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MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Pablo Carrena Busta: Geez Rafa. I thought we were friends. Can you not let me win even one point?? It's only a practice. :confused:

Translated from French by Microsoft
Rafa Nadal destroyed (6/0, 6/1 by leading 6/0, 5/0) Pablo Carreno Busta during a training to @rolandgarros and the King of the Earth notably won this huge point.
Lol Rafa going to be handing out bagels at RG like it's raining Doughnuts ;)
 

ABCD

Hall of Fame
Pablo Carrena Busta: Geez Rafa. I thought we were friends. Can you not let me win even one point?? It's only a practice. :confused:

Translated from French by Microsoft
Rafa Nadal destroyed (6/0, 6/1 by leading 6/0, 5/0) Pablo Carreno Busta during a training to @rolandgarros and the King of the Earth notably won this huge point.
Carreno Busta is such good player. Nadal looks to me unbeatable.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
I like Rafa in blue the most. I also like him in yellow and wonder why they never tried yellow on him at RG, I think it would work.
The only Kit I don't like is black/white, does nothing for Rafa at all. He is good in bright colours. But, at the end of the day, as long as he takes the trophy home, I'm happy.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
YANNICK WARNS RAFA: “I CAN DO SOME DAMAGE"

SUNDAY 26 MAY 2019 - IAN CHADBAND

Yannick Hanfmann says he has to believe he can pull off RG’s greatest upset.
©Philippe Montigny / FFT

Yannick Hanfmann was wandering through the streets of Paris with his sister on Friday evening when a text from a friend popped up on his phone, which translated simply to: “ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?…”

“I realised straight away that as the main draw for all the qualifiers was being made around that time, it could only mean one thing,” smiled the German. “And when I checked, sure enough…”

Yes, in the opening round, he had just been drawn to challenge Rafael Nadal, 11-time Roland-Garros champion, in his Court Philippe-Chatrier kingdom, sport’s equivalent of scaling Mount Everest in a pair of flip-flops.

Was he disheartened or buoyed by the news? “A bit of mixed feelings,” smiled the 27-year-old after a session at the Jean Bouin training complex on Saturday. “Of course, I wasn’t really happy with the draw overall but, on the other hand, it’s an unbelievable experience that’s coming towards me.”
And this likeable figure, who currently stands at 184 in the world rankings, quite fancies the idea of giving Rafa an unbelievable experience too - the prospect of being on the end of the biggest shock in Roland-Garros annals.

“I have been playing well. I’ve got a big game, I’ve won all six sets I’ve played (in qualifying), I’m definitely feeling comfortable here. So if my serve and return works, I can definitely do some damage.

“I won’t go into the match thinking I’ve no chance because that would be stupid. I’ll have a match plan ready.”
Then, he added with a broad smile: “I’ll know a lot about him - and maybe he doesn’t know as much about me!”

Renaissance man

So in case Rafa does need a bit of help, here’s what he should know about the big-serving, 6ft 4in German who will be aiming to become only the third man to defeat him in his 89th Roland-Garros match.

Hanfmann, a late starter in the professional ranks at 23 after a successful college career at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he earned a degree in international relations, has made impressive strides despite what might be considered the handicap of a significant hearing impairment.

“I can hear roughly only 60% of what you should normally be able to hear in each ear,” he explains. “Sometimes, it’s an advantage on court - maybe on Chatrier, it’ll be an advantage because I don’t hear that much that’s going on - but, overall, I don’t think in tennis it’s that much of an disadvantage because I’m just able to blend out a lot of the noise.

“I’ll still get all the atmosphere on Chatrier on Monday; there’s this thing about my hearing that when it gets loud, I’ll hear as good as the next guy, but female voices I have much more trouble hearing.

“I think the distance between my box and the court is a bit too far for me to hear anything, so they’d have to yell! But that’s okay - I don’t need coaching,” he smiled.
Here’s a guy with interests that stretch far beyond tennis, though. An eco-friendly, political scientist who wants to be involved in some way in saving endangered species, he’s a bit of a renaissance man.

Cares about people - and cheetahs!
“I can only say more than the best words about him. He’s a pretty nice, reflective guy, always friendly, always thinking about different matters, who cares a lot about people, which is unusual in our business,” enthuses one of his coaches Lukas Wolff.
“I feel tennis is amazing, I love it, but tennis isn’t everything, there’s more in this world,” shrugs Hanfmann. “I’ll try to be the best I can be as player into my mid-30s or whatever, but I know there’s something out there for me when I finish.
“I feel the world is changing so quickly, so fast - who knows what jobs, what technological advancements there’ll be, what the political situation will be? - I think there’s exciting, if difficult times ahead.
“In South Africa, I went to a cheetah outreach centre and loved these animals to death. It’s hard to see what we’re doing to our planet with beautiful animals like the cheetah being classified as endangered only two years ago, so I’d definitely like to get involved in things like that which make me happy and fulfilled.”

For the moment, though, he says, nothing would fulfil him more than giving the greatest clay-courter of them all a proper scare. “Yes, the ultimate test in tennis - this and beating Roger (Federer) on Centre Court at Wimbledon,” he mused.
“It is a privilege but I can’t afford to make the match too big in my mind. If I do, I won’t be able to play really well. It won’t be easy - but I’ll try to keep it laid-back.”

https://www.rolandgarros.com/en-us/article/yannick-hanffman-warns-rafa-nadal
 

haqq777

Legend
Ok, I was on my phone and just skipped some posts. Ignore my last post as I see @clayqueen post a few posts above mine pointing out the same kit. Absolutely agree. Best kit ever!
 

haqq777

Legend
When I see him inthat outfit, I just immediately think of him hammering his FH and BH
And that ridiculous serve! Have not seen him serve that well. Unfortunately only lasted for that particular tournament. He himself called it "out of the world" kind of serve for him.
 
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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
The French Open

May 27, 2019
R1, Rafa vs Yannick Hanfmann

Some Rafa's quotes from his post-match press conference:
"I did a lot of things well. I did not make many mistakes, being very solid all the time. [I'm] happy to be through to the second round, and that's the main thing today in straight sets, positive feelings. Every year is a new challenge... and today I was able to win the first challenge, and after tomorrow I am going to have the second challenge."
"I saw Yannick Hanfmann play last year in Munich against Zverev. So I remember a little bit of that. And then today with YouTube you can find things. I saw some highlights of his matches, and you have an idea. Of course it's different when you've never played before."

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/nadal-hanfmann-roland-garros-2019-monday

Vamos Rafa!
 
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MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
The French Open

May 27, 2019
R1, Rafa vs Yannick Hanfmann

Through to R2:


Photos by Vincent Kessler


In action:


Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach


Photo by Adam Pretty


Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach


Photo by Adam Pretty


Via Roland Garros


Photo by Pierre René-Worms


Photo by Pierre René-Worms


Photo by Pierre René-Worms


Via RNKOFB

Vamos Rafa!
Damn this kit is fuego :)

As long as you are talking about the one designed for the night session, I believe it was one of the best :)
Yes, the grey one.
Just like AO-09, the day one is vastly underrated. Just as good imo.


 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
The ATP Staff has translated Rafael Plaza's article from Spanish into English and published it anonymously. R. Plaza is a Spanish journalist, who has a good relationship with the Rafa team and has regularly written about them. The article was published in Spanish on Sunday.

ATP website, May 27, 2019:

Moya: "A Month Ago, It Was Unlikely Nadal Would Win Roland Garros":

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/moya-nadal-roland-garros-2019-feature




Rafael Plaza's article in Spanish:
https://www.atptour.com/es/news/roland-garros-2019-entrevista-moya
 
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