Rafa’s last on Ashe Friday – let’s hope he kicks off all our weekends in style.
Two days in a row and two guys played their last US Open match. So long Fish and Hewitt…you will both be missed.
This is a light-ish lint edition because Pocket (the service I shove links/tweets/etc in to all day so I can put them into a lint piece is offline…and I’m suffering from withdrawal symptoms).
Johnny Mac Tennis Project Benefit Night Photos
I had the great honor of being a photographer at the exhibition Rafa did with John McEnroe and Lleyton Hewitt. The pictures in the slide show on their site I linked to the other day are mine. I’m currently uploading the rest of them (far too many of them) to flickr. There’s a lot of smiley Rafa, so enjoy.
(The light wasn’t great at the start of the match and just got worse, but I did the best I could. I’m leaving them uploading as I go to bed. When there are 320 photos in the set, it will be complete. Yes. 320 photos. Of not a lot of tennis. Yes. I have a problem.)
- Nadal Streaks Into Third Round, To Renew Fognini Rivalry – via atpworldtour.com
- Tested but not beaten, Nadal advances – by Jonathon Braden (usopen.org)
- For Rafael Nadal, Serenity Now, Victory Later – by Tom Perotta (wsj.com)
“When you play good, all the things go easy,” Toni Nadal said in an interview on Saturday, two days before the U.S. Open began. “You lose a little here, a little here—you lose a little confidence, a little coordination. When you’re nervous and you’re like this, you cannot hit the ball.”
- Nadal’s army yearns to see him overcome struggles, return to old self – by S. L. Price (si.com)
- US Open 2015: Rafael Nadal hits back at critics after win over Diego Schwartzman – via theguardian.com
“For the fans, it is normal that they are worried because I am worried, too. If I am not playing well, I am the first one who worries.”
- L’homme derrière Nadal – via (mangle)
- Three to See: 2015 U.S. Open, Day 5 – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
Rafa has played decently in his first two rounds, but has continued to look vulnerable. We’ll see if Fognini is in the mood to take advantage. Either way, it will be interesting to see how the New York night crowd takes to Fabio, and how Fabio takes to the New York night crowd. Winner: Nadal
- Rafael Nadal can regain title-winning form, says Boris Becker – via Skyports.com
- Lopez: Rafa Will Rise Again; Spanish Tennis May Not – via tennisnow.com
- Why Tennis Star Rafael Nadal Seems a Very Happy Sex Object – by Emily Shire (via thedailybeast.com)
- Nadal vs. Schwartzman highlights
- Wednesday photos – via corinnedubreuilphotography.com
- 2nd round presser
- Rafael Nadal / ESPN Players Profile
Rafa does social media:
Social media related to Rafa:
- Behind the scenes at the US Open: Player registration – by Ashley Marshall (usopen.org)
- Kasatkina Embracing Lucky Loser Role – by Courtney Nguyen (wtatennis.com)
“I love to watch Rafael Nadal,” Kasatkina said. “My favorite. Today I will go to watch him. He’s unbelievable. A lot of people say he pushes the ball, but he never does. He hits full power with the spin. His character, he is a fighter. An unbelievable fighter.”