I am still riding high on a vamos cloud so thought I would jot down a few memories of my time at the tour finals this year.
2013 was my 4th visit to the event and definitely the best one yet as I got to see SO MUCH RAFA (all 5 matches and 4 practice sessions)!!! I was determined to cherish every moment as even though I enjoyed going in 2012, the sparkle was missing. I had a bit of a similar feeling with Andy Murray not being there this year. It just didn’t feel right without him there.
I am a Londoner, but until this year I had never attended the World Tour Finals. When the showdown event initially moved to London, attending it just didn’t really appeal to me – I thought the O2 would be inaccessible and the venue too big to make watching tennis enjoyable. Then in 2010 I moved to Hong Kong and suddenly the O2 was no longer in my city and I found myself watching with growing interest from afar. Earlier this year I
@RafaNadalUnoffi just enjoyed her first in-person Rafa experience and has offered to share it with us.
Like most tennis fans my major ambition was to attend a big tournament and watch my idol at work, but over the years I have been unable to fulfill that goal despite numerous attempts at the Wimbledon ballot (not to mention University or work getting in the way). That was until April this year when, on a Bank Holiday Monday, I thought this is my opportunity; I need to seize it. I had
The 2014 Calendars are here! This year, the calendar comes in two flavors. Pick one, pick them both, but no matter what you do, be sure to keep some money left over for when Rafa’s official calendar is released.
Hope you like them.
(Thanks to Inés, Genny, SapphireSwell, Annie, Ataraxis, Nida and kefuoe for helping me pick pictures.)
I just noticed a page on the RedBubble site saying that people living in the UK might get charged import
Today, both Benito and Rafa posted about the death of Bob Gaffney. Bob, or Uncle Bob as he was known to many Rafa fans, was a long time Rafa fan and former moderator in the forum on Rafa’s official website. If you weren’t a member of that forum, you might have known Bob from Twitter as @afterhours12. He had followed Rafa’s career since 2005 and spent some of that time taking pictures. When I first started looking for information
I hope everyone got a chance to catch the “hot” doubles on sportsnet. Here are a few more photos from the match which was so much fun in so many ways :)
By the time I arrived the crowd surrounding the court was quite “thick” but people were coming and going and fairly polite when it came to giving everyone a turn to see or photo Rafa … nice to see.
At one point the sun was in Rafa’s eyes so as you can see in the photo he donned a pair of sunglasses which he wore for perhaps two volleys
Before my flight from Montreal to Toronto I saw the practice schedule and noticed Rafa was posted from 11am-1pm and then at 4pm on court 8 (which is a double practice court, furthest away from the fans). My flight was getting in
Oops! I totally forgot to publish lint yesterday. Sorry about that. This means today’s social media section will be chock full with two days of fan pictures of Rafa practicing. Hey, that’s not a bad thing.
Now, something that might be a bad thing: tomorrow is my first day in my company’s new office building. I no longer have a cube and sit out in the open with my monitor visible to people at all times. This will make keeping up with twitter (to gather lint) during the day very difficult. It will also make live tweeting match scores very difficult.
Sia went to the Rogers Cup on Sunday and sends in some observations and photos. You can follow her on twitter for more updates!
On Sunday I went to watch a few qualifying matches and to see who I could see practicing. Rafa’s practice was a highlight to be sure … but waiting for it to start was a test in weather fortitude. Wind, rain, and a huge drop in temp while standing at the top of the stands, which were rattling and swaying back and forth in the wind … and the one caramel Lindt ball I had for
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