Clare, from the BBC 606 Rafa Nadal Appreciation thread, sent me a link to some photos she took during the WTF tournament. Including at least one famooos ass shot. :) Check them out. And, since you’ll be roaming around in flickr anyway, you’ll want to check out her Monte Carlo and USO shots as well.
Rafa’s final blog and Q&A are up. First the blog.
Hello and goodbye to everyone.
It looks like the blog I have been doing here didn’t bring me the luck as in previous ones … I am already heading today back home and I thought I needed to write this before I leave London.
I have been treated unbelievable well by everyone. By you the fans, by the ATP, the tournament organizers, the hotel people. Everything here has been great except
The transcript of Rafa’s presser can be found here.
Q. How would you describe your performance today compared to your first two matches.
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, it wasn’t bad. Wasn’t enough, but wasn’t really bad.
Yeah, you know, it was a match that I didn’t play for a lot, just to try to finish with not bad feelings. And I think I did for moments. I did some different things than I did the other days. I play some good
It would seem so by the Google translation of this story summary:
What happens to Nadal?
16:34′s slump Spanish tennis player generates an extensive debate on his fitness (27/11/2009).
Photos by Julian Finney/Getty Images,CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Image, GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, AP Photo/Sang Tan, and REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
Rafa was a dead man walking today in London – he had no chance of making the WTF semis. The match wasn’t totally without consequences, though: Djokovic needed to win in order to have a chance to make the semis and Rafa needed to protect his #2 ranking. The first set went to a tiebreaker with neither contestant playing that well. Rafa’s back stiffened up in the second set and a massage couldn’t keep him from being broken in the 4th game. It felt rather inevitable after that. Nole wins: 6-7(5), 3-6.
mary pointed me towards this video about the mascots that accompanied the players onto the court for the Rafa/Davydenko match. I love it when the kid checks the giant blue ball to make sure the company name shows. I’m sure he was told to make sure that name showed.