Wimbly: Times Blog and Q&A #11
New entries are up! Rafa was feeling chatty. First, the blog:
My first words go to Andy Murray, he is a very talented player, a really good one, best of best and yesterday during the first set he proved it once again. What a first set, there was no way I could keep up with his shots! I always say it but it will be sooner than later that he will win a Grand Slam. And I also think that even if he hasn’t won a major yet, he is much better than some players that have won one!
And my next thing is to thank the crowds! Once again they proved how respectful, fair and knowledgeable are. These are arguably the best crowd in the World since they have always been very supportive with their local player but also with the rival. Every time I’ve played here they have been like this! Really feel good here!
And to finalize, wanted to congratulate Novak for being number one. He has been the best player so far this year and deserves to be the ATP World number 1.
As you can imagine I am very happy for being again on the final of Wimbledon. If anyone would have told me when I was 15, or 16 or 19 years old that I would have played 5 finals at Wimbledon I would have not believed it. But I am very fortunate and tomorrow I will be playing my fifth final here. Very excited and looking forward to that. I am sure it will be difficult for me to sleep well tonight….
I like how the crowds are knowledgeable because they support him. ;) (I know that’s not what he’s saying, but the thought amuses me.) Good luck getting to sleep tonight, Rafa and best of luck tomorrow.
Now, the Q&A:
Q&A: Get your questions into Rafa by e-mailing email@example.com and follow his progress in his own words.
Hello Rafa! Next year when you come back to Wimbledon for Olympic Games, will you be staying at the Olympic village with all other sportsmen or at the apartment same as during the regular tournament? Best wishes from all your fans in Bangladesh. Upoma & Paroma, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Yes, I am really looking forward to coming back here next year twice at least. The Olympics is something special. I will be staying during Wimbledon at the house I rent, but during the games at the Olympic village with all the athletes. I loved that atmosphere and would like to live it again!
Awww. I remember all the stories about him loving the village last Olympics. He arrived so tired and said that atmosphere really energized him. Hope it’s worth the traffic getting to and from Wimbledon!
Why do you call Maymo “Tin Tin”? Is it because he looks like the Belgian detective cartoon? Atch
Hahahahahah. We started like that one day and now we all call him like that. He didn’t like it much at the beginning, but now it’s OK.
So is that a yes on the cartoon character resemblance? I think so.
Hi Rafa. Which of your Nike kits in recent years would you say is your favourite? Mine was the one you wore at Roland Garros when you won last year. Great colours and design. Nicole
I actually love all their designs. I love the fact that they always have live colors, except here the white of Wimbledon, which I also think is special and like it.
I love live colors too. So much better than dead ones. Why is it that “incorrect” English often sounds twice as expressive and descriptive as correct English? I mean, “sleep the foot” totally describes how his foot must feel so much better than “numb the foot”. And the colors he wears are most definitely live.
There is a lot of talk on Twitter that you will be joining after Wimbledon, is this true? And if you are, can you tell us when exactly? Looking forward to your tweets! Sofie from NYC
Yes, I am thinking about it. Not sure if it will be right after Wimbledon or when we go to Montreal.
Since he rarely posts on Facebook when not on tour, I’d bet on when he goes to Montreal
Wimbledon is the only tournament where the winner is not taken to some famous city sight to be photographed with the trophy the next day, as is the practice in New York, Paris and Melbourne. If you could choose a famous sight in London to go to for an official photograph, where would it be and why? Julie (Woofs)
True. I suppose that the picture at that gorgeous stadium is strong enough for them. Maybe the first one would be in front of the Big Ben I suppose. Will have to ask Benito Perez-Barbadillo, my publicist.
Maybe they just want to avoid traffic too.
What’s your second favourite European country (Spain being the first, I assume)? Have you ever been to Hungary? Edina
I have never been to Hungary, but I hear it is beautiful, especially the capital, Budapest. I love many things of many countries, especially cities like Paris, Rome, London and many others.
Budapest is in my list of cities I’d like to see one day.