Missed the Hangout? It’s archived here. Enjoy!
22 Jun 2012 | by miri | 19 Comments
Well, that was kinda cool. Thank G*d for YouTube, made it easier than Google+.
And the mod asked two of my questions (I’m sure many others asked them as well), so I was gratified. Just wish he’d asked follow-ups, but can’t have everything.
The journos were a disappointing lot, even tho Nguyen is one of my favs — they didn’t ask anything new, and made a lot of noise (especially Harman. Thunderer, indeed). It was like lobbing marshmellows at a gator. Cute gator, tho…
A smart PR staff would tabulate all the questions posted over this week and have the answers ready for all sorts of small squidges during the coming months, especially as material for that dull-looking, cranky website they’ve got now.
(Really DO have to work on that ALL RAFA SATELLITE NETWORK propo. There’s such a need for it.)
That was fun, and I hope he does this again, just with fans. I wish that Rafa’s team would have selected some different questions for him to answer, as we have heard a lot of it before..except for the t-shirt. And I never realized how hyper Neil Harman is…kept drawing the camera to him by his fidgets. Also, Mr. H., Rafa did not grab at the trophy and bonk himself, he did it as he was lowering it. Thanks for posting this so fast, miri.
Rafa is so special. I quite enjoyed the interview but that journalist Neil from the Times (with the pink shirt) was driving me mad, he would not sit still, I thought that was a bit rude.
Andrew Castle who was conducting the interview said some really nice things to Rafa because he is a huge Andy Murray fan and during Wimbledon he brings Murray up in every conversation.
Wish there had been more questions from Rafa’s fans but it’s always wonderful to see Rafa answering questions honestly. Despite his success, fortune and fame he remains humble.
Such fun, a pleasure to see and hear Rafa so engaging, genuine, respectful as always. Loved his reaction to the question about the t-shirt…I want one too!
Andrew Castle works for British national television most of the time and it would only be normal for him to talk about Murray and cheer him on. Not strange at all. He has also, always, got great things to say about Rafa, in fact I think he is a bit of a Rafa fanboy. Andrew did an excellent job here to put Rafa at ease, me thinks.
@cc, I wasn’t implying that it was strange that Andrew brings up Murray all the time, it was nice to hear the things he said to and about Rafa, since he is a big Murray fan. He could work for the BBC and be a fan of any player. I am British and I am a Rafa fan.
Even though Andrew Castle works for the BBC during Wimbledon, along with John Lloyd he can gush about Murray a little too much. Several tennis fans I have spoken to, agree.
Every conversation about the three top players has to include Murray, due respect to Murray but I don’t think there is a top 4, there are 3 champions who are in their own class and a great player at number 4.
Sometimes presenters and commentators bring their own personal thoughts and feelings into the commentary box and say a little too much on air, a couple presenters and commentators like to have a dig at Rafa sometimes about his routines and I think it’s unnecessary.
Any idea where we can buy the #HIS7ORY tee from?
NIKE might have it..but not sure if it’s available worldwide..I know for sure NIKE in Malaysia (my country) Tshirt range SUCKS! haha..
Click on “Support this site” in the right hand column (right under the poll and the Alma Nadal ad) …then under “Gear.”
addenda: then US or UK/European shop. sorry
While I appreciate you pointing that out – just want to be clear: that’s not an official Nike shirt (like Rafa was wearing). It’s one I made via Spreadshirt. I really, really hope Nike sells a version eventually.
The one you made Miri is very nice too. Mine arrived this morning, and I’m very pleased with it. I hope you sell lots.
First of all, the Google+Hangout video is interesting and wonderful!
More importantly, I would like to offer my sincere apology, which in my opinion, is long overdue for some inconsiderate things I directed toward you when I first commented on this forum a while ago. I now realize that I allowed myself to become needlessly thoughtless over certain trivial issues. You probably know by now that I am not one to agree with others for the sake of being accepted or just to get along with the majority. I will speak my opinions boldly to whomever, but I also respect the opinions of others. After realizing over time that you spend many, many hours of work maintaining this blog and ensuring that nadal fans in particular have access to information about their favorite player as soon as possible, I have to admit that I was wrong to be so thoughtless in my judgment. Be that as it may, please accept my apology! I know that it is the right thing to do!
Your efforts, along with the diligent work of your team to consistently keep nadal fans informed are quite commendable. Occasionally, I check this site for various information on nadal; eg., interview transcripts, videos, photos, other info, etc.. and I must admit, more often than not, if the information is available your site will have it posted. I am a diehard nadal fan and although I certainly do not believe everything I read and hear regardless of who the author is, I still search for every piece of information and analyze it for myself knowing that the the truth will eventually unfold. You and your team have done a fantastic job providing rafafans with updates. In any case, your commitment to keeping us informed is deeply appreciated. Many Thanks!
Miri, I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating, much gratitude for this site and all that you do to ensure its integrity. The only problem is, if I don’t curtail my frequent viewing to stay abreast of what’s going on and chat with others, I am going to find myself unemployed! But “seriously”…thank you very much:)
Rafa looks TIRED in that chat.. Hope he’ll have enough energy left in him for a successful Wimbledon campaign.
I love this hangout! I didn’t have any preconceived idea of how it should be done, because I knew it was probably Google-initiated and would be quite formal, so I never expected it to be a spontaneous one like Pico’s. Rafa’s a much bigger star and has a different personality. If this were up to him, he wouldn’t choose to talk to the public at all. Not saying the set-up was flawless and they could certainly improve on a lot of things, but I’m just happy to have this and thorough enjoyed it.
I complain a lot about journalists but this time I appreciate their presence! C Note’s question got Rafa to start talking. Knowing that he almost couldn’t breathe on Monday before the match put things into perspective. I still get goosebumps over this. I also like Harman’s questions about Nalbandian and the trophy. I think if it were all up to fans, they would all be focusing on what to ask, or trying to come up with “good” questions. It’s not easy when you’re put on the spot and I think the 3 fans did well under the circumstances. And you just have to give the pros the credit sometimes.
Although I miss the slam Q&A & blog I appreciate that Rafa and team are trying to give us something new. And Rafa probably had to cook after the chat? This is funny ;P
Actually, almost every question asked were also asked by the fans — I read a LOT of the questions posted to Rafa’s page. That was gratifying. No surprise that the fans shown in the hangout were chosen and vetted beforehand — who wants a loose cannon swinging around? But someone should have corralled Harman and taught him some basics, he was quite distracting.
Couldn’t agree more, Melissa!
Love this! Rafa looks gorgeously shy and seems to be enjoying himself. Totally different atmosfera from the pressers nowadays, where he is very stiff and grumpy.
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