. The Majorcan clay-court maestro won both Monte Carlo and Rome in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and few would back against him repeating the feat this year after he thrashed the competition down in the principality two weeks ago, losing a mere 14 games throughout the entire tournament.

Some photos from the tournament site:

Photos by Costantini

Steve Tignor’s predictions for the tournament. Let’s just say, you’ll like them. *anti-jinxing measures*

And finally, be sure to keep an eye on this Twitpic feed – some wonderful photos in there.

12 Responses

  1. nic says:

    Mmmm sexy sweaty Rafa. In red. Yummmmm.

  2. Nana says:

    He looks 15 in these pix.

    We have to wait another day for Rafa tennis? I was trying to organise my day according to his schedule!

  3. Silhouette says:

    Rafa looks so hot in red!! Is it just me, I hardly ever see him in red…

  4. CC says:

    Mmmm… He’s wearing *those* shorts. Shame they didn’t catch him doing the hip roll warm up in them.

    Predictions are never interesting. Whatever happens, I bet we’re in for some good tennis. Besides, I’m still so proud of Rafa for winning Monte Carlo, so I won’t be too upset if he doesn’t do too well here in Rome.

  5. Mary says:

    Wow, that Twitpic feed really had some fantastic photos. Can’t wait to see what else gets posted!

  6. arwen says:

    Steve picks Rafa to win the tourney.yes but first we have some matches to enjoy.

    1)rafa-soderling:he’ll lose 4 games at most
    2)rafa-fed:fed has no chance at all.

    vamos rafa…..

  7. Nana says:

    In the twitpic feed, there’s one of Tio Toni hitting a backhand. It was totally new to me! (and it was one-handed, unlike Rafa’s!).

  8. Amanda says:

    Lick. :)

  9. Fay says:

    Finally some tidbits on Rafa and worth waiting for I may add, he is sultral in that Red, no.2 pic is so so nice… and sweaty mmmm yes… those tweety pics are funny and well put together… I don’t like the disappointed look on Rafa, and I don’t like predictions… they scare me.. stay colm’ Rafa and focus on your game.. please!

  10. Atch2 says:

    Luv the twitpic feed showing Rafa break into a perfect smile over 3 shots.