(The “I’m only slightly delirious from one sleepless Australian Open night” edition.)
Babolat is offering you the chance to win cool prizes…if you have reflexes like Rafa (and a Facebook account). Play here.
A promo video for the contest:
‘Big Four’ Still Missing a Vital Element: Nadal – by Christopher Clarey (nytimes.com)
Moyà: “Ahora mismo le falta algo al tenis y ese algo es Nadal” – an interview with Moya in which he has
Injury and Illness to Keep Nadal Out of Australian Open – by Christopher Clarey (nytimes.com). This is the best article I could find on the withdrawal. It has actual research in it!
Nadal’s publicist, Benito Pérez Barbadillo, said in a telephone interview that Nadal began to feel ill Dec. 20 in his home island of Majorca in Spain. At that stage, Pérez Barbadillo said, Nadal had been practicing with increased intensity, but his illness forced him to stop training and doctors
This morning, Rafa announced his withdrawal from Doha and the Australian Open via Facebook. He currently plans to return to the tour in Acapulco.
Behind the Scenes photos from a Champions Drink Responsibly event.
Rafa does social media:
Rafa had a very tweety day today, check out his
The Champions Drink Responsibly campaign has posted a video retrospective of their promos with Rafa – enjoy!
Toni Nadal: “Hay una pequeña posibilidad de que Rafa juegue el Masters” – genny_ss has posted a translation on Facebook.
Tony nadal: “muchos dt son demasiado serviles con los tenistas” – and another translation on Facebook via genny_ss.
Toni Nadal vaguely opens door for Rafa to play again in 2012 – by Courtney Nguyen (si.com)
Can Rafa be Rafa again? – by Steve Tignor
Let the Australian Open hype begin!
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)
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 …”