The draw for the 2011 Japan Open is up. Rafa will play wildcard Go Soeda in the first round – it will be their first meeting. Seeds in his half are Fish, Tipsarevic, and Troicki. Seeds in the other half are Stepanek, Ferrer, Monaco, and Murray.
Rafa’s in Taiwan, smiling, biting things and doing a clinic. (Thanks to Atch2, Nana, Inés and others for tweeting updates!)
Relaxed Nadal and Ferrer school local tennis players
Rafa posted a photo from the clinic he did with Daveeeed
And some presser photos:
Photos by AP Photo/Wally Santana and Reuters
(In my attempt to be just 15 minutes late for work instead of 30, I missed a the presser video – updated.)
Video from Rafa’s practice:
I put the caption text from the video through a mangle:
Era passing bo!!
El que passa es que jo no encertat a res aposta…
Mos fas s’ emboscada…no podem guanyar mai amb aquests handicaps…
L’ any passat hauriem d’ haver guanyat do tota sa vida… l’ any passat va ser increible.
En Xabi Alonso va fer un pase molt bo, llarg i n’ Arbeloa va tocar de primeres be i s’ altre li va pegar be tambe…
Que a sa tercera bolla hagis de
A blogger’s review of Rafa’s book. (Part 1)
Rafa does social media:
Rafa posted another practice photo and let us know Carlos
Just a few things…but you must watch this moment of silliness:
Seems like raficionada uploaded a few more videos.
Amigos vs. amigos: una final de la Copa Davis muy especial by Sebastián Fest (elpais.cr). Here’s the mangle.
A lengthy review of Rafa’s book by Steve Flink (tennischannel.com)
The gospel according to Rafa’s Uncle Toni – book
For more information, visit www.pazsinfronteras.org/. (Can Rafa get some line reading help from his friend Pau?)
Check out sergiocord16′s YouTube channel for some DC videos.
A newly posted photo from the Champions Drink Responsibly promo Rafa shot a while back.
Let’s talk scheduling:
Martina Navratilova backs Andy Murray strike talk via BBC
STRIKE-POCALYPSE – James LaRosa’s humorous take on what a strike might mean.
The next sports work stoppage: Tennis? by Roy S. Johnson (espn.com)
From Jon Wertheim’s mailbag:
“Whistleblower” of Ann Arbor, Mich.: “I had the strangest tennis-related experience
Rafa was kind enough let us know that he, his white jeans, wings and boating magazine were finally heading home after a long time away. And, of course, the iB3 was there when he landed to give us some footage.
(mangle of text on video page – I’m thinking that, as if often does, it left a “not” out when talking about training during his week off. In other words, I think it’s “not without training.”)
Also, David J Nadal (who works
Who’s Rafa fake snogging?
Is that a Costa daughter? Or a cousin? (Posted by cymro16668)
Anyone got a higher quality one of this? I don’t see it here (and the Nadal Minutes are usually region-blocked for me anyway.)
The Sherwood Taipei to Welcome World-Renowned Tennis Players – Rafa’s getting the star treatment at an upcoming exhibtion with Daveeed.
The Implacable by Pete Bodo (tennis.com)
“He jugado en muchos sitios, pero la afición de aquí es inmejorable” by Rafael C. Mendoza. Warning: old man shorts! (mangle)
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