Coverage of the Ace Rafa event, the Olympics tennis book and other stuff to catch up on.
Interview with Rafa about the Olympics, sporting heroes, poker, luck and Roland Garros.
More news about the decision to withdraw from the Olympics…and, for a nice change of pace, smiling Rafa at the ACE RAFA event.
(Posted by Inés.)
For those who are Spanish challenged, I’m told this article includes a lot of what Rafa was saying in the interview.
“I will compete when my knee says I am ready to compete,” he added. “I don’t want to go on court with bad feeling because then it is terrible. You start, you have to stop, you suffer every day. I will go back to court when my knee is ready.”
Best thing he could say with a mind to his
Lots of articles about the sad news of Rafa’s withdrawal from the Olympics.
Posted by Babolat.
Inés has sent in some translations of quotes given by Toni in interviews today.
What Toni has said in the different interventions on the radio:
“A very sad day for him because in addition to the illusion of participating in the Olympics, which are only 1 every 4 years, the illusion of being the flag bearer”
“His condition is of sadness, he would have paid to carry the flag” ….
“You lose a match and you have assumed it, but unable to participate due to
Melissa sent this in the other day, but I didn’t have time to get it posted. Sadly, we know this isn’t going to happen and I almost didn’t post it. But then I thought it would be good to remind everyone (self included) of what this meant to Rafa; he loves the spirit of sport so much. I’m trying to remind myself that while said spirit will be diminished a bit by his absence, but it will still
Reports are coming in from the Spanish press and the AP that Rafa has withdrawn from Wimbledon. More on this as the information becomes available.