According to this article, Rafa has confirmed his intention to play the 2010 Barcelona Open.
More footage of Rafa playing with tots before getting the mondo trophy.
Posted by europapress.
rtve.es has a bit of video of the trophy presentation and playing tennis with the tots.
Also, here’s ib3′s coverage posted by luneworld:
And EFE has extremely similar (exactly?) coverage:
Posted by Patxy270180.
Rafa was given a full-sized replica of the Conde de Goda trophy by the Barcelona Tennis club. He’s the only player to have received this honor. It’s the club Rafa calls his own and he was won the title 5 times.
On Oct. 22nd, Rafa will receive a full-sized replica of the Trofeo Conde de Godo – the huge trophy given out for the Barcelona tournament. He’s being bestowed this honor because he’s the only player in the history of the tournament to win it five times. (Source/Google Translation)
No word on how he’s going to fit that huge sucker into his trophy case…
Atch2 sent in this 2005 article from The Independent. Excerpts:
Last Sunday, 24 hours before the Godo tournament got under way on the manicured acres of the Real Tenis Club de Barcelona, the magazine Tenis A Fondo put on display a thousand posters of Nadal at their sales kiosk to give away as inducements to buy the publication. They were gone inside an hour.
Hey, his fans were just following his thieving ways…posters, towels…what’s the difference?
Nadal’s first emergence
Looks like this presser was during the Barcelona tournament.
Rafa Nadal se mostró orgulloso de que su juego haya sido comparado con el Barcelona de Guardiola
Which Google translates to:
Rafa Nadal was proud that his game has been compared to Barcelona Guardiola
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