Wimbledon on the move? Flashback time and…that’s a lot of cousins. Today’s lint.
Mónaco, el campeón de V. del Mar y su eterna amistad con Nadal by Felipe Lagos (emol.com). Rafa/Pico bromance! Here’s the mangle. (Thanks for tweeting genny_ss.
Toni Nadal: «Rafael tiene otra actitud después de Australia» – by Enrique Yunta (abc.es). A positive sounding interview with Toni. Here’s the mangle. (Thanks for tweeting @RafaelNadalFC.)
No Day Off for Men in 2012 U.S. Open Final – by Christopher Clarey
Rafa does social media:
Rafa let us know he was fighting off the cold
Thanks to some prodding, I finally got around to making a DC version of the calendar. Just note, the DC pictures will be grainier than the rest because it was indoors. You can buy it on QOOP.
Length of Aussie final didn’t add up – by Kamakshi Tandon (espn.com)
Analyzing Time of Match Between Djokovic-Nadal – by by Matthew Laird (tennisgrandstand.com)
Glory in golden era of men’s tennis – by Chip Le Grand (The Australian)
Rafa sent us some videos taken at the eyeport (heh). In English:
And in Spanish:
Here’s what he had to say about these videos on Facebook:
I owed you a message and here it is, I recorded it at Melbourne’s airport :) Thanks to all for your support!
Sé que os debía un mensaje y aquí lo tenéis, lo grabé en el aeropuerto de Melbourne :) Gracias a todos por vuestro apoyo!
Rafa, you didn’t owe us a thing – you gave us your all for 6 hours last Sunday. (That
I have no idea what he’s saying, but he’s sure looking tan while saying it:
Rafa Nadal, Presidente de Honor de Lo que de verdad importa en Palma de Mallorca, no pudo estar presente en el congreso pero quiso dejarnos a todos unas palabras…
Which mangles to: “Rafa Nadal, Honorary President of What really matters in Palma de Mallorca, could not be present at the conference but would leave us all a few words …”
And we know this thanks to the iB3 and their airport stalking ways:
Check davidjnadal’s twitter for quotes from the interview and feel free to mangle them. I’m late getting back to work from lunch!
Today’s recommended reading:
Nadal vs. Djokovic: Here We Are Again, My Friend – by Brian Phillips (Grantland.com)
No, this isn’t recommended reading, it’s required reading. If you haven’t read it already – go off. Be gone with you. Read it. We’ll wait until you get back. *whistles*
The cruelest thing about this glutted golden age of men’s tennis is that it keeps producing astonishing matches, matches that actually expand your idea of what sport can be, and someone has to lose all of them.
Some new questions up in The Age (and some Reva pointed out I’d missed):
Question from Zara: I was just wondering what was your favourite kit that you’ve ever worn? I especially liked your US Open 2010 & 2011 kits as well as the polos you wore in 2009.
Rafa says: I don’t have a favorite one but I can tell you I keep one of each gear and special ones. I have yesterday’s shoes and will keep them.
Is there any
Today’s recommended reading:
Everything You Can Imagine – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
When Federer plays Nadal, Federer’s fans ask, “Why isn’t he more aggressive? Why doesn’t he do this, or that, or something else?” It looks like he should be winning. When Nadal plays Djokovic, Nadal’s fans ask the same exasperated questions. It’s not so easy. Djokovic hits with deceptive weight and accuracy, and he’s better than anyone at forcing Nadal to hit his backhand. He’s always going to have the advantage when he does that. When Nadal plays Federer, he can play his game, while his opponent must find a
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Here’s another view of the “oh god, please let it end soon” portion of the trophy ceremony. I love how the two guys to go stretch simultaneously – without looking at each other. They were both so punch drunk. Horrid they made them stand there so long.