RafaLint: September 29th
The qualifiers have been placed into the Beijing draw and Rafa’s first opponent is Santiago Giraldo.
Rafa’s pre-tournament presser:
Today’s recommended reading:
Rafael Nadal in ‘nowhere’ land – by Aditya Iyer (indianexpress.com). Learn more about the program in place at the school Rafa’s foundation funds in Anantapuram, India and the history behind the choice of this location.
The foundation aims to use “sport as a tool for personal and social reintegration”, and Nadal’s efforts have ensured that hundreds of children from the neighbouring villages have been arriving twice a day, daily, for the past three years to play a sport they hadn’t heard of, to study a language (English) that only “abroad folk” speak and to learn to use a computer, a tool that has brought the universe to Anantapur.
Shoes for charity:
Rafa is one of the many celebreties who have donated their shoes to help raise funds for Small Steps Project – a group dedicated to supporting children around the world who live on rubbish dumps and survive from scavenging. (You can see his shoe listing here.)
- Tennis great Nadal hails Korean junior player – via koreaherald.com
- Different atmospheres, styles on display at China Open practice courts – by Zach Mink (chinaopen.com)
Nadal’s arrival incited a circus of screams and cheers from the crowd, a rock star among the hoards of fans awaiting his entrance. Nadal suavely tipping his cap to a group of Chinese girls only heightened the shrieks of delight.
- Rafa Presses Novak For No. 1 in Beijing – via atpworldtour.com
For Novak Djokovic to have a chance to extend his stay at No. 1, he must win the Beijing title for a fourth time and retain 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Anything less, and Nadal will once again reach the summit of men’s professional tennis. Nadal can also control his own No. 1 fate. By reaching the final, he is guaranteed to overtake Djokovic.
- Free calls app Line plays it cute to challenge Skype – by Paul Gallagher (has a mention of Rafa and his LINE membership)
Rafael Nadal’s live texts from big matches has helped raise Line’s profile in the Spanish player’s home country, which has 10m users.
Oh really? He’s texted from a match on LINE? Only…not.
- La Fundación de la RFET premiará a la Fundación Rafael Nadal – per the mangle it seems that Rafa’s foundation is getting an award for its humanitarian work from the RFET.
I see there was the usual mayhem at Rafa’s practice on Saturday. I don’t know if the mangle is misleading and Rafa wasn’t actually hit, but it does make me want to say: Don’t hit Rafa! Seriously, give the guy some space, don’t push and shove, and be careful – for his and your own sakes. (This stands for any autograph/photograph scrum. A scribble on a piece of paper isn’t worth pushing, shoving, yelling, screaming and otherwise being an ass.) [/old lady lecture mode off]
“Exclusive Picture: Nadal was hit head pain crazy fans still signature”
On Facebook, Cherie Wong shared a translation:
The mangle generally says that Rafa was so popular that fans have been waiting for him for at least 2 hours. They kept screaming for him that affected Li Na’s practice. The fans went to climax when Rafa finished practising so he gave autographs to satisfy them. Some fans blocked the safety passage even though there were security guards protecting the player. Some crazy fans even hit Rafa’s hit with the autograph book just for a signature and Rafa, despite showing some pain and a bit of helplessness, still signed for them seriously. Fans still went on hot pursuit when he got on this car by shoving shirts and caps to him. Rafa of course, signed for them on his car despite his fatigue. Fully showing the demeanor of a king
- Photos of Rafa’s arrival in Beijing (via China Open site)
- Fan pictures from the Saturday practice.
- Photos from Saturday’s presser
- Pictures from today’s practice
Rafa does social media:
Rafa let us know he practiced with Verdasco:
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 28, 2013
Social media related to Rafa:
Twitter is pretty hard to access in China, so most social media traffic moves to Weibo during the tournament. I don’t have access to that. (And I’m not just taking photos people post from there and uploading them without the original poster’s permission…which I can’t get since I don’t have access to Weibo. Catch-22.) So, this section might be light during the tournament.
The Rafa Poker my friend made had reached to Rafa himself. And he seems to like it! Awwww happy for him! pic.twitter.com/43i1C9fUtw
— VitaFu-RafaFan (@Vitafu0810) September 29, 2013
And here’s the set of cards mentioned above:
My friend just sent me a set of self-made Rafa Poker!! Awesome!! pic.twitter.com/ewNnfd204n
— VitaFu-RafaFan (@Vitafu0810) August 25, 2013
Fans of @RafaelNadal today is Saint Rafael's Day. In Mallorca we say "Molts d'anys"
— David J. Nadal (@davidjnadal) September 29, 2013