Woo! New blog and Q&A up on the TimesOnline site. First, the blog:
Hope things are well with you reading this blog. I can’t complain from my side since I am in Paris in the second week of Roland Garros, something I really wanted to feel again.
*sniff* We wanted you to feel it again too, Rafa.
I practiced at 11 am with Marc Lopez, sometimes my doubles partner and a very talented player. He should believe more in his game since he is really good. I have to say that during the warm up I felt really well.
Marc! love! Is he sucking up to him to increase the chances of MarRafaoke? ’cause I approve. Or maybe he’s just trying to help boost his confidence and calm his nerves before Marc!’s big debut on Court Philippe Chatrier tomorrow. I approve of that too.
Today my mother arrived since they have a meeting with some people regarding the foundation. I am saying this since we went out for dinner and had a great time looking at the Tour Eiffel getting illuminated.
Wait, were Rafa and his mom getting illuminated or the tower? ;)
Sometimes, or actually many times I think how fortunate and lucky we are for been able to see these things around the world. This is why I am so thankful to people. I mean it.
And I believe you.
Now the Q&A:
Hey Rafa, my father was an English cricketer and his insurance didn’t allow him to do certain things, such as skiing. Is there anything that your insurance doesn’t let you do that you wish you could? Good luck at RG. – Laurence.
Rafa: Some of the contracts don’t allow me to put my self into risk. But I have to say that I don’t even need those… I am staying away from risks in any case…
He doesn’t need those or he’s scared half to death of them? Either way…
Hi Rafa. Is there anywhere or anything in the world that you would like to see or visit if you had the time? Thanx Rafa. – Val, UK
Rafa: Yes, many times. But hope I will do these once I stop with tennis.
Another non-answer. :)
Hey Rafa! I am a big fan and I was overjoyed when you signed my autograph at the U.S. Open in 08! (you used my pen to sign everyone’s belongings) :) I homeschool for tennis so I can travel to tournaments. I was wondering what you did for school as a kid with all the travelling for tennis? – Aimee Dervishian
Rafa: I suppose you ask if I was a good student? Not bad, but definitely not the best student…
Not how you did, Rafa…what you did or how you did it.
Hello! Now that your birthday is coming up. What is the best birthday present you ever got? Do you have any birthday wishes this year? – Katri, Norway
Rafa: All presents are nice to be honest. It depends who is giving it to you and the meaning of it.
Keeping it close to the chest, that’s our Rafa.
Hi Rafa, love watching you play tennis, you are my favourite player and I really missed you at Wimbledon last year, can’t wait to see you back there. I wanted to ask you what you think of the roof we have at Wimbledon now? Good luck with the rest of the tournament at RG, you are playing great and many thanks for doing the blogs :-) – Arlene UK
Rafa: I think it is good although we won’t see again someone receiving the trophy in the dark… :-)
Dark or blazing daylight, just as long as the right someone is receiving the trophy.
Hola Rafa, my question to you is if you had to chose between fishing alone at dawn in the Majorcan sea, playing golf with your uncles or playing beach football with your friends what would you chose? Congratulations on having such an amazing clay season; you’ve made me a very happy and proud fan! Muchas gracias and good luck for RG Campeon!! – Manahil, Pakistan
Rafa: I would choose doing all that in one day. It is actually possible and what I enjoy the most.
In face, wasn’t all of that part of his “perfect day” description from a few years ago?
If you could ask a question of the tennis journalists attending your presser, what would it be? Best wishes as always. – Natalie
Rafa: I ask them sometimes, believe me…
I would ask them, “Do you ever really pay attention to tennis or press coverage of it?”
Hola Rafa! I’ve read in your blog that you watched the Formula One race last weekend. I was wondering who is your favorite F1 driver? – Ness, Philippines
Rafa: I did, and clearly I support the Spaniards!!! :-)