RafaLint: July 29th
Lots of people talking about this today:
Djokovic’s father rips Federer and Nadal – by Chris Chase (via usatoday).
“Nadal was his best friend while he was winning. When things changed, they were no longer friends. It’s not sporting.”
While I don’t think these comments needed to be said and while I’m loathe to take Mr. Djokovic’s side in any matter*, it’s been clear from the handshakes at the end of their matches that the relationship between Rafa and Nole got rather chilly when Nole started winning. Perhaps Rafa had problems dealing with a guy whom he used to beat most of the time suddenly winning everything. Perhaps he didn’t like the way Nole celebrated the wins. Either way, it’s a very natural reaction and one that doesn’t make Rafa less “sporting”; it just makes him human. So, I disagree with that part of Mr. Djokovic’s statement.
I’m reminded of how Navratilova turned around her rivalry with Evert. After losing to her over and over again, Martina decided she needed to hate Chris for a while. She thought her mental problems against Evert on the court were due to the fact that they were good friends off it. So, she distanced herself emotionally; it worked and she started winning. Later, they were able to be friends again. Those two ladies had one of the most interesting, fascinating, long lasting and sporting rivalries in the game. Maybe one day Rafa and Nole will go back to hugging on the players’ green at Indian Wells. Until then, each will do what they feel they must to give themselves the best chance of winning on the court.
* I’ve often said I give Nole a huge amount of lee-way because anyone who could survive growing up in a house with the types of egos his parents show in the press and not be a complete and total asshole 24 hours a day is doing pretty well.
- Interview during the InterManacor appearance (Thanks, Inés)
- While purusing through CNote’s old Forty Deuce site searching for the Nole-hug post, I came across this: Hugs. I Want To Give Them. – which serves as your Flashback for the day.
- Rafel Nadal invitado de excepción a la presentación del InterManacor
- And move photos from the InterManacor match here (mangle).
Rafa does social media:
- Rafa gave those with vivid imaginations plenty to ponder by sharing a picture where he’s…uh…leashed up.
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) July 29, 2013
Social media related to Rafa:
- Tennis and the anti-doping debate
The number of tests carried out is woefully low, the number of out-of-competition tests and blood tests is so far behind other sports that it is easy to conclude that tennis doesn’t want to catch anybody, that they are happy to have substandard testing that will allow them to carry on with the pretence that their sport is largely clean.