13 Responses

  1. ang says:

    Rafa please tie your laces… love you

  2. Viva says:

    We have some more glimpses of Rafa’s first practice session (or maybe should I say Rafa’s hands…) here :


    Once you’ve followed the link : Magazines –> Entrainement. Rafa is at the end of the vid !

  3. Atch2 says:

    Oh you rebel Rafa with your spray can and graffiting on the wall. Your butt sticking out while doing it is kinda funny though.

    Laruedubac sure is lucky to be there at The Club with Rafa and so close. Awesome mega banners of Rafa on the sides. He looks like he could be wearing the same size shirt as those kids. And the only little girl there gets a double kiss.

    Looking at a CU of that watch, there’s no way it’s going to help Rafa with his between serve timing or timing to gets to pressers either. I can’t even tell which are the handles that tell the time, or seconds.

    Is practice vid 1 & 2 the same?

    (And I’m still not reading expert predictions/comments coz that’s my anti-jinxing mechanism)

    • miri says:

      Is practice vid 1 & 2 the same?

      To be honest, I only watched a few seconds of each and thought they looked similar, but was hoping they weren’t the same. they were posted by different people, so I guess some thieving is going on. (And I need more time in my day.)

  4. aRafaelite says:

    That first set of photos are the best set of pics I’ve seen of Rafa in a long time. He looks just lovely – the relaxed smiles, the clothes, the colours, wearing his hair loose, the urban art project, everything is just beautiful. And then leaning against the wall in set two… be still my heart!

    And he DID spray the signature himself! You were right Miri – it looks like he did with a great deal of care and attention!

    Another question has also been answered which I’m sure many NN readers have been wondering… he also looks VERY good when you’re looking up at him from below! ;-)

    Please stop growing up Rafa… you’re getting dangerously close to the point at which I’ll no longer feel it’s inappropriate to lust after you.

  5. Nana says:

    So the french crowd is not that bad afterall, they were clapping in the practice ;P

    • Nana says:

      And with my rudimentary french I think I heard a woman say something like “tres elegant” and “chocolat”. Was she talking about Rafa?

      • Karen says:

        Regarding ‘Opening day questions & answers’ I wish these people whoever they are would get their facts right before they write this stuff! Since when has Rafa ‘never won more than 3 spring clay titles in one season’? Unless I’m watching the wrong person he’s achieved this feat 4 times since 2005. I assume Kamakshi Tandon either lives on another planet or doesn’t actually follow tennis that closely. Well that’s my Monday moan out of the way!

        • Fay says:

          Yes its really annoying how they get their facts wrong and I have also read that he has lost in the 2nd round last year? wtf?

      • Fay says:

        Yes I heard that “tres elegant” in the practice vid!

  6. JC says:

    Just one more “Monday moan” from me, Karen.
    In “Nadal,s winning habit”, the journalist claims that, in order to wear the new watch during matches, Rafa “has to change a career-long habit of wearing one sweat band on his right wrist matching the colour of his bandana and a pristinely white one on his left”.
    What career-long habit? Check your facts, Barry, or rather your photos, before writing. More often than not, his sweat bands have been identical. Okay, got that out of my system! It’s just that Rafa has plenty of habits as it is… no need to make up more.