Everyone ready for the return of RafaTennis on Thursday? It’s early morning for me (5am or 7am I think – haven’t done the math yet). Hope y’all can watch as Rafa kick-starts 2014 before 2013 is over by taking on David Ferrer in Abu Dhabi.
- Rafael Nadal: An emotional year for me – by N.D.Prashant (gulfnews.com) This has quotes from today’s presser in Abu Dhabi.
- Spain’s Rafael Nadal and South Korea’s Yuna Kim Voted Academy’s 2013 Male and Female Athletes of the Year – by Duwayne Escobedo (ussa.edu)
- Quirks and all, Nadal is again atop his game – by Steve Elling (thenational.ae)
- Familiar foe awaits feisty Ferrer in final four – by Steve Elling (thenational.ae)
- FedEx Reliability Zone: Best By Surface – by James Buddell (atpworldtour.com)
- Djokovic (14), Nadal (11) and Ferrer (7) serve most bagels in 2013 – via barcelonaopenbancsabadell.com
- Hackett London helps style Rafael Nadal – via sport.co.uk. Wait, if Daveeed is their brand ambassador, why does he sometimes end up in the wrong colored suit at the WTF?
- Despedimos el 2013 con satisfacción y la mirada puesta en el futuro – the latest blog post from Rafa’s foundation. (mangle)
- Christmas Roundtable: Predicting the ATP Season in 2014 – via tennisviewmag.com
- Roundtable: Looking ahead to the major storylines of tennis in 2014 – via si.com
- On his way to Abu Dhabi.
- Excerpt from his presser in Abu Dhabi. Wait, you forgot Roland Garros, Rafa? Heee!
- Interview with Rafa from today in Abu Dhabi (starts around 9:40)
- 2014 Babolat photo shoot: Behind The Scenes
- El año de Nadal por TVE via YouTube or from the rtve.es site.
- Rafael Nadal, king of 2013 – The description says, “Rafael Nadal speaks to Eurosport after his phenomenal year”. Guess all Spaniards look/sound a like.
- Rafa makes the 25th Anniversary Eurosport eCard.
- Rafel Nadal viatja a Abu Dhabi on divendres comença una nova temporada – via ib3tv.com
- Nadal-Djokovic, el gran duel esportiu de l’any 2014 – via ib3tv.com
- My Special Day – Chelsea FC – When Rafa visited Stamford Bridge, he also had a short appearance in Oran Tully’s “My Special Day”
- AO promo
- Le Retour de Rafa : Rafael Nadal trailer for the Australian Open 2014 on Eurosport France
Rafa does social media:
- Rafa updated his cover photo.
Social media related to Rafa:
- You have to keep fighting and believe in your chances, says Stanisias Wawrinka
How would you rate your overall clay court performance this year? Losing in Madrid final and the Roland Garros quarterfinal must be disappointing…
No, I’m very happy with those results! Both in Madrid and in Paris I lost against the best clay court player of all times, Rafael Nadal. He’s such a tough opponent, he doesn’t give away a single point.
- Nadal, Djokovic, Ferrer, Murray, Wawrinka, Tsonga… Who would win that 100m sprint? – by Reem (rabulleil.blogspot.com)
- Take your 2013 tennis quiz – by Kamakshi Tandon (espn.com). How’d you do? I missed ^*. (Note: one of the options in question six is spelled incorrectly.)
*The answer to #18 is incorrect – it should be grass (Newport), not hard.