Spanish TV heard our fist shakes and aired the rest of the benefit match today. Thanks for recording and posting, Inés.
The Madrid draw is up on the Madrid site. Wait? Before it’s on the ATP site? It’s useful for something? *ahem* (Oh, and you have to scroll past the qualifying draw to get to the main draw.)
A very windy practice session with Pico:
(Thanks, Jorge.) Here’s another video from the same session.
Rafa and his fuzzy headband look puzzled or grumpy…or just concentrate.
Scroll down a bit on this page and you’ll see some nice photos from the award ceremony.
And here’s a video with annoying watermarks all over it.
The Marca coverage includes a picture of Rafa with hair that looks styled. STYLED
Rafa, Moya and quite a few other tennis players (Spanish and not) took part in an exhibition for the benefit of the Félix Mantilla Foundation today in Madrid. Watch this smiley and fun video:
(Thanks, Inés.) Or watch it here. And give a little fist shake of frustration to the TV station for not showing the mixed doubles part.
Félix Mantilla thanks Rafa for participating:
Interview with Rafa:
Posted by MadridOpen
I’m hoping more pictures/videos will eventually be added to the foundation’s blog –
EFE report on Rafa training.
Preview of the Madrid tournament.
Photos of Rafa practicing. What’s he doing with Maymo’s notebook in that last one? Erasing all the mentions of chocolate he’s eaten?
Nadal following in Borg’s footsteps – short article on the new RG site.
Nike once again
Just a few bits…
Rafa received an award from the Royal Spanish Tennis Federation:
Rafael Nadal galardonado con el primer “Premio Internacional Juan Antonio Samaranch” (Mangle); Més guardons per a Nadal (Mangle).
Rafa will take part in a benefit for the Fundación Félix Mantilla – an organization that wants to raise awareness about skin cancer: El ex jugador catalán Félix Mantilla alía a la ‘familia’ del tenis español contra el cáncer (Mangle). Promotional video one and two.
I owe you guys a lot of lint!
All posted by ATPWorldTour.
tve coverage (includes pool dip):
Posted by gandaines2.
And, lastly the iB3 report.
Photos from today’s final against Ferrer.
Photos by REUTERS/Albert Gea, JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images, AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino, and David Ramos/Getty Images
Lastly, the ATP tweeted this photo of Rafa’s post-match swim…still want one of him being tossed in the pool.
For a second Sunday in a row, it was Rafa and Daveeed playing for a title. (Was it just a week ago I was courtside in Monte-Carlo? Oh my.) Ferrer hadn’t beaten Rafa on clay since 2004, and Rafa was trying to become the first player to win two tournaments six times. Rafa skipped playing here last year and seemed to be itching to return to his home tournament.
Rafa broke in the 3rd game for a 2-1 lead. He broke