- The Right Wing – Steve Tignor (tennis.com). What can you learn about the top players from how they deal with early round matches?
- Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray advance – AP via ESPN (includes a “wrap-up” video for the day)
- Racquet Reaction: Nadal d. Farah – Hannah Wilks (tennis.com)
- Nadal and Murray cruise past Colombian challenge in Barcelona – from CNN
- Nadal Sets Tipsarevic Clash With Farah Win; Ferrer Reaches QFs – from the ATP.
- Roland Garros Player’s List.
- Rafa (well, his backside), makes a brief appearance in this video from the Barcelona tournament: Cuestión de raquetas.
- iB3 report on the 2nd round match.
- A clip from Rafa’s presser.
- The tourny gave us an “up the shorts” shot…well, almost.
- They also shared a slightly more standard presser photo.
- Toni Colom shared a photo from a warm-up session.
- The cover of the tournament’s daily newspaper.
- The tournament also shared a match photo a match photo.
- How adorable is he?
- Rafa photos in the tournament stream starting here.
Rafa does social media:
Rafa shared a photo of himself working his concentrate face while wrapping his grip pre-match. Me? I want to see more of what’s going on behind him.
And then he got a little excited on Twitter today:
Vamooos!!!q grande Fernando que emoción!!felicidades al atletico de Madrid y al at.Bilbao!!!que sea una gran final!
— Rafael Nadal (@RafaelNadal) April 26, 2012
Which mangles to:
Vamooos! Fernando that great emotion! Congratulations to Atletico Madrid and at.Bilbao! to be a grand finale!
Rafa clearly likes the exclamation point key better than the space bar…and somehow, that feels right.
- Tennis’s Olympic Power Struggle – by Simon Cambers. The ITF wants to double the number of ties players must make themselves available for in the four-year period leading up to the 2016 Olympics in order to be eligible to participate.