Rafa’s on the cover of the most recent copy of Tennis Magazine. The article that goes with the title is by Pete Bodo. It doesn’t really contain anything new – just talks about how incredibly honest Rafa’s post Wimbledon final presser was and Bodo’s feelings that Rafa is at a turning point in his career.
There’s also an opinion piece by Chris Evert on what she calls the seven-year itch. She feels that’s “the approximate amount of time top players seem to be able to compete on the tour before the physical and mental tolls cause them to want to take a significant break.” She said the same thing happened to her in her 7th year (when she was 24) and she thinks it’s the situation Rafa is in now. Time will tell.
Finally, Rafa’s mentioned in an interview with Jimmy Connors:
Who are your favorite players on the tour today?
Nadal for sure. And lately, Djokovic. Federer is now finding out what it’s like to have to beat Djokovic and Nadal in the semis and finals to win a tournament. So it’s going to be interesting to see how he handles that and what changes he makes to get back in the mix. But his game is more of elegance and style. Nadal is gritty and not afraid to get dirty. That’s my kind of guy.
Here’s a scan of the cover and an advert featuring Rafa:
Cover photo by Clive Brunskill/Contour by Getty Images)