I know a lot of people were upset that Rafa wasn’t named SI Sportsman of the Year* and/or didn’t win the ITF award yesterday. Some of those same people are happy as heck about the L’Equipe one today. I guess I’m odd. I see all awards as stupid popularity, political or flavor-of-the-moment contests that often have little to do with actual quality. (I mean, if Peter O’Toole can die without ever winning an Oscar for one of his performances, awards are pretty damn useless. *goes back to watching Becket on a non-stop loop*) They are usually organized as promotional tools for some organization/publication/product/etc – nothing more. The only “awards” that matter to me are the titles the players win, so please excuse me for not getting too worked up about any of them.
- Nadal delighted to be back at Mubadala – by David Copper (sport360.com)
- Woodbridge: Lively balls key to Aust Open – by Ben McKay (AAP)
- Rafa Nadal and Carlos Moya visit Son Amar – via euroweeklynews.com
- Escañuela: “No lo entendemos” – via europapress.com (mangle)
- Mejor deportista, ¿tenista secundario? – via tennistopic.com (mangle)
- Nadal, mejor deportista del año para L’Equipe – via marca.com (mangle)
- 2014 Preview: ATP storylines to watch – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
- Happy Holidays from the ATP
- Video about a book for sale in Italy….at least, I think that’s what this is about.
- Todas las estrellas que pasaron por la Gala de As
- Rafa takes part in this tribute to the great Esther Vergeer.
- Fan photos at a practice session (thanks Beeb).
Rafa does social media:
- Rafa asked us if he was in or out.
Social media related to Rafa:
*Also, if anyone thinks a tennis player, much less a non-American tennis player, ever stood a chance of being named SI Sportsman of the year, you don’t really understand the state of tennis in the US sports media. To me, it seems that sports and the media that covers it in the US is more about how much pizza, pick-up trucks and beer can be sold. Tennis fans aren’t thought of as big purchasers of those items.