Wimbly: Times Blog and Q&A #8
New entries up on The Times. First, the blog:
Hello everyone and please find here a few words before the answers. Those of you who have seen the match, I am sure you have enjoyed it. It was a great level of match and to be honest I wasn’t sure I could finish it.
At some point I felt a lot of pain, like if something had broken… I almost cried of pain and of thinking I could have really gotten injured. I went after the match to get an MRI of my ankle/foot. Will give the results to the press in the morning.
Tomorrow Rory McIlroy is coming to Wimbledon and I am really looking forward to meeting him again!. Had the chance to meet him in NY last year and now I will see him again after he’s won a major! I am normally hitting in the afternoon, at around 4 but will come to the tournament site just to see him.
One of the commentors here summed up my feeling on Rafa and pain: he probably plays in so much pain every day that he’s used to, new ones freak him out. It’s like he gets used to a certain level, decides he can live with it and move forward….but one more niggle and…!!! And no, I’m not doubting he was in pain, but I think pain means more to him and he reacts more to it (especially new pain) than he did in the past. I also think that’s all part of growing up.
Now the Q&A:
Since you are such a good mover on the court, are you also a good dancer? Loreta
No, not at all! I am a bad dancer!
Yes, we’ve seen your salsa.
During the 2008 Olympics, I had an opportunity to see the Spanish national basketball team play and was impressed with Ricky Rubio. Now I see he is going to play in the NBA. Do you have any thoughts? Do you follow basketball? Jane
I think he is a great player and will do very well, really looking forward to playing against the best. He is really, really good!
Have you ever watched Bollywood movies? Kaushik
Not for the moment.
He likes musicals (at least in the theater) and he seems to be a bit of a sentimental guy, I think he might like Bollywood movies.
Are there some places in the world (besides Manacor) where you can still walk around without attracting too much attention? Cynthia Tanner
Not that I am aware of but it is nice to see people like you.
Heh. In such a diplomatic mood.
Is it true, that the taller the player, the bigger and better his serve is? Tathagata
That is normally the case.
Was it too much to play in the Davis Cup on hard court just one week after Wimbledon? Goran
I have said it loud and clear to the media on Sunday and again today. Things must change in the Davis Cup. I love to play for my country and the way it is scheduled is simply impossible.
Yes. You spoke strongly on the subject and your frustration came through loud and clear. I do hope they can sort something out.
I love the traditions at Wimbledon but the one where both players walk off the court together seems to have been overlooked this year. What do you think? Natalie W
I haven’t realized that since I always walked on court and out with my rival.
You walk out with your rival? As in leave the court with them? Since when? You are usually far behind! (Unless you lost – like most players.) I think in the past the tradition at Wimbly was because players were to pause on the way out and, in unison, bow to the royal box. They removed the bowing clause a few years ago, I think.
Or “out” as in walking out into the court. Because that’s another thing and usually dictated by an official at the edge of the court.
What did you think of Andy Murray’s performance today. Are you worried about possibly meeting him in the semi-final? Julian
Andy is a great player and I have always said it. Right now my main concern is Mardy Fish, my next rival. Have to be frank with you.
Who’s Frank? (*ba-dump bump* Try the veal, I’ll be here all week.)
You’ve said before that you like Wimbledon as a place but have you had an opportunity to visit anywhere else in the UK? If so where? Kirstie
Not much, apart from London I have not had the chance. One day I suppose. Benito, my PR guy, tells me there are many beautiful places down south too.
London’s already pretty far south. Not on the coast, though. I think our boy needs a coast.