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callmethedoctor
01-17-2011, 07:23 PM
Apparently he said something like this. Anyone know when?
I think it's a classy quote, especially since a few years ago he could barely speak English.

Nadalfan89
01-17-2011, 07:25 PM
It was in an interview today when the commentator asked him about the difference between him and Roger and why he's much less "flashy". Rafa said he didn't think of himself as an important person and that he travels economy class often.

lambros
01-17-2011, 07:40 PM
It was in an interview today when the commentator asked him about the difference between him and Roger and why he's much less "flashy". Rafa said he didn't think of himself as an important person and that he travels economy class often.

The interviewer did not ask why he is less flashy than Roger. Don't make things up.

ollinger
01-17-2011, 07:49 PM
Make things up indeed!! It was not in an interview today. The quote appears in the Sports Illustrated article about Nadal that hit the newsstands days ago.

Breaker
01-17-2011, 08:33 PM
It was in an interview today when the commentator asked him about the difference between him and Roger and why he's much less "flashy". Rafa said he didn't think of himself as an important person and that he travels economy class often.

More like Nadal showing his true arrogance, purposely riding economy class and showing off his ipod to peons who can't afford it. Disgusting attitude but nothing you wouldn't expect from the man.

meg0529
01-17-2011, 08:35 PM
Make things up indeed!! It was not in an interview today. The quote appears in the Sports Illustrated article about Nadal that hit the newsstands days ago.

This.
He was asked about it in the studio today though. About the quote. He replied saying that in long distance flights he travels business, cuz of his knees, and he needs to make sure he's well rested. But flights around europe and any short flights he goes economy. Also that off court he is not a special person. I think he said famous :lol: But he said NOTHING about Fed being flashy.

Spin Doctor
01-17-2011, 08:59 PM
I thought he flew by private jet? If he doesn't, he's crazy. Then flying economy instead of first class when you're world famous is just stupid. It really is. Imagine the hassles he must get from fans and also security issues. And when you have an entire entourage that's tagging along it just makes more sense to fly private.

cc0509
01-17-2011, 09:08 PM
I thought he flew by private jet? If he doesn't, he's crazy. Then flying economy instead of first class when you're world famous is just stupid. It really is. Imagine the hassles he must get from fans and also security issues. And when you have an entire entourage that's tagging along it just makes more sense to fly private.

Well at least he said in his interview today that he flies business class on International flights! If he flew economy on those flights I would have to question his sanity! :)

Nadalfan89
01-17-2011, 09:09 PM
I thought he flew by private jet? If he doesn't, he's crazy. Then flying economy instead of first class when you're world famous is just stupid. It really is. Imagine the hassles he must get from fans and also security issues. And when you have an entire entourage that's tagging along it just makes more sense to fly private.

Spoken like Federer.

Fishing on a yacht makes so much more sense too, right?

meg0529
01-17-2011, 09:14 PM
Well at least he said in his interview today that he flies business class on International flights! If he flew economy on those flights I would have to question his sanity! :)

Long distance international :)

rafan
01-17-2011, 09:14 PM
Spoken like Federer.

Fishing on a yacht makes so much more sense too, right?

Yes I think I would be dead lazy and want to fly private. Nadal used to just take the train from Paris to London to compete in the Stella Artois tournament after the Paris open and much to the delight of his fans would sign autographs. I think its lovely . He is obvioulsy a people person and knows the value of his fans. After all its not just about winning and getting the big bucks, its about getting people to watch and fill those seats!

cc0509
01-17-2011, 09:21 PM
Long distance international :)

Yes, long distance international. The man should at least be comfortable on these flights and not strapped into a sardine can! The truth is I am sure he could automatically get bumped up to business class every time because of his fame if he wanted to.

namelessone
01-17-2011, 09:23 PM
Flying economy is not at all dangerous for Rafa. Most people in the world don't follow tennis and most of those people who have heard of him and are on that flight, won't be autograph hungry fanatics like you see on practice courts.

Plus, Rafa really is a people person. Remember the kissing accident in USO 2009? Most players would have turned away, ran, called security or whatever. Nadal's reaction was to tell security that the guy was harmless though he overstepped his boundaries.

aphex
01-17-2011, 09:30 PM
Appparently though, it doesnt sound the same in a Fiat as it does in an Aston Martin.

The champion of the people!

Poor Ralphetes...you buy everything shoved down your less than intelligent throats

rommil
01-17-2011, 09:38 PM
Rafa's Tourbillion watch tells the same time on coach and first class as well.

Spin Doctor
01-17-2011, 09:39 PM
I think its lovely . He is obvioulsy a people person and knows the value of his fans. After all its not just about winning and getting the big bucks, its about getting people to watch and fill those seats!

Just because someone flies private does not mean they hate people and don't respect their fans. Oprah flies a private plane (an awesome custom Global Express, not some run of the mill Gulfstream in case you're wondering). Does this mean she's not a people person and doesn't know the value of her fans? No. It means she's a smart person who recognizes the value of her time and understands that comfort, security and privacy are not always measurable monetarily.

Granted Nadal is not in the same wealth sphere as Oprah. But he should at least fly Netjets like Roger does. Rafa supposedly has one of the largest entourages on tour (so much for being down to earth, huh?), so wouldn't it make sense to fly private instead of buying and arranging all those tickets? He can meet his fans at the events. He doesn't need to meet them in a cramped flying box.

Sid_Vicious
01-17-2011, 09:39 PM
It was in an interview today when the commentator asked him about the difference between him and Roger and why he's much less "flashy". Rafa said he didn't think of himself as an important person and that he travels economy class often.

less flashy eh? lulz. The guy walks around with a 425,000 dollar watch, hires private jets for himself, shows up in music videos, and starting february you will be able to see posters of him wearing nothing but tidy whites.

Im not saying Nadal is a snob, but he definitely isn't the modest and average working class man that some people hilariously think he is.

He is entitled to be flashy, IMO. They guy has millions.

Sid_Vicious
01-17-2011, 09:41 PM
Rafa's Tourbillion watch tells the same time on coach and first class as well.
http://www.citizenx.cx/img/amusing/animations/ascii/LMFAOTrain.gif

namelessone
01-17-2011, 09:51 PM
LOL at all the rich snob/man of the people comments.

Have people actually listened to what Nadal is saying? In those SHORT flights he mainly listens to music so what would be the difference between economy and first class in those short trips? None at all.

It doesn't reflect his overall lifestyle, the dude has a mansion,aston martin, harley davidson etc. Rafa is a very rich guy but who, at the same time, is very good with normal people, in a regular setting.

veroniquem
01-17-2011, 09:55 PM
He travelled in business class to go to AO but that was a long one! It wasn't first class though, just business.
Rafa doesn't care about glamour, he is an authentic lovable easy-going and unpretentious guy. How refreshing!

cc0509
01-17-2011, 10:00 PM
He travelled in business class to go to AO but that was a long one! It wasn't first class though, just business.
Rafa doesn't care about glamour, he is an authentic lovable easy-going and unpretentious guy. How refreshing!

It is just as easy to be lovable, easygoing and unpretentious in the more comfortable business class!

rommil
01-17-2011, 10:03 PM
Nadal's Aston Martin is actually a Kia with a paint job .

Sid_Vicious
01-17-2011, 10:07 PM
Nadal's Aston Martin is actually a Kia with a paint job .
Nadal's Tourbillion is actually a Casio with a paint job.

IvanAndreevich
01-17-2011, 10:24 PM
Spoken like Federer.

Fishing on a yacht makes so much more sense too, right?

Yes. If you've got a few hundred million dollars - it does. It also makes no sense whatsoever to fly economy in that case.

rommil
01-17-2011, 10:29 PM
Rafa's iPod , unlike him, is as reliable in high altitudes.

nikdom
01-17-2011, 10:35 PM
His unpretentiousness is so, what's the word I'm looking for, pretentious. Like J Lo sang after making her making her millions and wanting to rekindle her "street" cred, "I'm just Jenny from the old block..."; If you say so my dear!

veroniquem
01-17-2011, 10:39 PM
Unpretentious, unaffected and uncomplicated. Yes my dear, that's Rafa for you and he hasn't changed despite all the hype.

nikdom
01-17-2011, 10:47 PM
Unpretentious, unaffected and uncomplicated. Yes my dear, that's Rafa for you and he hasn't changed despite all the hype.

Yeah, the manufactured humility and dishonesty haven't changed.

namelessone
01-17-2011, 10:54 PM
Yeah, the manufactured humility and dishonesty haven't changed.

It's incredible how Nadal manages to keep the act off court after 10 seasons or so on tour.:)

This whole economy class bit came from the Wertheim article:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1180700/1/index.htm

"Last summer Chris Fowler, the ESPN announcer, broadcast the Cincinnati ATP tournament and flew back to New York City in first class. As he gathered his suitcases at LaGuardia, he spotted Nadal. "Hey, Rafa, I didn't realize you were on the flight," Fowler said. Then he realized that Nadal had been sitting in the back of the plane.

This was no fluke. Fresh from winning the Tokyo ATP event last October—and surpassing $9 million in prize money for 2010—Nadal surprised other passengers on Air China's 3˝-hour flight to Shanghai by settling into seat 29C. "I listen to my music," Nadal says of his in-flight habits. "It sounds the same as it does in [first class]."

vive le beau jeu !
01-17-2011, 11:09 PM
Apparently he said something like this. Anyone know when?
I think it's a classy quote, especially since a few years ago he could barely speak English.
once again, what a tactless comment from the nadal... almost insulting for poor people that can't even afford to buy all these i-crap stuff... or have to swim from tokyo to shanghai.

sad and disgusting, but well... we're used to that.

namelessone
01-17-2011, 11:14 PM
once again, what a tactless comment from the nadal... almost insulting for poor people that can't even afford to buy all these i-crap stuff... or have to swim from tokyo to shanghai.

sad and disgusting, but well... we're used to that.

Don't let me interrupting your hating but who the hell SWIMS from Tokio to Shanghai?

Distance is 1767 kilometers or 1098 miles or 954 nautical miles.

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/showmap.php?la1=31.23&lo1=121.45&la2=35.68&lo2=139.73

vive le beau jeu !
01-17-2011, 11:20 PM
Don't let me interrupting your hating but who the hell SWIMS from Tokio to Shanghai?

Distance is 1767 kilometers or 1098 miles or 954 nautical miles.
was this post...... serious ? :D

aphex
01-17-2011, 11:21 PM
Don't let me interrupting your hating but who the hell SWIMS from Tokio to Shanghai?

Distance is 1767 kilometers or 1098 miles or 954 nautical miles.

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/showmap.php?la1=31.23&lo1=121.45&la2=35.68&lo2=139.73

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gWQaU40PH24/TKkfDOICkvI/AAAAAAAAJb4/F80vP7IiSI8/s1600/eternal-facepalm-eternal-facepalm-facepalm-captain-pickard-demotivational-poster-1242264259.jpg

NamRanger
01-17-2011, 11:25 PM
He travelled in business class to go to AO but that was a long one! It wasn't first class though, just business.
Rafa doesn't care about glamour, he is an authentic lovable easy-going and unpretentious guy. How refreshing!



I would rephrase it to he doesn't need glamor.


Obviously he doesn't goes out seeking glamor, but he's not going to say no to a $425,000 dollar watch now is he?

IvanAndreevich
01-17-2011, 11:25 PM
I think the truly humble way of getting from Tokyo to Shanghai is on a run down fishing boat with illegals. I'm sure they would think that flying (IN THE SKY!) is far too stuck up.

fedfan08
01-17-2011, 11:32 PM
Who gives a sh*t whether Nadal flies commercial or private? Do they ask other players about their flying habits?

amaze
01-17-2011, 11:39 PM
Awww this Rafa baby is so sweet. It amazes me how can anyone not to be a fan of him?

billnepill
01-17-2011, 11:41 PM
http://www.addcaption.com/read-image.asp?n=n-20110118034320-v.JPG&r=13

rafan
01-17-2011, 11:48 PM
Just because someone flies private does not mean they hate people and don't respect their fans. Oprah flies a private plane (an awesome custom Global Express, not some run of the mill Gulfstream in case you're wondering). Does this mean she's not a people person and doesn't know the value of her fans? No. It means she's a smart person who recognizes the value of her time and understands that comfort, security and privacy are not always measurable monetarily.

Granted Nadal is not in the same wealth sphere as Oprah. But he should at least fly Netjets like Roger does. Rafa supposedly has one of the largest entourages on tour (so much for being down to earth, huh?), so wouldn't it make sense to fly private instead of buying and arranging all those tickets? He can meet his fans at the events. He doesn't need to meet them in a cramped flying box.

He travels with his EXTENDED family and so I have heard he doesn't pay his coach uncle Tony. Rafa is just the same as he was when he started off. That is what is so appealing about him

namelessone
01-17-2011, 11:51 PM
I think the truly humble way of getting from Tokyo to Shanghai is on a run down fishing boat with illegals. I'm sure they would think that flying (IN THE SKY!) is far too stuck up.

Nope. He would have to SWIM with them on his back(while they were listening to music on his ipod) to be genuinely humble.

namelessone
01-17-2011, 11:53 PM
He travels with his EXTENDED family and so I have heard he doesn't pay his coach uncle Tony. Rafa is just the same as he was when he started off. That is what is so appealing about him

Tony is rich. Why would he need Rafa's money.

And yes, Rafa is mostly the same guy as when he started off. Wouldn't be surprised if he has NO connection to the tennis world after he retires.

Anway, the thread has gone down hill. Nadal did not take economy to make himself look poor or humble but because it was convenient for short trips.

aphex
01-17-2011, 11:57 PM
Anway, the thread has gone down hill.

Yes. This is where it happened.

who the hell SWIMS from Tokio to Shanghai?

Distance is 1767 kilometers or 1098 miles or 954 nautical miles.

namelessone
01-18-2011, 12:00 AM
Yes. This is where it happened.

Touche.

In my defense though, vive le beau jeau has such hate for Nadal that I can't tell when him/her is being serious or not. :)

ruerooo
01-18-2011, 12:01 AM
delete post

Yeah, I'd go for this.

billnepill
01-18-2011, 12:03 AM
Yeah, I'd go for this.

I did

10 char

Kegzz
01-18-2011, 12:17 AM
I personally don't see what's so wrong with travelling business or first class anyway. It doesn't make anyone any more modest or any less modest. My dad travels business all the time, it doesn't make my dad pretentious. Even if Rafa had said "I travel business class on short trips, and first class on long trips" I actually wouldn't think he was arrogant or whatever, so what if he prefers a more comfortable journey? Sometimes players have people in their entourage who book the tickets, so what if it's up to them and the player just goes a long with it?

vive le beau jeu !
01-18-2011, 12:23 AM
Touche.

In my defense though, vive le beau jeau has such hate for Nadal that I can't tell when him/her is being serious or not. :)
:)
i can understand that... sometimes i even amaze myself. ;)

by the way, maybe you could have also argued (another line of defense ?) that some people tried to do even longer swimming trips:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/179862.stm
(... and there were no ipods in those times !) :rolleyes:

Sid_Vicious
01-18-2011, 12:43 AM
Touche.

In my defense though, vive le beau jeau has such hate for Nadal that I can't tell when him/her is being serious or not. :)

misbehavior of physical and mental existence. most annoying player. sucks nadal.

(parody of youtube user/rafa h8tr "overratednadal" aka federerbestclass's alternate account. :)

Underhand
01-18-2011, 12:48 AM
Federer – "My golden man purse looks fabulous wherever I carry it"

callmethedoctor
01-18-2011, 03:21 AM
Federer – "My golden man purse looks fabulous wherever I carry it"

lmfao :)
I don't think this is the same kind of case though...

AM95
01-18-2011, 03:56 AM
im pretty sure nadal has his own private jet

Sid_Vicious
01-18-2011, 03:57 AM
im pretty sure nadal has his own private jet
I don't think either Federer or Nadal own a private jet. I think Federer is sponsored by netjets and Nadal I guess hires one whenever he needs.

jwbarrientos
01-18-2011, 05:15 AM
It is a good reasoning, short trip goes to economy and long trip goes to the best place your pocket or ATP tournament could pay.

esm
01-18-2011, 05:24 AM
i also remember reading somewhere that Rafa would catch the Euro Star from France (after French Open) to London for the preparation of Wimbledon.... now thats pretty impressive.

ksbh
01-18-2011, 06:35 AM
ROFL! Did giant nose really make that claim?! It may look more fabulous with cardigans in summer & trousers worn backwards! :)

Federer – "My golden man purse looks fabulous wherever I carry it"

sdont
01-18-2011, 07:00 AM
Nadal is just a cheapskate is all.

Maybe that's one of the reason he's so tired at the end of seasons.

FloridaAG
01-18-2011, 07:04 AM
I would like anyone to personally confirm that Rafa has flown in economy class on a flight where first or business classes existed - I simply call BS on that. I have no problem with Rafa, like watching him and think he has remained remarkably grounded considering everything.

ksbh
01-18-2011, 07:17 AM
ROFL X 1000, Jack! I never thought of it that way. Now don't go giving giant nose new ideas! He looks hideous enough already! :)

HAHAHAHAHA. There is a method to his madness though. Those trousers worn backwards are going to come handy when the time comes for Rafa to hand Fed his *** on a platter.

sureshs
01-18-2011, 09:30 AM
Why would anyone who can afford it not fly first or business class?

FloridaAG
01-18-2011, 09:34 AM
Why would anyone who can afford it not fly first or business class?

That is basically my point. Anyone is a broad category. A lot of peopel could afford to fly first class and do not because the cost to value is not there. For example, I fly first or business on upgrades and miles but choose not to pay for it. Of course, I have a lot less $$ than Rafa. With his $$, there is no reason at all he would not fly first. I can tell you, Jim Courier flies first class as I sat next to him on a flight from Newark to Fort Lauderdale a couple years ago.

phnx90
01-19-2011, 06:34 PM
I love how half the people in this thread can't tell the difference between being "flashy" and doing adverts. The former is a lifestyle, the latter is quick cash.

vive le beau jeu !
01-19-2011, 11:24 PM
I love how half the people in this thread can't tell the difference between being "flashy" and doing adverts. The former is a lifestyle, the latter is quick cash.

http://images.wikia.com/simpsons/images/3/37/Lisa-MyPodcostume.JPG