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clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Rafa is such a sentimental soul, I'm not sure how he will handle having children and going on tour. But he is cutting down on his schedule so he might play a reduced schedule for longer. That'll suit me.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Nice article about Rafa. :)


"Playing Nadal is like playing against someone with two forehands.” Former British tennis player Lee Childs on facing a 17-year-old Rafael Nadal

Danny Clark - 4 October 2019


Rafael Nadal, 17, taking aim during his 2003 Wimbledon campaign. (Photo Credit: Tennis World USA).

Nineteen grand slam titles. Two Olympic gold medals. A record 35 wins in ATP Tour Masters 1000 finals. Rafael Nadal, now 33, has amassed a staggering 84 titles in his professional career to date; a figure bettered only by great rival Roger Federer.

Often labelled ‘The King of Clay’, the Spaniard has been a formidable force in men’s tennis ever since making his senior debut at a major in the 2003 Wimbledon Championships. Despite playing at the tender age of 17, Nadal immediately showcased his quality with an impressive run to the third round.

Unfortunately for the home crowd at SW19, Nadal’s second-round triumph came at the expense of British wildcard Lee Childs with the Somerset-born player losing in straight sets 6-2 6-4 6-3.

It was a first glimpse of the exuberant Mallorcan for many of the British public, and despite defeat, Childs was left impressed by his young adversary.

Speaking in a recent interview with the Sports Gazette, Childs explained his first impressions during the second-round contest. “When we were playing the thing I felt immediately was that you just couldn’t really stretch the guy. I felt that you couldn’t really put him under a lot of pressure to slice the ball; he sliced the ball because he wanted to, rather than you forcing him into that situation. It was also difficult because he moved well and he was very, very strong at hitting out of each corner.”

Childs had set up the clash with Nadal following a shock five-set win over the seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the opening round. However, it was soon evident that despite the Spaniard being four years Childs’ junior, he would prove too stern a test for the Briton.

When asked to describe the hardest challenge of playing against Nadal, Childs stated: “From the back of the court there really wasn’t any weakness. Playing against Nadal is like playing against someone with two forehands. He hits from both sides, it’s quite incredible. The way it helps him is that he’s actually right-handed, so he plays his backhand like a forehand.”

Nadal has intrigued fans and spectators over the course of his career with his habitual on-court idiosyncrasies and rituals. As Childs explains, these behaviours have been a part of Nadal’s on-court game since the very beginning of his career.

“He was the same back then. I remember him taking forever between points. Even then he had all those traits, although over the years he’s developed more I’m sure. Definitely when we played he had that tendency to have rituals before doing things.”

Despite witnessing the authoritative presence and stroke-play of a player aged just 17 first-hand, Childs expressed his shock when discussing the extent of Nadal’s success over the past 16 years.

“Obviously at 17 he was nearly top 50 in the world; you know the guy is very good. But you didn’t realise that he was going to end up currently winning 19 grand slams. To the level that he’s got to now, I don’t think anyone could predict that.”

Childs, who retired from playing in 2007, now holds the position as head of tennis at The Queen’s Club. Despite the commitments involved in the role, he still finds time to watch tennis in his free time, and spoke of Nadal’s recent success over Daniil Medvedev in the 2019 US Open final.

“The shot making that was in the final against Medvedev was phenomenal. This is again where Nadal, in my mind is the best really; he absolutely loves getting into a dogfight. He plays his best tennis when it’s deep in the fifth set, whereas other players don’t like being in that situation. Nadal always pulls shots out the bag.”

From promise as a young teenager, to greatness as an elite athlete. Nadal’s achievements are made all the more impressive considering he’s played his entire career in what’s been a golden era of men’s tennis.

As Lee Childs, and I’m sure many others discovered, Rafael Nadal was always destined for something special.
Great read. I missed seeing Rafa at the beginning of his amazing career because Tennis got so boring that I stopped making a point of watching it because some guy called Federer won everything even without trying. I did not discover Rafa until 2005, by chance. Ever since, tennis has been my number 1 passion.
 

TennisFan3

Legend
This is a pretty good article written by P.Bodo about Rafa's 2019 season:
Nice article. Bodo writes some good stuff occasionally.
His piece on Wimbledon 2008 Final is still one of my favorites:


"Somehow, in the back of your mind, you knew it was destined to come down to something like this - 9-7 in the fifth, with the champion Rafael Nadal prone on his back in the tawny dirt, looking like he'd been shot to death, which in a way he had been: because ultimate joy is, in the end, not very different from ultimate obliteration.
And if Nadal's exquisite moment of death - the death of wanting, the death of struggling, the death of so much longing and chasing and hoping in a match so full of winning and losing and squandering and earning that by the end all - all - of it was mixed up all jangly and tangled and equally meaningful - and equally meaningless. . . if that moment of utterly still, flat-on-your-back perfected nothingness seemed a scant and perhaps odd reward for what he had achieved, consider the plight of the man he had beaten, Roger Federer."
"As Nadal lay there, bathed in the obscene blue light of that crepuscular galaxy he momentarily owned, swaddled in the arms of an absence more pure than feeling (oh, the joy would come, don't you worry about that, it would come flooding and rushing in soon enough), his beaten opponent was suffering a fate far worse than obliteration "
So why did it have to come down to this? Why 9-7 in the fifth, in the twilight, at Wimbledon?
Only a fool could have expected (rather than merely hoped for) a win by Nadal in the fifth set. Serving the odd game, Federer was always in the lead. Execution-wise, both me were playing at a high level. But there was the lingering memory of that fourth-set tiebreaker, and the knowledge that Federer was the five-time defending champion. It seemed impossible that Nadal could win, but at the same time an undercurrent of inevitability - the same tug that had so many pundits brazenly forecasting a Nadal win in recent days - exerted a nearly equal gravitational pull. The tension became nearly unbearable, but it also imbued everyone watching with a sense of wonder; we all knew we were witnesses to something extraordinary.
Somehow, we all knew it was destined to come down to this: Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer, in the Wimbledon final, 6-4,6-4,6-7,6-7,9-7."
 
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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa & Sponsor - Telefonica/Movistar

October 9, 2019

On Wednesday, Rafa attended the offices of Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica/Movistar in Madrid, where he was greeted by hundreds of employees and the company's president. Rafa has been the company's global brand ambassador since 2014.

He was interviewed on stage in front of an audience consisting mostly of the company's employees. He spoke about his tennis season and his academy sponsored by Telefonica/Movistar.
As for his 2019 schedule, he hopes to be able to follow his planned schedule. (Rafa: "Espero seguir siguiendo mi calendario planeado.")




Rafa got a warm welcome from Telefonica/Movistar's employees:



He visited employees in workplaces:


Rafa was accompanied by his dad:



:)
 
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octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa & Sponsor - Telefonica/Movistar

October 9, 2019

On Wednesday, Rafa attended the offices of Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica/Movistar in Madrid, where he was greeted by hundreds of employees and the company's president. Rafa has been the company's global brand ambassador since 2014.
...
Rafa thanks Telefonica/Movistar for spectacular and warm welcome (Click the forward icon to see all the pictures):
http://instagr.am/p/B3aElS6IOzd/ :)
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa's former coach - Toni Nadal

October 10, 2019

Toni Nadal attended the press conference for the presentation of the new ATP 250 grass court tournament to be played in Mallorca a week before Wimbledon next year.
The new ATP tournament on grass will be held at the Santa Ponsa tennis club (80 km/50 miles away from Manacor, Rafa's hometown) from June 20 to 27, 2020. The club has hosted the WTA Mallorca Open, Spain’s first grass court tournament on grass, since 2016.

Toni Nadal, who has been the WTA tournament director since 2016, was also named the ATP tournament director.


Rafa has practiced on the courts of the club ahead of Wimbledon every year since 2017. (There were no grass courts in Mallorca before 2016.)

Vamos Toni Nadal!
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Confidentiality agreements for Nadal wedding in Majorca
2019-10-10 10:24:00 Palma By Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter



Guests at the wedding of Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perelló at La Fortaleza in Puerto Pollensa have been asked not to carry their phones. In the case of employees of firms which have been contracted for the occasion, they are having to sign confidentiality agreements.



The ceremony will take place at La Fortaleza,which has become well known through various TV programmes including the BBC's The Night Manager.

Privacy and security are uppermost for the wedding on Saturday week. A private security firm has been engaged. Most of the guests are expected to arrive by coach, with access being through the main gates of the military base. Many guests will be staying at local hotels - Formentor, Illa d'Or and Son Brull.



There has been no request to Pollensa town hall for local police presence, and nor has there been an approach to the national government delegation for state security forces. It is understood, however, that there is to be a request to prohibit the use of drones in the area and also aircraft.

The guest list is unlikely to include any politicians. Pollensa's mayor, Tomeu Cifre, has said that he hasn't been invited. For the most part, the guests will be family and friends, but some celebrities are expected as are the former king, Juan Carlos, and Sofia, the Queen Mother.

The catering will be by Maca de Castro, the Puerto Alcudia Michelin-starred chef.

 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.

OCTOBER 9, 2019
RAFAEL NADAL FANS
Rafael Nadal Gives An Update On His Recovery
Earlier today, Rafael Nadal spoke at the offices of Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica in Madrid. Here’s what he had to say about his recovery from hand injury:
After what happened to my hand after the US Open, I was not able to practise or recover well. I need time to try to be ready for the future.
The year has been very good, despite a complicated start on a physical level. From Barcelona, I have been able to play all the tournaments I have wanted.
The US Open final was tough and the Laver Cup. I had and I have a small problem in my hand. I am recovering and I hope to fulfil the planned schedule and finish the year the way I would like after a season that has been good.

 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor
Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Manacor

The academy is part of the sports centre

October 10, 2019

Feliciano Lopez hit with Jaume Munar at Rafa's academy today:

Feli is going to play at the European Open (ATP 250 in Antwerp, Belgium) next week.

:)
Wonder what even is the point of Feli practising his topspin 1HBH if he's never going to hit one in a match
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Final touches to Xisca Perelló's wedding dress
2019-10-11 14:15:00 Palma By Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter



Rafael Nadal's fiancée, Xisca Perelló, travelled to Barcelona with her mother yesterday for the final touches to be made to her wedding dress.

Rosa Clará, a wedding dress design firm with an international reputation, has spent the past few months working on the dress. The firm has a shop in Palma, on Avenida Jaume III, but its headquarters are in Barcelona.

 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Rafa & Sponsor - Telefonica/Movistar

October 9, 2019

On Wednesday, Rafa attended the offices of Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica/Movistar in Madrid, where he was greeted by hundreds of employees and the company's president. Rafa has been the company's global brand ambassador since 2014.

He was interviewed on stage in front of an audience consisting mostly of the company's employees. He spoke about his tennis season and his academy sponsored by Telefonica/Movistar.
As for his 2019 schedule, he hopes to be able to follow his planned schedule. (Rafa: "Espero seguir siguiendo mi calendario planeado.")




Rafa got a warm welcome from Telefonica/Movistar's employees:



He visited employees in workplaces:


Rafa was accompanied by his dad:



:)
I do not like Movistar but I like Nadal.
What should I do?
Mmm...
:oops::rolleyes::unsure:
 

Raphael Nadal

Professional
Please just win Paris :)
OCTOBER 11, 2019 13:10
In an interview with Telefonica, Rafael Nadal spoke about several topics. The Mallorcan has always been praised for his mental strength. Nadal said: "I always wanted to have this fighting spirit, but I do what makes me passionate, so the sacrifice is less.

But what I am really satisfied with is the ability to overcome myself, continuing to deal with all the problems and difficulties that I had physically. I was always able to find a way, the excitement I have, with the ability to do well."

On his physical condition, Nadal added: "The year has been very good despite a difficult start at a physical level. From Barcelona, I was able to play all the tournaments I wanted to and have the schedule I wanted to have.

The US Open final was hard and the Laver Cup, good. I had and I have a little (wrist) issue. I am recovering and I hope to have the schedule I set and end the year the way I would like to after a season that has been good."

Nadal finally revealed what he told Daniil Medvedev in New York after the championship clash: "Congratulations for the great attitude and for the game, if you continue like this you will win here one day."
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
Mes sentiments envers toi sont infinis.
Mon amour est sincère et mon affection est profonde.
Lovely, je t'aime.
Voulez-vous partager votre vie avec moi?
Si tel est le cas, je promets de vous rendre heureux, dans les bons et les mauvais moments, en santé et en maladie, jusqu'à ce que la mort (ou Paris) nous sépare.
Marions-nous, mon amour!
:love:

 
Does this mean he's healthy again?
In all honesty I’m sure he was healthy all along, he may have had indeed a slight inflammation on his hand during the Laver Cup, but strategically speaking he shouldn’t have played any matches so soon after the USO, so the hand aggravation was wisely used as an excuse to not wear down his body further and risk an injury playing a meaningless exho such as the LC.

Rafa has a golden opportunity here to finish YE #1 and finally win the WTF. He should be brimming with confidence. That USO final showed that in order to beat Rafa at his best (even at 33 yrs of age) you need to be another GOAT and have Lady Luck on your side.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Mallorca

Rafa was seen partying at a club on Saturday night:


:)
A short video clip:


The club in Palma, where he was partying:

:)
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa and Maria Francisca

Majorca Daily Bulletin, October 14, 2019:

¤¤ Stag and Hen parties for Rafa and Xisca

On Saturday evening, Majorcan tennis player Rafael Nadal and his friends celebrated his stag party in Palma. They enjoyed the 't a r d e o' atmosphere at the Mallorca Social Club, located on Paseo Marítimo. [This atmosphere means that people meet in a bar or other places, have some drink, chat, dance or listen to the music.] ...

His fiancée, Xisca Perelló, also went to Palma accompanied by her friends, and enjoyed lunch at the Vermuteria La Rosa.

On Sunday, Nadal enjoyed a family meal at restaurant Sa Punta [partly owned by Rafa's extended family] in Port Verd de Son Servera. His parents, Sebastià Nadal and Ana María Parera, as well as his grandmothers, Isabel Homar and Catalina Femenías, attended the meal.
Upon leaving the restaurant at around 5 o'clock, Nadal said: "I will not tell you anything because, you know what happens? That you do a documentary continuously. I do not like all this stuff."
With a smile, but in a firm tone, the tennis player showed his surprise at the excitement of his wedding with Xisca, and thanked everyone present for their congratulations and best wishes.

The wedding will take place this Saturday at La Fortaleza, Puerto Pollensa.¤¤




Rafa is leaving the Sa Punta restaurant, where he enjoyed lunch with his family on Sunday:



:)
 
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clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Stag and Hen parties for Rafa and Xisca
2019-10-14 13:24:00 Palma By Majorca Daily Bulletin reporter

Always polite, Rafa posed for photos at his stag party.

His fiancée, Xisca Perelló, also went to Palma accompanied by her friends, and enjoyed lunch at the Vermuteria La Rosa.

On Sunday Nadal enjoyed a family meal at Sa Punta, in Port Verd de Son Servera. His parents, Sebastià Nadal and Ana María Parera, as well as his grandmothers, Isabel Homar and Catalina Femenías attended the meal.

Upon leaving the restaurant at around 5 o'clock, Nadal said: "I will not tell you anything because, you know what happens? That you do a documentary continuously. I do not like all this stuff."

With a smile, but in a firm tone, the tennis player showed his surprise at the excitement of his wedding with Xisca, and thanked everyone present for their congratulations and best wishes.

The wedding will take place this Saturday at La Fortaleza, Puerto Pollensa.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Upon leaving the restaurant at around 5 o'clock, Nadal said: "I will not tell you anything because, you know what happens? That you do a documentary continuously. I do not like all this stuff."

With a smile, but in a firm tone, the tennis player showed his surprise at the excitement of his wedding with Xisca, and thanked everyone present for their congratulations and best wishes.
 
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