First up! Rafa’s name is on an OOP! He kicks off his comeback by playing doubles tomorrow “Not Before 6:00 PM”. It will be broadcast locally, so check the usual streaming sources for a stream.
Good news for those of us in the US who get The Tennis Channel, they’ve added Rafa’s first match to their broadcast schedule!
Nadal is making his return to the ATP Tour this week and you can watch it LIVE on @tennischannel, Wednesday, Feb 6 at 4pm ET
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) February 4, 2013
Rafa doing his promo thing for KIA.
Did he really start with “geee-day” instead of g’day? All the best, Rafa. All the best.
- Fan Fare: Seven Months Without Rafael Nadal – via changeovertennis.com (I adore the presser included in this post.)
- Best of Three: All eyes on Nadal in return from knee injury – by Jon Wertheim (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- No faulting Rafael Nadal for being wary on comeback from injury – by Steve Elling (thenational.ae)
- What to expect as Rafa Nadal returns to tennis – by Simon Cambers (thetennisspace.com)
- The Week in Preview: Rafa Shakes Off the Rust – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
- Rafa returns – by Scott Riley (sportsnetwork.com)
- Rafael Nadal’s knee may bother him for a few weeks – AP via usatoday.com
- Rafael Nadal must show form of old if he is to spread fear among rivals on his return, says Andy Murray – by Simon Briggs (telegraph.co.uk)
- Rafael Nadal: Former world number one set for comeback – by Piers Newbery (bbc.co.uk)
- Can Rafael Nadal recover to reign again? – by Paul Newman (independent.co.uk)
- Corona Slice: Rafa’s Long-Awaited Return! – by Matt Fitzgerald (atpworldtour.com)
- Un autógrafo para la esperanza – via elmundo.es (mangle) What a sweet story.
- Nadal dejó a la Kel en la mesa del pellejo – that’s one heck of a headband tan line. (mangle)
- En partido de práctica, Rafael Nadal le ganó dos sets a Nicolas Massú – via emol.com (mangle) There’s also a new photo gallery, but it only showed for me on the non-mangled version of the page.
- Snippet from an interview from the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy app.
- Short practice video
- Practice video – get your neck swivel muscles ready.
- Nadal y Massú fueron la atracción en el court central de Las Salinas (this buffered constantly for me, so here’s a YouTube version)
- TV Report with a bit of footage of Rafa and tots.
- Photos from Monday’s practice.
- A nicer photoset from today’s practice.
- More practice photos.
- Rafa at the player party: one, two and three.
Rafa does social media:
- Rafa shared a photo of himself with ooodles of tots – always a cute combo.
- He posted about the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy app.
- Nike said that Rafa is ready to go.
Social media related to Rafa:
— Nicolas Massu (@massunico) February 4, 2013
A lot of focus on Rafa’s return in Chile but spare a thought for his poor opponent as the sleeping giant awakes. Rafa went 23/1 on clay 2012
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) February 4, 2013
I’ve been checking out Nadal’s new teaching App. It’s not bad at all. Needs more video up him hitting shots however.
— Tennis Connected (@TennisConnected) February 4, 2013
@scambers73 Feature of commentating on AO Radio was daily multiple emails asking about Rafa. From every corner of globe. Amazing
— Richard Ingham Evans (@Ringham7) February 4, 2013
— VTROpen by Cachantun (@VTROpen) February 4, 2013
Rafa made it to the Icon Pop Quiz!!twitpic.com/c0wljb
— Nida (@nidssserz) February 4, 2013