Based on these pictures, I think it must be Rafa’s 16th birthday – he loses 10 years off his face with that big, wonderful smile.
Photos by AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, REUTERS/Nir Elias, and THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages
3 Jun 2012 | by miri | 29 Comments
he looks great in those pics. So happy and relaxed. Hope they sent the cake to his room so him and the team could enjoy it :)
Happy B’day Dear Rafa!!! Many you continue to shine ever so brightly for many more years to come!!! You have brought soo much joy to all of us, Here’s hoping for many Victories…more Slams too!! God Bless!! Vamos Rafa!!!
That’s all so nice! Happy birthday, Rafa! :D
Wonderful photos! He looks so happy and relaxed – so unlike the early birthdays at RG….. Vamos for tomorrow!!
Beautiful cake and happy BD boy. Is that cheese cake on top with berries? Looks yummy to me, but Rafa maybe not.
What beautiful photos! Rafa looks so boyish, happy and content. Vamos Rafa!! You bring so much joy in all that you do, and by being the extraordinary person that you are!!! We are all so glad you were born on this day 26 years ago:) Have yourself a wonderful day with friends and family, and with a little practice of course!!! You deserve the best…
Love these pics! His smile melts my heart… and LOVE the jacket! That blue against his tanned skin is… awesome! :-)
Blue is definitely his best color…
I remember the big one, the year he turned 21. Oh man, has it really been five years? Can’t believe that much time has gone by. Love the last photo. That big relaxed smile.
(#13 could be a mischievous suggestion — if the racquet doesn’t do it, try the knife!)
Happy birthday, Rafa! On to numero siete!
Maybe I’ve gotten carried away with my fandom; I actually welled up looking at these photos as if I were looking at my own son! Time passes so quickly and they’re all grown up before you know it. Part of me wishes he could stay like this forever.
I feel the same way. We have been watching him grow from a boy to a man and I want him to stop now….like Peter Pan! Not really I guess….I just love watching him play and enjoy the person he is and has beome. As proud as I would be of my own child. We are beyond help, us Rafa fans!!!
Love to see you happy. Thank you for the joy you bring to many lives.Hope it stays this way for a long time to come. Happy Bday, Rafael Nadal-Parera!
Happy birthday Rafa! Even though I am a late entry into the tennis world, I get to know the Nadal! Better late than never hey? May you continue to have good health, happiness and tonnes of love. May you continue to be successful in areas that you love, especially tennis. You are so much loved by the millions around the world.
Awww, Happy Birthday, Rafa! Love that he’s happy, smiling, and impossibly adorable. Glad he gets his birthday off the court, but still had a crowd sing happy birthday to him yesterday :D.
Hope he had a lovely day and that he’s prepared to take out Marcel tomorrow! Vamos, Champ!
pssssst…Pico. Not Marcel. It’s your other fiance that has to play Marcel.
Oops! That’s right, it’s a re-match of DC! :P and i have to get up in 8 hours for Lil’ Man v Honking Marcel. We’ll see if that happens.
how many birthday celebrations did he have? the pics above are different than the one rafa put on facebook?
The Facebook one was at midnight with his team and family. The ones above are from one today that the tournament put on. He got more cake at Stade2 too!
lovely everyone loves rafa – but he can’t have much of the cakes at all!
He got another cake at STADE2? from whom? Wow! he is LOVED! :o)
From the TV crew – he got to know them well, after years of interviews at their terrace-studio inside the RG grounds.
Luckily, this third cake was small, but looking delish (strawberry charlotte, seems like, surrounded with a ring of choc pralines): http://s15.postimage.org/53eerxwih/Newscom_zumaredwestphotostwo506080.jpg http://s15.postimage.org/nny1l9sk9/Newscom_zumaredwestphotostwo506071.jpg
Cool! thanks for the link Robert! :o)
Yummy RAFA! Ohh…and the cake too! ;o)
#8 really makes him look 16. So cute and adorable Rafa. I hope you had a wobderful bday with friends and family. Sadly you have to play a fiend today but Vamos for that..May all the wishes you made whike blowing the candles come true.
*wonderful *friend *while oh.god,so many typos.
I’m too lazy to check…But I’m sure somebody must know off hand. Is Rafa the only player to celebrate their birthday during the French Open? The tournament makes it a yearly effort to get him a cake! Which I think is so cool. I soooo loved the birthday wishes from his colleagues on “Road to Roland Garros”
Bjorn Borg’s birthday is on 6th june – read that somewhere. Dunno is RG made a cake for him every year, though.
I fucking love that jacket! Looks fresh as hell… So does Rafa.
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