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clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
He picked ME out of the crowd to talk to — he definitely didn’t have to do that. In fact, most people in his situation would avoid a possibly awkward situation. But almost from the first moment he approached me, I could feel the empathy and kindness he has emanating from his every pore. Whether it was how he spoke to me like a normal adult, leaned in close to catch my every word, or how he knew not to try to awkwardly shake my hand, he surprisingly had more empathy in his little pinky finger than many of the strangers, friends and even doctors I’ve dealt with over the years.
I’ve always referred to my stroke as “My Stroke Of … Luck?” but for the first time, this feels unequivocally like “My Stroke Of Luck.” Period. It was a magical, heartwarming, eye-opening, unforgettable experience. And with a heart full of good luck, I can say proudly, you haven’t lived until…

10. You’ve sobbed all over the number one tennis player in the entire world because for the first few moments when your eyes met, you were able to keep it together but as he came closer and placed a reassuring hand on your shoulder, you completely lost it because his kind eyes staring straight into your fragile soul and his warm smile — dimples, eye creases, high cheekbones and all — that you’ve seen on television every single day for years was just way too much for your child-like fangirl heart to handle.



9. You’ve felt the immense kindness of the raging bull with a soft soul as he saw your giant tears and didn’t get overwhelmed or creeped out by a sobbing adult, but just bent down, without a word, and gently caressed your cheek with the back of his knuckles and then proceeded to give you a big, validating, loving hug that told you that he sees you.



8. You’ve had your brother tell Rafa a little white lie for you — that before your stroke, you saw him play in Madrid in 2005 and you’ve been a fan since then — to succinctly explain to him your level of fanaticism without boring him with the verbose truth where you actually did try to see him play in Madrid in 2005 but the ticket collector at the complex laughed at your request for tickets. He told you tickets were sold out and so you asked, “Since when?” He replied, “Since always. It’s NADAL!” and you’ve been chasing him ever since.

7. Rafa himself invites you and your family to watch his private, locked-door practice the following morning which you all accepted immediately and emphatically and thus thoroughly enjoyed/watched in disbelief as the egoless legend, entourage-less and picking up his own balls, practiced 5 feet in front of just his coach and your family for two glorious, top spin-filled hours, which his coach informed you that he never, ever does but you guess he knew this little Indian family was his forever.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
6. You’ve met Carlos Moya, Rafa’s coach, idol and friend, but also a former world number one tennis player in his own right and had a wonderful conversation with him and your family where he was 100% engaged in your every typical fan girl word but just as modest about your every word about him and his many extraordinary accomplishments as a player and an incredible coach. These Majorcan men are something else.


5. You’ve stifled a highly inappropriate cat call during the private practice session when Rafa pulled off his sweat-soaked T-shirt to change into a clean one and you could see each and every one of his muscles rippling down his glistening tanned back like a freaking supermodel/superhero which made you want to call out in pure appreciation but you had to peel your eyes away from this perfectly sculpted Greek god as a goofy smile broke out onto your face. (Sorry for this incredibly thirsty sentence.)

4. You’ve been on the receiving end of a patented wink and tongue wag from the GOAT after he miss hit a forehand return from a Carlos Moya serve that ended up landing perfectly in for an outright winner but your silly self was trying desperately hard not to stare directly at the magnetic force that is Rafa so as not to totally creep him out, so you ended up completely missing his playfulness and will regret it every single day for the rest of your life.

3. You’ve received motivational and encouraging words about your recovery from one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen after you showed him the shoes of his you are wearing so that you can “literally learn to walk in (his) footsteps” and your sister-in-law told him that you’ve already taken steps in these shoes to which he replied, “Oh yeah?” He then looked at you directly in the eyes and said, “Keep going. Keep strong. Come on,” and he smiled and placed a life-affirming hand on your shoulder and you have never been the same since.


2. You’ve gotten the chance to thank your number one idol and hero for always inspiring you with everything he does and everything he is and got to see this humble bull blush because of your borderline-creepy praise as he replied shyly “my pleasure” but you completely forgot to use every last bit of Spanish you’ve spoken almost daily for the last 20 years. (Tbh, you’re pretty sure you even forgot your own name.)

1. You’ve gotten to share your proudest and most precious possession with Rafa, your writing, specifically a blog you had written about surviving after tragedy where you mention that watching him play is one of the few things that keeps you happy in this mad world and Rafa validated your survival and entire existence with four simple words after you showed him a printout of the blog — “Can I keep this?”



The other day, I found a pretty heart-shaped box filled with scraps of paper that had positive affirmations on them. My bestie Rajul had made it for me but I hadn’t looked at in years. I decided to pick one out. Scrawled in Rajul’s handwriting, it said, “You will move your attention away from thoughts that suggest this is an unfriendly or fearful world.”

One day, if I build up the courage, I want to get Rafa’s Spanish bull logo tattooed somewhere on my body so I can not only always tell this story but also as a reminder — a reminder of his ability to fight through adversity, how he pushes his body to do incredible things and his work ethic that makes coming back from injury possible. It would even be a reminder of his empowering words to me. But most importantly, it would remind me that the universe, without a doubt, is unequivocally working in my favor. — even when I haven’t asked it to, even when I don’t believe in it, it’s on my side. This is not an unfriendly or fearful world.



 
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Raphael Nadal

Hall of Fame
That Thiem-Rafa match is one of the most inspirational matches I've ever seen.
Those first 2 sets were excessive, took a long time and the most physical rallies of the tournament.....and Rafa lost them both, but maintained razor sharp focus in the 3rd and 4th Sets.....the prototype professional :)
And brilliant fight in the 4th Set tiebreaker, overcame a horror start to almost steal it.
I found this loss more inspirational than any of Rafa's 2019 wins.
 

Crisstti

Legend
6. You’ve met Carlos Moya, Rafa’s coach, idol and friend, but also a former world number one tennis player in his own right and had a wonderful conversation with him and your family where he was 100% engaged in your every typical fan girl word but just as modest about your every word about him and his many extraordinary accomplishments as a player and an incredible coach. These Majorcan men are something else.


5. You’ve stifled a highly inappropriate cat call during the private practice session when Rafa pulled off his sweat-soaked T-shirt to change into a clean one and you could see each and every one of his muscles rippling down his glistening tanned back like a freaking supermodel/superhero which made you want to call out in pure appreciation but you had to peel your eyes away from this perfectly sculpted Greek god as a goofy smile broke out onto your face. (Sorry for this incredibly thirsty sentence.)

4. You’ve been on the receiving end of a patented wink and tongue wag from the GOAT after he miss hit a forehand return from a Carlos Moya serve that ended up landing perfectly in for an outright winner but your silly self was trying desperately hard not to stare directly at the magnetic force that is Rafa so as not to totally creep him out, so you ended up completely missing his playfulness and will regret it every single day for the rest of your life.

3. You’ve received motivational and encouraging words about your recovery from one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen after you showed him the shoes of his you are wearing so that you can “literally learn to walk in (his) footsteps” and your sister-in-law told him that you’ve already taken steps in these shoes to which he replied, “Oh yeah?” He then looked at you directly in the eyes and said, “Keep going. Keep strong. Come on,” and he smiled and placed a life-affirming hand on your shoulder and you have never been the same since.


2. You’ve gotten the chance to thank your number one idol and hero for always inspiring you with everything he does and everything he is and got to see this humble bull blush because of your borderline-creepy praise as he replied shyly “my pleasure” but you completely forgot to use every last bit of Spanish you’ve spoken almost daily for the last 20 years. (Tbh, you’re pretty sure you even forgot your own name.)

1. You’ve gotten to share your proudest and most precious possession with Rafa, your writing, specifically a blog you had written about surviving after tragedy where you mention that watching him play is one of the few things that keeps you happy in this mad world and Rafa validated your survival and entire existence with four simple words after you showed him a printout of the blog — “Can I keep this?”



The other day, I found a pretty heart-shaped box filled with scraps of paper that had positive affirmations on them. My bestie Rajul had made it for me but I hadn’t looked at in years. I decided to pick one out. Scrawled in Rajul’s handwriting, it said, “You will move your attention away from thoughts that suggest this is an unfriendly or fearful world.”

One day, if I build up the courage, I want to get Rafa’s Spanish bull logo tattooed somewhere on my body so I can not only always tell this story but also as a reminder — a reminder of his ability to fight through adversity, how he pushes his body to do incredible things and his work ethic that makes coming back from injury possible. It would even be a reminder of his empowering words to me. But most importantly, it would remind me that the universe, without a doubt, is unequivocally working in my favor. — even when I haven’t asked it to, even when I don’t believe in it, it’s on my side. This is not an unfriendly or fearful world.



That is beautiful :cry:
 

TennisFan3

Legend
6. You’ve met Carlos Moya, Rafa’s coach, idol and friend, but also a former world number one tennis player in his own right and had a wonderful conversation with him and your family where he was 100% engaged in your every typical fan girl word but just as modest about your every word about him and his many extraordinary accomplishments as a player and an incredible coach. These Majorcan men are something else.


5. You’ve stifled a highly inappropriate cat call during the private practice session when Rafa pulled off his sweat-soaked T-shirt to change into a clean one and you could see each and every one of his muscles rippling down his glistening tanned back like a freaking supermodel/superhero which made you want to call out in pure appreciation but you had to peel your eyes away from this perfectly sculpted Greek god as a goofy smile broke out onto your face. (Sorry for this incredibly thirsty sentence.)

4. You’ve been on the receiving end of a patented wink and tongue wag from the GOAT after he miss hit a forehand return from a Carlos Moya serve that ended up landing perfectly in for an outright winner but your silly self was trying desperately hard not to stare directly at the magnetic force that is Rafa so as not to totally creep him out, so you ended up completely missing his playfulness and will regret it every single day for the rest of your life.

3. You’ve received motivational and encouraging words about your recovery from one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen after you showed him the shoes of his you are wearing so that you can “literally learn to walk in (his) footsteps” and your sister-in-law told him that you’ve already taken steps in these shoes to which he replied, “Oh yeah?” He then looked at you directly in the eyes and said, “Keep going. Keep strong. Come on,” and he smiled and placed a life-affirming hand on your shoulder and you have never been the same since.


2. You’ve gotten the chance to thank your number one idol and hero for always inspiring you with everything he does and everything he is and got to see this humble bull blush because of your borderline-creepy praise as he replied shyly “my pleasure” but you completely forgot to use every last bit of Spanish you’ve spoken almost daily for the last 20 years. (Tbh, you’re pretty sure you even forgot your own name.)

1. You’ve gotten to share your proudest and most precious possession with Rafa, your writing, specifically a blog you had written about surviving after tragedy where you mention that watching him play is one of the few things that keeps you happy in this mad world and Rafa validated your survival and entire existence with four simple words after you showed him a printout of the blog — “Can I keep this?”



The other day, I found a pretty heart-shaped box filled with scraps of paper that had positive affirmations on them. My bestie Rajul had made it for me but I hadn’t looked at in years. I decided to pick one out. Scrawled in Rajul’s handwriting, it said, “You will move your attention away from thoughts that suggest this is an unfriendly or fearful world.”

One day, if I build up the courage, I want to get Rafa’s Spanish bull logo tattooed somewhere on my body so I can not only always tell this story but also as a reminder — a reminder of his ability to fight through adversity, how he pushes his body to do incredible things and his work ethic that makes coming back from injury possible. It would even be a reminder of his empowering words to me. But most importantly, it would remind me that the universe, without a doubt, is unequivocally working in my favor. — even when I haven’t asked it to, even when I don’t believe in it, it’s on my side. This is not an unfriendly or fearful world.



Beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing. Kudos to Nadal and his team for the kind gesture.
 

Azure

Legend
6. You’ve met Carlos Moya, Rafa’s coach, idol and friend, but also a former world number one tennis player in his own right and had a wonderful conversation with him and your family where he was 100% engaged in your every typical fan girl word but just as modest about your every word about him and his many extraordinary accomplishments as a player and an incredible coach. These Majorcan men are something else.


5. You’ve stifled a highly inappropriate cat call during the private practice session when Rafa pulled off his sweat-soaked T-shirt to change into a clean one and you could see each and every one of his muscles rippling down his glistening tanned back like a freaking supermodel/superhero which made you want to call out in pure appreciation but you had to peel your eyes away from this perfectly sculpted Greek god as a goofy smile broke out onto your face. (Sorry for this incredibly thirsty sentence.)

4. You’ve been on the receiving end of a patented wink and tongue wag from the GOAT after he miss hit a forehand return from a Carlos Moya serve that ended up landing perfectly in for an outright winner but your silly self was trying desperately hard not to stare directly at the magnetic force that is Rafa so as not to totally creep him out, so you ended up completely missing his playfulness and will regret it every single day for the rest of your life.

3. You’ve received motivational and encouraging words about your recovery from one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen after you showed him the shoes of his you are wearing so that you can “literally learn to walk in (his) footsteps” and your sister-in-law told him that you’ve already taken steps in these shoes to which he replied, “Oh yeah?” He then looked at you directly in the eyes and said, “Keep going. Keep strong. Come on,” and he smiled and placed a life-affirming hand on your shoulder and you have never been the same since.


2. You’ve gotten the chance to thank your number one idol and hero for always inspiring you with everything he does and everything he is and got to see this humble bull blush because of your borderline-creepy praise as he replied shyly “my pleasure” but you completely forgot to use every last bit of Spanish you’ve spoken almost daily for the last 20 years. (Tbh, you’re pretty sure you even forgot your own name.)

1. You’ve gotten to share your proudest and most precious possession with Rafa, your writing, specifically a blog you had written about surviving after tragedy where you mention that watching him play is one of the few things that keeps you happy in this mad world and Rafa validated your survival and entire existence with four simple words after you showed him a printout of the blog — “Can I keep this?”



The other day, I found a pretty heart-shaped box filled with scraps of paper that had positive affirmations on them. My bestie Rajul had made it for me but I hadn’t looked at in years. I decided to pick one out. Scrawled in Rajul’s handwriting, it said, “You will move your attention away from thoughts that suggest this is an unfriendly or fearful world.”

One day, if I build up the courage, I want to get Rafa’s Spanish bull logo tattooed somewhere on my body so I can not only always tell this story but also as a reminder — a reminder of his ability to fight through adversity, how he pushes his body to do incredible things and his work ethic that makes coming back from injury possible. It would even be a reminder of his empowering words to me. But most importantly, it would remind me that the universe, without a doubt, is unequivocally working in my favor. — even when I haven’t asked it to, even when I don’t believe in it, it’s on my side. This is not an unfriendly or fearful world.



:cry::cry::cry: this was such a warm piece to read. Filled with emotions reading this beautiful article. Rafa is such a gem.
 

vernonbc

Legend
https://en.as.com/en/2020/02/03/opinion ... 97801.html

04/02/2020 12:45
The following opinion piece by Carlos Matallanas, A letter to Rafael Nadal, was published in Diario AS on 12 June 2019 following Nadal's 12th Roland Garrós triumph. It was selected as one of the three finalists in the International Sport Press Association AIP Sports Media Awards for the Best Column category. Carlos' piece was one of 17,000 entries and finished runner-up at this evening's gala in Budapest. Carlos, a former football player who has been diagonosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and was unable to attend tonight's event, was represented by his brother Javier.

A letter to Rafael Nadal

Hello, Rafael. I’m afraid I'm not going to be very original. It is impossible to be when such overwhelming consensus exists. Furthermore, it’s been some 10 years or so since I ran out of clever words when I was writing reports and analysis of your victories and setbacks for El Confidencial. I spent the following five years repeating myself excessively. I know that my fellow journalists suffer the same affliction. We have all been left literally speechless.

With that in mind, I’m not going to waste column inches in an attempt to describe what we are all aware of. I would however like to take advantage of this privileged window I have been afforded to explain how I see you from my point of view. I have suffered a terrible defeat, a brutal illness that cut short my life’s project when I found myself in its sweetest moment. According to all the statistics of average survival rates I shouldn’t even be here today. Since 2016, I have watched your games lying prostrate in bed, without the ability to move. I am a football man – it is one of the few things I feel qualified to talk about with conviction. But fortunately my footballer’s eyes also allow me to enjoy other sports and to feel affinity for their complexities and challenges.

Through my modest appreciation of elite-level tennis, I have witnessed your career with the pleasure and the passion that millions of people around the world share with me. I am not one to idolise anyone, not even those people who have provided me with unforgettable emotions and happiness, but my admiration for you is stratospheric. I have been asked on many occasions what I most admire about your career. It is not success; that is very clear in my mind because it is easy to admire someone when life is treating them well. Overcoming physical hardship has been the most impressive of your achievements without doubt, but I think that I value other virtues even more greatly. In the strictly sporting sphere, I find myself fascinated by the capacity for concentration and calmness at crucial moments and of course by the ability to prove more tenacious than every strategy deployed by your opponents, something which often drives them to complete despair.

I have watched you in defeat in the conviction that frustration over errors made weighs considerably less heavily when you have drained every last reserve to play to the limit of your endurance and experience. I always have the feeling that you have played in exactly that way. All of these capacities and many others, such as the improvements constantly incorporated into your game through daily training, are worthy of merit. But above all, it is your personality and your attitude that have genuinely drawn me to you. And those same attributes also explain all of the above.

Before I was diagnosed, I felt a familiarity with the way you carried yourself in the world, I suppose more because I wanted for myself that same arsenal of psychological resources than because I was really in possession of them. I remember experiencing that sensation when I saw you in the flesh for the first time, in a corridor at the Madrid Masters in 2010. I think that this identification based on desire is what we feel as your fans, and more concretely those of us who are your compatriots, those of us who share a similar socio-cultural space. And at the same time, beyond our borders, I believe that people from other countries associate all Spaniards with your character. Beyond clichés and without playing on cheap patriotism, because there are as many bad examples of humanity here as there are anywhere else, I do genuinely believe that you, Rafael Nadal, are a motor of our collective identity, whatever that may be.

When I found myself against life’s ropes in those moments when you cannot hide from yourself, I fought (and I continue to fight) with the only weapons that we have, those that were forged throughout our entire existence, from when we were children. Even if it would be incorrect to state that I am in possession of one of these thanks to you, I am convinced that your ever-present inspiration has shown me that the correct path is always to wield the weapons we possess with resolve, nobility and determination, in order to defeat all of our fears. Even the biggest one of all that we as human beings hold: the final, irreversible defeat.

I imagine that you might think I am exaggerating, that you are merely a tennis player. But that should not be underestimated. Sport is culture. And sport is education. And if Cervantes or Goya sketched us and act as reference points through their ingenious works of reflection, you perform the same role through your intuitive movement across a tennis court. I am in no doubt: when I weigh up how much I have lost through my illness and the little that it has left intact, the result will continue to ring positive because of simple yet huge pleasures like being able to continue watching you a racquet in your hand. Life is a little more worth it thanks to the existence of our Rafael Nadal.

Yours sincerely, Carlos Matallanas.

Carlos Matallanas is a journalist who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014. He wrote this article with his eyes.
 

vernonbc

Legend
04 February
Global Tennis Star Rafael Nadal to inaugurate Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait with historic match

The world’s best tennis player, Rafael Nadal, will serve up the start of a new era for the sport of tennis when he inaugurates the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy Kuwait, a training and developmental hub at the all-new Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex, with an special match on Wednesday, 5 February.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion will face former top-ranking ATP player David Ferrer in the inaugural Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait Champions Challenge in front of a sold-out crowd at the 1,500-seater outdoor stadium, just one of 18 courts at the world-class Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex.

Rafa Nadal Academy Kuwait is the second such facility bearing the name of the global tennis icon and the first Rafa Nadal Academy outside the superstar’s hometown in Mallorca, Spain, and constitutes a key part of the Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex. The Academy will now open membership registration before opening the doors in April.

One of the country’s pioneering public-private partnership projects, this is the biggest sports initiative in value and size under the Kuwait Public Authority for Sport. It is directly linked to Tamdeen Group’s award-winning flagship 360 Mall.

“The creation of this fascinating project was an important milestone in the vision of our wise leadership and government to invest in youth and nurture their talent in recognition of the vital role that the youth play in the developmental process,” said Mohammed Mustafa Marzouq Al-Marzouq – General Manager of Tamdeen Sports.

“To contribute to the development of the sports system in Kuwait, we strive to support this vision. We hope that the launch of this project will constitute an important transformation in this system. The launch of this project and the existing cooperation with the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy has formed a space of hope and joy for our youth, children, and all lovers of the game in Kuwait.”

The Shaikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah Tennis complex boasts the latest world-class technology throughout, from the “ProCushion” acrylic international standard surfaces to the advanced soundproofing method, and will, when fully operational, be home to the Kuwait Tennis Federation. At its heart will be the 5,000-seat Kuwait Arena.

Professionally certified coaches who embody the all-action work ethic of the planet’s best tennis player will coach all levels and ages, and have access to state-of-the-art fitness centres for men and women, and healthy F&B options.

The Academy will play a leading role in educating and encouraging local and regional tennis players, and follows Nadal’s five main principles of greatness; tennis training, physical training, mental training, good nutrition and competition.

https://www.timeskuwait.com/news/global ... ric-match/
 

GeneGenie

New User
That academy looks even more impressive than Mallorca.

Another thought occurred. He appears to have got to Kuwait on Sunday and done press events. Interesting given the Australian Open final was on Sunday. Almost as if he was not planning being in Melbourne on Sunday.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa Nadal Academy in Kuwait

February 5, 2020
Inaugural events

Rafa inaugurated his academy in Kuwait on Wednesday.

He and David Ferrer held a press conference and played the exhibition match titled "Champions Challenge" to inaugurate the academy. Pascal Maria umpired the match.




The pre-match warm-up in the academy gym (click the forward icon to see all the pictures & videos):
http://instagr.am/p/B8MJUBfIZzn/
Rafa's academy in Kuwait is his second academy in the world (his first academy outside Spain). He has opened two tennis centres (that are not academies) outside Spain: in Mexico (in the southeast) and Greece (north).

The tennis centre & academy chain linked to Rafa's sports centre & academy in Manacor is growing:

(y) to Rafa!
 
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clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
That academy looks even more impressive than Mallorca.

Another thought occurred. He appears to have got to Kuwait on Sunday and done press events. Interesting given the Australian Open final was on Sunday. Almost as if he was not planning being in Melbourne on Sunday.
That did crossed my mind.
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Is not quite the same.
In RG matches are the best of five sets and in Paris you play at sea level.
Anyway, it will be played indoors only when it rains and when the drops of water stop falling, it will be played again outdoors.
Do not overdo it with fatalistic predictions.
I just forwarded someone's tweet.
 

irishnadalfan1983

Hall of Fame
Anyone else think Rafa is travelling a bit much/could do with a break????!!!!! Seems he could do with chilling out....Feel like he is constantly on the move....Mexico again in a few weeks....The again maybe the likes of SA, Kuwait are like a holiday.....
 

Hitman

Hall of Fame
Nadal making history alongside his great rival and friend Federer for smashing the attendance record for a tennis match ever. Nearly 52K people attended. Incredible scenes showcasing the two most successful players in the modern era. (y) :)



 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Think about how much money Bill Gates has and Fedal got him out of the house for something like this :-D



How was your day? "Oh I just played tennis with the richest man in the world" :cool:
#Epic
 
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clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
This is such a sweet story-

https://www.essentiallysports.com/tennis-news-atp-rafael-nadal-makes-a-95-year-old-fans-dream-come-true-roger-federer/amp/

"I’m very excited. I keep packing and unpacking and keep wishing I could meet Nadal. I just wish he wins and I wish I could take a photo with him. The first time I saw him play was about 12 years ago. He doesn’t just hit the ball, he plays tennis,” said Witbooi.
I heard the commentators mention this and according to them, this lady wanted to take a picture with both Federer and Nadal. They never mentioned that she is a Rafa fan. I've noticed that whenever there is cause to acknowledge Rafa, they always drag Federer into it.
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Rafa Nadal Academy in Kuwait

February 3 - 5, 2020
Inaugural events

A great video summary of inaugural events of Rafa's academy in Kuwait that took place last week:

The video was published by the RNA on Feb.11.

(y) to Rafa!
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
Good to see him at home relaxing.....Hoping he gives Mexico a skip but I doubt it.....Seems like he has commercial ties down there....
Rafa has 'commercial ties' on the Caribbean side of Mexico, where he partially owns two resort hotels (that have tennis courts) and a tennis centre. Acapulco is located on Mexico's Pacific coast. The flight distance from Mexico's Caribbean coast to Acapulco is about 1500 km/ 930 miles.
:)
 
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DSH

Legend
So, will Nadal play the Masters 1000 of IW and Miami after his trip to Mexico and before the clay season begins?
 

octobrina10

G.O.A.T.
So, will Nadal play the Masters 1000 of IW and Miami after his trip to Mexico and before the clay season begins?
For the Masters 1000 tournaments (except Monte-Carlo), players are automatically entered by the ATP. Rafa hasn't officially withdrawn from IW & Miami tournaments.
 
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