The TimesOnline has a kind of “day in the life” article up written by Mel Bradman from Rafa’s point of view. Must have been a pretty slow day, though – I see no mention of commercial filming, sponsor promos, etc. :) Check it out. Some of my favorite bits:
For breakfast I have hot chocolate, a croissant or toast with olive oil, and some fruit. Never coffee or tea — I don’t like them.
Hot chocolate for breakfast as an every day thing? *sigh* Maybe I should use that thought as a motivation to exercise more…
What I eat depends on the country I’m in, but often it will be pasta, fish and salad. I don’t cook much, maybe some pasta. When I’m away on tour I might make my grandmother’s cake — it’s a typical Majorcan cake, her own special recipe. I love chocolate, especially milk chocolate. I eat it every day. I love Nutella, too, and crisps and biscuits. There are some salty Majorcan biscuits called Quely, and I always take a supply with me.
Two paragraphs in, two bits about food. I’m sensing a trend. I also wonder if he’s going to weigh 300 pounds after he retires. (Just kidding, I can’t see him sitting still enough to ever let the pounds pack on.)
On a match day I start to prepare at least an hour before I play. I get my fingers and feet taped to protect them from blisters, then change into my kit and warm up, listening to my iPod — Spanish pop music or classical music. If I’m playing someone I know, we’ll chat maybe half an hour before we go on court. But not 10 minutes before — by then all I’m thinking about is the game.
Never thought of him having a chat with his opponents. He goes on to say that his personality is relaxed…tell that to the people who have to deal with him pogoing around the locker room non-stop!
I’ve won a lot of money, but I’m lucky, I live with my family in Majorca and I’m happy how I am. I don’t need anything else. I never like to be alone, so I like friends and family to visit me during tournaments and I never travel alone.
This? I can’t relate to at all. I need huge chunks of alone time and if I’m stuck around people all day I start to get mucho, mucho cranky.
If I’m watching a movie and it’s emotional, I’ll cry. It’s not difficult for me to cry. If I see a sports person win something important, I’ll cry. When I win a match I might cry too. But I don’t often cry when I lose.
People ask me what it’s like having lots of girls after me, but I didn’t realise there were so many.
I have lots of dreams — all very different — and I always sleep well.
Awww…seriously, could he be any sweeter?