I was broken.
I suppose there were many others in the world too.
It was the third set and Federer was leading 4-0, and I could sense the inevitable coming. I had to switch off the TV. After a while, when my nerves were somewhat calm, I switched on the tube to find a great young athlete of our times, celebrating his worthy vanquisher, "To beat me, he be the man, no?" he said, with a smile on his face. Rafa lost the match but he won me all over again.
Later, I had to execute this idea (I was actually wondering why it hasn't been done yet)
I thought we should celebrate this remarkable young athlete of our times and his ruthlessly charming stronghold at a streak lasting 81 matches before it met abrupt closure.
THE TRIBUTE THREAD
Anybody and everybody who sees something good about our adorable and ruthless tennis-hero can post here. If you cannot write anything good about him (either on-court or off-court), YOU SHOULDN'T BE ON THIS THREAD. No. Not here. We'll have our tard-wars somewhere else
, no? But I want this thread to be sincere
, as is only fitting for a tribute. Here are the guidelines:
We need at least 81 'Letters to Rafa' before Rafa makes his first serve at Roland Garros 2007.
These 81 posts should be from Posters who admire
Rafael Nadal on some level or the other. You might admire only his forehand, or else admire everything from his game & gluttony to his guts & grunts; then you can post here. Alternatively, you might like him at a personal level for the kind of person he is, or because you've seen certain things about him, that others haven't, then this would be a nice time to share it.
The 'Letter' format: These 81 posts are to be addressed to Rafa directly as one does in a letter. The length of the letter does not matter; what matters is the sincerity of your message. You could address him the way you want to, write to him the things you've always wanted to tell him, tell him how and why he's special to you, and even scold him where you think its apt coz he's doing something foolish and needs to change something in his game or life. But to do all this, you need to like something in that boy, no? So again, if you have zero-respect for him, dont pay a visit here. Coming back to the point, you could add videos, music and pictures from his world-winning streak to make your tribute memorable, or just dedicate a favorite song to him, or do all of this and more. Its up to you, really. All 'Letters to Rafa' are to end with you signing off with your real Name/ avatar Name, again as one does in a letter.
Comments on some other Poster's 'Letter to Rafa' shall not be counted as an entry. Likewise, Posters chatting among themselves are not counted as entries. Of course, you can do both here.
81 'Letters to Rafa' are the minimum required. Of course, the more the merrier
A poster who has posted his 'Letter to Rafa' once cannot do so twice, but can continue to comment, post videos, pictures, articles that he/she might want to share.
I will post the daily update on the number of people who have posted their letters along with their names/IDs so we know the count.
So Remember, 81 'Letters to Rafa' before Rafa makes his first serve at Roland Garros 2007. Thereafter, the thread can continue without the pression
, no? The letters can still continue to pour in, as can other stuff. So here's to the scintillating young athlete to already have a tribute at the dawn of his career!
Now hurry up with your contribution, silly!