Lourdes Garzón interviews the “Vanity Fair” Personality of the Year and discovers the Nadal factor: a combination of talent, intelligence and perseverance. They talk about success, money, family and how to maintain a private relationship while leading a public life.
A special message from Rafa:
Per a translation helpfully posted on Facebook by…either Inés or genny_ss:
Yesterday night, Rafa was also supposed to receive the Man of the Year “Madrid Award”, but he couldn’t attend the event because he had previously committed to attend the Vanity Fair Awards. So he recorded this message that was shown during
In it, Rafa apologizes because he isn’t attending the Gala and says that he is very thankful for the award and that he loves Madrid because every time he’s come to the city he’s felt like at home.
A bit of Rafa being besieged by the press at the Vanity Fair event:
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Rafa on the red carpet (thanks to @genny_ss):
She was also kind enough to translate some of what Rafa said:
Some of the things Rafa’s said in the video of the VF red carpet: 1) He’s working hard to recover ASAP, though as we all know process’ slow
2) He’s been asked if he has a date to return. He’s said that if he knew, he would say it. He’ll
Rafa has been named Spanish sportsman by his peers. This lovely article by Juan Jose Mateo explains why. For a change, the Spanish language challenged among us don’t have to depend on a mangle as SpanishRNFan (aka genny_ss on Twitter) has kindly provided us with a translation.
After losing six finals to Djokovic, Nadal raises his fighting spirit to return to the top and defend the Olympic gold
Never has the border between athletes and fans been more clearly established. In 2011, Rafael
Rafa receives the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award:
That’s it – not a lot. I’ve had a weird day. For those who celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving!
Photos from today’s Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award presentation. Dang, must be chilly in the O2.
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Rafa was chosen by the ATP as the winner of this year’s Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year.
The Spaniard joined Roger Federer, Carlos Moya, former South African president Nelson Mandela and Arthur Ashe as winners of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, recognised for his contributions through the Rafa Nadal Foundation. The Foundation, a recipient of a 2011 ATP ACES For Charity grant, offers educational programmes for socially disadvantaged youth using sport as a tool for personal and social
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Articles & Stuff:
Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki win at ESPYs – via espn.com. Rafa won the ESPY for male tennis player. Congrats, Rafa!
Tennis legend is exam winner – by Simon Moss/This is Hampshire. Cute story about a teenager using Rafa as inspiration.
Pro players can be friends and rivals – by Steve Tignor
U.S. Open Tennis Singles Champions to Each Get Record $1.8 Million in 2011 – bloomberg.com
Interview on French National TV after the quarterfinal:
ITF Award Ceremony:
Both uploaded by macsenders
Babolat video with Rafa and Jo-Willy:
Misc stuff I’m slapping in here before running back to work:
Interview with Toni – complete with Rafa practice footage