I’m heading to NY for a week starting Wednesday. So the infrequent updates could get even more less frequent. Don’t forget that Inés and genny_ss are posting more frequent updates to Facebook.
China Open promotional video:
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Rafa is number two on Forbes’ list of The World’s Highest-Paid Tennis Players.
Experts Roundtable: Burning questions for 2012 U.S. Open – including a bit on what Rafa’s absence means.
A Grand Slam Without Rafa is Wrong – by Chuck Culpepper (sportsonearth.com)
Murray mentions Rafa in his pre-US Open presser.
The Hunger Games –
Rafa’s second round presser is up. It’s another short one. I actually had a funny twitter exchange with the ASAP Sports account and the last short transcript. They said that with a lot of the local media being Spanish speaking, most of Rafa’s pressers are in Spanish and they don’t transcribe those.
Q. Do you feel it was an easy night tonight, very easy?
RAFAEL NADAL: I never feel an easy match at this high level of competition, no? No
This was my first trip to Indian Wells. I had heard many great things about this tournament and was excited to see why players and fans loved it so much. Actually, this was my first visit to California and my grown daughter came with me. She’s also a huge tennis fan and had many favorites on her list to see. We arrived in Palm Springs on Friday, March 9th, coming into Palm Springs Airport and got our rental car. The first thing we noticed
Lopez/Nadal Reclaim Indian Wells Title – via the ATP
Rafael Nadal salvages desert weekend with doubles title at BNP Paribas Open – via mydesert.com (worth a click for the photos alone)
Shutterbug: Rafael Nadal & Marc Lopez – by Arienna Lee
Roger Federer facing tough draw at Sony Ericsson Open – news about Miami via the miamiherald.com
Nadal to use Miami doubles opportunity – via ESPN UK.
Last two points of Nadal and Lopez vs. Paes and Stepanek
Be sure to give
Rafa’s semifinal presser is up:
Q. Were the conditions as bad as they looked from up here?
RAFAEL NADAL: Was the worst day, yeah. The weather conditions, yeah, wasn’t easy to play. But it was a good match. He played fantastic, and just congratulate him.
Q. You’ve played plenty of matches in the wind, and you’ve done in the wind. Was today different? Maybe it was cold? Did he do anything to surprise you?
RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think he started the
Photos from tonight’s most smiley doubles final.
Photos by Harry How/Getty Images, Matthew Stockman/Getty Images, and ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Shortly after falling to Federer in the singles final, Isner was back out with his doubles partner Querrey to play Rafa and Marc! in the doubles final. The first set was all Team Cuteness with Querrey being the weakest link on the court. Querrey sorted things out a bit, and they managed to break Rafa’s serve in the second set, but Team Cuteness came back, forced a tiebreak and took it. They win the doubles title: 6-2, 7-6(3).
Stuff I gathered while watching the singles final and waiting for the doubles…which tennistv.com swears they will broadcast..
Coming Up Aces – by Steve Tignor (tennis.com)
Racquet Reaction: Federer d. Nadal – by Ed McGrogan (tennis.com)
Ellison Puts His Money Where His Forehand Is – by Ben Rothenberg. So, Rafa was staying at Ellison’s place.
Federer Beats Nadal To Reach Final – via the tourny site
Rafa Pleased With Progress – via the ATP
Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer rivalry is aging