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adelaide
06-15-2005, 01:27 PM
:D :D :D :D :D
He said he was planning to get there 4-5 days prior to the start of the tournament, so it must be soon. :banana: I'm so excited!

Clay Court King Nadal Eager for Wimbledon
Monday, 13 June, 2005

Less than three months ago the prospect of Rafael Nadal's name being added to the list of competitors at The Championships would not have attracted undue interest. Just another of the Spanish Armada who flood the world's tournaments, clay court kings every one.

Then the youngster from Mallorca, who turned 19 earlier this month, embarked on a sensational run which carried him up to third in the rankings and to the forefront of attention.

Having won the Brazil and Mexican Opens back-to-back in February, Nadal returned to Europe for a run of 25 matches on clay which encompassed victories in the Masters Series tournaments of Monte Carlo and Rome, the Seat Godo championships in Barcelona and, most triumphantly of all, Grand Slam success at the French Open on his debut there.

Nadal celebrated his 19th birthday in rousing style by defeating the Wimbledon champion and world number one, Roger Federer, in the Roland Garros semi-finals before going on to overcome Mariano Puerta in the final.

Immediately after becoming French champion, Nadal surprised many by insisting that the Grand Slam he wants to win above all is Wimbledon.

"I want to do well on grass because it is a very special surface, so different to all the others. Also Wimbledon is the world's most important tournament. Not many players from Spain have done well there, so that is an extra motivation for me."

In fact only one Spaniard, Manuel Santana in 1966, has ever won the men's title, which puts into perspective the size of the challenge Nadal has set for himself.

If the tennis Nadal plays is of the full throttle variety, undertaken at maximum speed and guaranteed to appeal to fans of every age, his choice of attire is certain to appeal to British youngsters just as it already has done to their contemporaries in Europe.

With his long, dark hair held in place by a wide bandana, a sleeveless shirt and calf-length trousers which have been likened to pirates' clothing, a matador's suit or (in America) clam-digging gear, Nadal is certain to become the sport's latest fashion icon. - with the colours appropriately toned down in accordance with Wimbledon regulations.

The common perception is that this will be Nadal's Wimbledon debut. In fact, he competed here two years ago, just after his 17th birthday, and reached the third round by defeating the Mario Ancic (a semi-finalist in 2004) and then Britain's Lee Childs.

Last year the youngster known throughout Spain as "Rafa" missed Wimbledon because of a stress fracture of the left ankle which sidelined him for most of the summer, but he is eager to renew acquaintance with the hallowed turf of the All England Club.

Despite the dizzying speed of his ascent to stardom, Nadal remains an unassuming and likeable young man. This is a tribute to the family team which surrounds, advises and protects him. Rafael lives at the family home in Manacor, a house looking out onto the town's massive 18th century church.

He is coached by his uncle, Toni, and his fitness trainer is another uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, a former distinguished Spanish international footballer who spent nine seasons with Barcelona.

His father, Sebastian, is a successful businessman with a window and double-glazing company, and his ability to cover the costs of having his son trained at home in Mallorca rather than going to a national training centre on the mainland, maintained that close family connection which has proved to vital to his success.

After his Paris triumph, a weary Nadal went straight to Halle in Germany for the grass-court tournament as part of his Wimbledon preparation and, unsurprisingly, subsided to his first defeat in two and a half months, losing to Alexander Waske of Germany.

Written by Ronald Atkin


He seems to have a positive mindset for Wimbley... :smooch:
VAMOS.

Jennay
06-15-2005, 07:52 PM
¡¡íVamos!!! :worship:

chocc0
06-15-2005, 09:54 PM
woohoo Go Rafa!

Ti-Anne
06-16-2005, 07:11 AM
:D BUENA SUERTE CARINO !!!:inlove:

connectolove
06-16-2005, 08:00 AM
I wish him all the luck, but I don't know if he'll do well: too many well prepared rivals... grass specialists.

Iza
06-16-2005, 08:03 AM
:woohoo: R :woohoo: A :woohoo: F :woohoo: A :woohoo:

VAMOS CHICO!!!!!! :banana: :bounce: :banana: :bounce: :banana:

eddie_hyden
06-16-2005, 12:22 PM
rafa, i believe in u.

VAMOS!

adelaide
06-16-2005, 12:52 PM
Main Draw here ---> http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/draws/ms/r1s1.html

Rafael's Quarter:
G.Canas (7) vs Q.
M.Mirnyi vs R.Schuettler
S.Wawrinka vs F.Santoro
P.Wessels vs J.Novak (28)
T.Haas (19) vs J.Tipsarevic
Q. vs Q.
A.Pavel vs Q.
B.Ulihrach vs T.Johansson (12)

R.Stepanek (14) vs R.Ginepri
A.Murray vs Q.
K.Kucera vs L.Horna
R.Sluiter vs D.Nalbandian (18)
R.Gasquet (27) vs P.Kohlschreiber
S.Schalken vs P.Starace
F.Mantilla vs G.Muller
V.Spadea vs R.Nadal (4)

He's not in Roger's half, btw. His quarter doesn't have any conventional "strong contender" there. yay or nay? I'm not sure. :p

RogiFan88
06-16-2005, 01:23 PM
Watch out for Nalby... remember he made Wimby F in 2002.

RogiFan88
06-16-2005, 01:24 PM
Oops, I forgot also Gasquet... good on most surfaces, as are many Frenchies.

RogiFan88
06-16-2005, 01:24 PM
...and Gasquet's been doing well on grass so far this year.

Björki
06-16-2005, 05:28 PM
vamos Rafa :bounce:

victoria_maraude
06-16-2005, 07:31 PM
I think Spadea should not be a problem for Rafa, he's so much better!
Vamos Rafi!!!!

linny28grace
06-16-2005, 11:42 PM
guys, I want Rafa to win just as much as any of you, but remember even he knows there are much better people on grass! dont get your hopes up too high! NO CRYING!

Eruwen
06-17-2005, 09:15 AM
Good luck in Wimby Rafa! http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gif Let's kick some ass again! :banana:

Carlita
06-17-2005, 09:18 AM
:bounce: VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS Little Angelito :bounce:


I hope Spadea won't cause a problem...he can be a dangerous player in those early rounds :unsure:

nenadeSergio
06-17-2005, 11:15 AM
You´re so right! Let´s hope he won´t be this time! ;)

knight_ley
06-17-2005, 02:54 PM
vamos rafa!!!!! :bigclap:

RogiFan88
06-17-2005, 03:14 PM
Just get rid of Spadea so I don't have to look at him... ;)

LaTenista
06-17-2005, 05:38 PM
Hi everyone :wavey:

I'm new to MTF but I've been a fan of Rafa's ever since I watched him beat Stepanek on Carpet during Davis Cup first round 2004, especially when he had been crushed by Novak on day 1 singles.

I saw him at TMS Cincinnati last year where he lost in a 3rd set tiebreaker to Chela :sad: The crowd was mostly backing Chela (why?) who won the 1st, then mostly everyone was cheering for Rafa in the 2nd, in the 3rd the crowd went back to rooting for Chela :confused: They had this one amazing point in the tiebreaker where Rafa fell down flat on his back and after that all his energy was gone. I don't think he won another point so that's how he lost.

Well, Spadea is a tricky customer. He won their only previous encounter (TMS Madrid 2004) but lately he's been nursing an ab injury and didn't play any grass warmups. And in defense of his looks, I saw him practicing last year at Cincinnati and he was actually good looking in person IMHO. So much so, it took a good 5 minutes for me to even figure out who he was. :o On TV and during matches he is not attractive. :scratch: People seem to (even at the tournament) talk smack about him a lot but he's really a journeyman and I have to respect him for it. But back to their Wimbledon matchup: Spadea doesn't usually do too well on grass except last year he reached the 4th round and back in 2000 he beat Rusedski when he wasn't winning any matches. Make of it what you will.

Yes, the draw is quite challenging for Rafael but the young man seems to rise to the occasion.

Buena suerte en Wimbledon y vamos, Rafa!

Lenka
06-17-2005, 05:39 PM
Vamos Rafa!!!!

Jennay
06-18-2005, 12:42 AM
Relatively nice draw. I think Gasquet and Nalbandian could cause some problems. Buena suerte :bounce:

Mimi
06-18-2005, 03:01 AM
welcome and enjoy posting here :wavey:
Hi everyone :wavey:

I'm new to MTF but I've been a fan of Rafa's ever since I watched him beat Stepanek on Carpet during Davis Cup first round 2004, especially when he had been crushed by Novak on day 1 singles.

I saw him at TMS Cincinnati last year where he lost in a 3rd set tiebreaker to Chela :sad: The crowd was mostly backing Chela (why?) who won the 1st, then mostly everyone was cheering for Rafa in the 2nd, in the 3rd the crowd went back to rooting for Chela :confused: They had this one amazing point in the tiebreaker where Rafa fell down flat on his back and after that all his energy was gone. I don't think he won another point so that's how he lost.

Well, Spadea is a tricky customer. He won their only previous encounter (TMS Madrid 2004) but lately he's been nursing an ab injury and didn't play any grass warmups. And in defense of his looks, I saw him practicing last year at Cincinnati and he was actually good looking in person IMHO. So much so, it took a good 5 minutes for me to even figure out who he was. :o On TV and during matches he is not attractive. :scratch: People seem to (even at the tournament) talk smack about him a lot but he's really a journeyman and I have to respect him for it. But back to their Wimbledon matchup: Spadea doesn't usually do too well on grass except last year he reached the 4th round and back in 2000 he beat Rusedski when he wasn't winning any matches. Make of it what you will.

Yes, the draw is quite challenging for Rafael but the young man seems to rise to the occasion.

Buena suerte en Wimbledon y vamos, Rafa!

adelaide
06-19-2005, 02:02 PM
did anybody mention that Rafael's playing doubles with Feliciano? I think he's trying to get as many matches as possible as a practise, rather than bidding for the singles title ;)

OOP for tomorrow is out and the top half is playing. So no Rafa yet. :)

adelaide
06-20-2005, 02:48 AM
“I’m going to Wimbledon to enjoy myself and do my best, my intention is to go there and learn so that one day I’ll be able to do something big there,”
:hug:

ataptc
06-20-2005, 05:41 AM
awww :)

Vamos Rafa! The prospect of meeting Gasquet is interesting yet scary, but at least we know he will do his best :)

veyonce
06-20-2005, 06:36 AM
Rafael Nadal believes he has little chance this year of fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming Wimbledon champion.

The 19-year-old Spaniard, who crowned a wonderful clay-court season by winning the French Open at Roland Garros last month, has played only once at Wimbledon - in 2003.

And Nadal admitted that his lack of experience on grass means it would be a real surprise if he were to claim the title in two weeks' time.

"On clay I can win a lot of matches if I play my best tennis, but it is different on grass," Nadal said.

"I have to improve, and at the moment I do not have the preparation to go far in a grass-court tournament.

"I have been practising with [Frenchman] Sebastien Grosjean [who reached the semi-finals here in 2003 and 2004] - and he beat me so badly."

Nadal's victory over Argentinian Mariano Puerta in the final in Paris was made possible by his victory over world number one and reigning Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the last four.

But Nadal expects the Swiss player to have the upper hand if the pair meet at SW19.

He continued: "I can beat Roger on clay, and give him a good game on a hard court if I am at my best.

"But it is different on grass, where he is better than me. Players like Roger, Lleyton Hewitt and Tim Henman have reached a higher level than me on this surface."

Nadal, the fourth seed, faces American Vince Spadea - who once defeated Britain's Greg Rusedski here - in the first round.

He is realistic enough to know that he may not progress beyond round one - but he has kept alive his ambition of one day prevailing in the Wimbledon final.

"For a Spanish player to win the French Open is fantastic, because we are brought up on clay courts and that is what we know," Nadal explained.

"But it would be unbelievable for a Spaniard to win Wimbledon - Manolo Santana is the only man to have done so.

"I have always wanted to win Wimbledon. It is such a special tournament."

He is also practising with England's Andrew Murray.

VAMOS RAFA!!!!

veyonce
06-20-2005, 06:38 AM
Another Article:-

The good news for his growing army of fans is that Rafael Nadal will be wearing his fashion-setting uniform of pirata trousers and sleeveless shirt at Wimbledon. "But in white," he smiled. What is less certain is whether, should he win Wimbledon in the same all-out style he stormed to victory with at the French Open, he will be able to make his acceptance speech in English.

The young master is certainly trying. Indeed, he welcomes questions in English, though there is the occasional need to turn towards his ATP interpreter, Benito Perez Barbadillo, with raised eyebrows and a "Que?" when the questions come in too fast or in obtuse form.

The kid from Mallorca who celebrated his 18th birthday by walloping Roger Federer in the Roland Garros semi-finals a fortnight ago needs no assistance in assessing his chances of a repeat on grass against the world No 1 and winner of Wimbledon for the past two summers. "In Paris, Federer was not at his best, so I could beat him. On hard courts in Miami I also played a good match against him [Nadal lost the final in five sets]. But here he has won for two years, so..." The shrug which followed was a clear indication of what he thought of his chances of overturning Federer in his own back yard.

But Nadal didn't get where he is today - third in the world rankings - by being short of confidence. "I am in the top five now, and at some moment I could be two. But one, no. Federer is the best right now."

What has happened to him this year is still difficult to take on board. "Six months ago I ranked 56, now I am three, close to two. Is unbelievable. But I can still improve." And is he enjoying the attendant fame? "Yes, perfectly."

Having spent virtually all of the season so far on clay, winning six titles on that surface, Nadal is naturally finding the change to grass a demanding task. He claims: "It is not easy to adapt, but I am working. I improve every day." He is better certainly than in Halle last week, where he lost his first match after an impressive sequence of 24 wins to the German wildcard Alexander Waske, a defeat received with relief by his entourage since it offered their lad the opportunity for a much-needed break from his draining, all-action style.

As for his Wimbledon chances, Nadal had this to say: "On clay I can win a lot of matches, but this is different. I am not prepared yet to play a good tournament. I don't know what round I can reach. I only think about the first round right now."

So why come to Wimbledon? "I need to prove myself, improve my volley. I want to play good here because it is one of the best tournaments in the world, and for me to play good here is very nice. For a Spanish player to win the French Open is not unusual, but to win here would be unbelievable. This is the Grand Slam I want to win most because it is so special. I like very nice to play on grass, the green, but I think if the rival serves very well it is not so nice."

Saumon
06-20-2005, 09:23 PM
look at this:
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/photos/imagepages/2005-06-20/200506201119298137866.html

he is SLEEVELESS!!! :woohoo:

Neely
06-20-2005, 09:56 PM
don't struggle tomorrow, Rafa! VAMOS and win! :yeah:

Carlita
06-20-2005, 10:09 PM
http://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gifhttp://members.home.nl/gvanbienen/cheering.gif

:angel: Vamos my little angelito!:angel:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

ataptc
06-21-2005, 02:57 AM
Vamos Rafa!! his match will be on centre court! :bounce:

aceit
06-21-2005, 02:58 AM
VAMOS RAFA! :bounce:

Clara Bow
06-21-2005, 05:00 AM
I wish him the best of luck tomorrow.

And I wish him the best of luck in the tournament. I am so tired of some posters here and the American press dismissing RG champions as one court freaks who can only do well on clay so I would really love for Rafa and other "clay courters" to do well here to help to distell that increasingly snobbish and mean attitude.

Go Rafa! :)

texasgirl
06-21-2005, 06:03 AM
I know what you mean Clara. I can't stand the elitist attitude in tennis. That is why I have never fully embraced this sport. Honestly, I'm more a Rafa fan than a tennis fan right now. I hadn't watched tennis in two years until Rafael came along. Recently, the dismissive attitudes towards players who excel at clay and the Gasquet vs Nadal threads have engendered negative feelings against tennis again.

P.S. I lurk on this board and you seem like such a nice and fair person.

Castafiore
06-21-2005, 07:22 AM
I wish him the best of luck tomorrow.

And I wish him the best of luck in the tournament. I am so tired of some posters here and the American press dismissing RG champions as one court freaks who can only do well on clay so I would really love for Rafa and other "clay courters" to do well here to help to distell that increasingly snobbish and mean attitude.

Go Rafa! :)

I love all surfaces really but I prefer the clay surface.
I actually like watching those baseliners and the long rallies, the slow built up of a point which requires a lot: a strong mental attitude, being able to change the pace, a variation of shots, good tactics,...
The grass is quicker of course and I love to watch players like Federer (but who doesn't?) because his game is so smooth but I do hate watching the big servers that do well on this surface.

So, I'm not expecting Rafael Nadal to go very far (but you can always hope) but I do hope that he can manage to raise a couple of eyebrows and that he can prove that he will be a force on the surface: maybe not this year, maybe not the next but he will get there.

I've read an article about why many Americans don't like the clay surface and according to that journalist, it's the same reason why many Americans don't like soccer (although I hear good things about the American soccer team).
American sports fans (and correct me if I'm wrong, I have never been to the US so I'm not claiming to be an expert) are used to fast games: the speed of the game is important, high score results,...
In soccer, you're lucky if you see 4 goals during a match but it's the entire tactic and game plan that is fun to watch. Europe and South America (above all) are more used to games that require a lot of tactic and a slow built-up. They have more patience and don't need to see a scoring point every couple of minutes but they can admire the tactic and the skill of a good game plan.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying that either way of looking at sports is better but I'm just saying that it's just a habit, a background that people bring along.

adelaide
06-21-2005, 01:00 PM
I wish him the best of luck tomorrow.

And I wish him the best of luck in the tournament. I am so tired of some posters here and the American press dismissing RG champions as one court freaks who can only do well on clay so I would really love for Rafa and other "clay courters" to do well here to help to distell that increasingly snobbish and mean attitude.

Go Rafa! :)
:hug: i know. imo Rafa's already not a typical clay courter because the title he wants to win the most is Wimbledon, not RG (even though it would make his life easier if it were RG ;) )

but i really dislike Wimbledon snobs. if other GS's had some more old photographs on the wall and a freaking dress code, it'd be exactly the same. to me all grand slams are equally prestigious -- it's not like you have to win an extra match to win Wimbledon :ras:

Goonergal
06-21-2005, 01:11 PM
Hi Rafa fans :wavey: I got to see Nadal practice yesterday at Wimbledon & I took some pics :) So I will post them in the pics thread for y'all :)

Cilla :wavey:

nenadeSergio
06-21-2005, 02:28 PM
That´s bomb!!!! Thanks!

linny28grace
06-21-2005, 03:56 PM
ahh!!! Rafa plays today! Im nervous for him!

RogiFan88
06-21-2005, 05:01 PM
OK, Rafa, time to kick out that Amer "hip hop" weirdo!

Carlita
06-21-2005, 05:29 PM
:bounce: VAMOOOOOOOOS :bounce:


:yeah: looking good little :angel: Now KICK ASS:devil:

linny28grace
06-21-2005, 05:43 PM
THEY ARENT SHOWING HIS MATCH ON ESPN2!!!!!!!!! :(

ataptc
06-21-2005, 05:49 PM
why is starsports showing serena when they can show rafa?!

RogiFan88
06-21-2005, 06:02 PM
crap espn... so they showed Rafa's set point > 64 now they're back to serenadog... just lose, pls so we can see Rafa...

ataptc
06-21-2005, 06:05 PM
rafa looks so plain in all white, I guess I am used to seeing him with colors :lol: but at least he's wearing his pirates :D

ataptc
06-21-2005, 06:07 PM
crap espn... so they showed Rafa's set point > 64 now they're back to serenadog... just lose, pls so we can see Rafa...
at least you get to see his set point! mine's just erkserenayuck all thiswhile.And to think I stayed up hoping to see his match!

HybridTheory
06-21-2005, 06:46 PM
Vamos Rafael!
6-4,6-3,6-0
You're the best!! :bounce: :yeah:

veyonce
06-21-2005, 06:48 PM
at least you get to see his set point! mine's just erkserenayuck all thiswhile.And to think I stayed up hoping to see his match!

Hi ataptc!!! :wavey: You stayed up too?? Have to go to work later.. I was so disappointed Star Sports didn't telecast his match but he won!!!!! So happy!! He served 7 aces!! Too bad we couldn't catch him in action.. Guess I have to rush home tomorrow to see the highlights or Sports Centre News..

VAMOS RAFA!!!!!!

HybridTheory
06-21-2005, 06:50 PM
I just watched the match, he was playing very well I think.
Let's hope he can go far in the tournament! :)

Carlita
06-21-2005, 07:00 PM
:wavey: Hi Annet!!! You like Rafa too??

Happy he won! :woohoo:

freesbee
06-21-2005, 07:26 PM
:woohoo:

ahhhhh good win. didn't see the match. lol. hope I get to see him on thursday :)

HybridTheory
06-21-2005, 09:00 PM
:wavey: Hi Annet!!! You like Rafa too??

Happy he won! :woohoo:

Yeah, I like him a lot! I begin to like him more and more ;)

Jennay
06-21-2005, 09:34 PM
Keep going, Rafa! :yippee: :hug:

Carlita
06-21-2005, 09:50 PM
R. Nadal - Day 2
Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Q. Are you fully satisfied with your first match in Wimbledon since two years?

RAFAEL NADAL: I have a very good feelings today, no? I play I think a good match. I serve very good today, and that's important for my game, no? After I think I am happy with my forehand because in grass sometimes I don't play very well with the forehand.

I'm very happy for my match today, no?

Q. Was the match as you thought it would be against Spadea?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I won 6‑4, 6‑3, 6‑0. I think is a good match, and is a little bit easy.

THROUGH INTERPRETER: It turned out to be a little bit easier than I expected it to be.

Q. Will you wish to have golden shoes from Nike also like Sharapova and Federer?

RAFAEL NADAL: I have my ones (smiling). I have my white ones, and it's okay.

Q. Justine Henin, the winner of Roland Garros, is out. You're not superstitious, are you?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I watch the match before, before my match, Henin. So Daniilidou play good match. Every tournament is different, every match is different.

Q. But she's also very strong on clay court. You see it's difficult on grass.

RAFAEL NADAL: For everything is different the change, no? But I think I practice very, very good the last days, and I have confidence for the tournament, no?

Q. How much practice did you have on grass before this tournament after the last tournament?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, I have practice in Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (smiling).

Q. Just in Wimbledon?

RAFAEL NADAL: Two hours half, three hours every day.

Q. Last time you were here you looked very different. You've made a lot of muscle. You're much bigger and stronger.

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I think the last time I play with this one, and now I play with (indicating shorter sleeves).

Q. Do you have a special regime to make yourself stronger?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Two years before I have 16, 17, and now I have 19, no? Evolution (smiling). Evolution with age.

Q. No special...

RAFAEL NADAL: Nothing special, no.

Q. Do you actually have any belief that you can win this tournament this year? I've heard you think that you can in the future. What would you consider this to be a good tournament for you?

RAFAEL NADAL: I won the first round, and I know ‑‑ I think I cannot win this year, no? But I am happy with the match of today because I watch in the match, I can play good in grass, no? And that's important, not only for today, for the next years. If I improve some things in my game, I think any year I can play good here, no, good result.

Q. Why can't you win here after winning the French Open?

RAFAEL NADAL: Because I think here, there is a lot of players better, no? I think Federer is better here. Hewitt is better. Roddick is better. Henman is better. But not only these four. Every match is difficult here because if you find any player when he serve very good, is complicated, no?

Q. Do you feel you've adapted your game to grass now?

RAFAEL NADAL: I am trying. I think I am playing good on grass, but I know every match is different. I am playing good. But after tomorrow, I don't know.

Q. A friend of yours, Andy Murray, has made a big impact here winning his first round match. Can you tell us a bit about how you know him and your background with Andy, what you think of him as a player?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, I have a good relation with him. I know Andy at four years, five years before with Juniors competitions. And that's important, no? He's young. He won today I think the first match in one Grand Slam, and that's important. That's good for the England people, no?

Q. When you played him as a junior?

RAFAEL NADAL: I never play against him. I only play against him in doubles.

Q. What do you think of him as a player?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, he's playing good, no? I watch Andy normally in the Internet when he won some futures, when he play good in Queen's. I think he's playing good. He need improve some things, but he's young and he try for sure.

Q. Do you think he could follow you into the Top 10?

RAFAEL NADAL: Every player can do that, no? Every player can improve. And if he improve, for sure he can do in the Top 10, no?

Q. You're responsible for him going to Barcelona. You inspired him to leave Scotland, didn't you?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I am in Mallorca. I think Barcelona is a good site, good place for practice. In Barcelona we have a lot of players and a lot of tournaments, ATP tournaments, futures, satellites. And that's very important because you can play every week, no?

Q. Two years ago you beat Mario Ancic. He is the last one to beat Federer on grass. Last year he went to the semifinals. I think this year you can do something.

RAFAEL NADAL: If I won two years before to this year I am in the final, no? No, I remember that match. I think I play a very, very good match against him. There is my first match after my injury, the elbow, and that's important because in this match I can see I can play good in grass, no?

Q. I think you can do it if you really want this year. You have the determination.

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I only think about every day, about the match of doubles tomorrow, and to improve, improve my game for play in a year good here.

Q. Good luck.

RAFAEL NADAL: Thank you very much. I need, I think.

Q. You were talking about the fact that Spain is a good place to go because of many tournaments. Is that something you would maybe suggest to more English players to do?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I don't know. If any player can want to play good and he have a good illusion for the tennis, he can practice in Great Britain, in Barcelona, or anyplace, no? Because now, you know, in a lot of sites have a good place and a good coach.

But the most important thing is the illusion for the game and one other important thing is have a partners for practice good, no?

Q. We know about your footballing family. Is there any sporting advice that your uncle has given you when you're going in to compete?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I only think the most important thing is enjoy the game and (indiscernible).

Q. In the past there have been some French champions, Spanish, who had no interest in Wimbledon, didn't come, whatever. You seem to have a very different attitude about Wimbledon. You have great respect for it. You think you can win here eventually. Why is that?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I always say Wimbledon is special for me, no, because in Wimbledon only one Spanish player won, no, Manolo Santana. It's important, I want to improve on grass. I like play on grass, no? Is nice. I want to do an important tournament here.

Q. Justine Henin said it was difficult for her to focus on Wimbledon after her victory in Paris because there's only two weeks. Did you feel the same?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, that's normal, no? Is only two weeks, and for adapt is not easy. I think I going play ‑‑ I going to play in Halle is important for me because I have the contact with the grass two days, three days, and that's important for the thing about change the game, no? And when I arrive here, is not all new for me, no? That's good.

http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/b_02_nadal_195_epa_g_penny.jpg

linny28grace
06-21-2005, 10:10 PM
awww...i love his rafa english...lots of I don't knows

connectolove
06-21-2005, 10:18 PM
Well done Rafa, that was some match!!!!

Clara Bow
06-21-2005, 10:29 PM
Recently, the dismissive attitudes towards players who excel at clay and the Gasquet vs Nadal threads have engendered negative feelings against tennis again.


Awww...don't let some people's mean attitudes turn you away from the sport. :hug:

But I do agree that I have been saddened by the dismissiveness that has been shown to Nadal and other clay courters (Coria comes to mind) that I have read in some posts. (It reminds me of how I have gotten dismayed in the past by the assertion that Roddick is all serve, when he has other strengths as well.) Just because someone has great defense like Nadal or Coria it does not mean that they are just a mindless "bumrooter" without any tennis smarts. There are different types of talents and strengths that people can bring to to sport, and at times I really wish that there was some more appreciation for these differences.

I wasn't able to see today's match but heard it on the radio at work. Sounds like Nadal did play mostly from the baseline but also wasn't afraid to volley. He slipped a couple of times but I love that he still hustled around the court without being afraid of slipping. I do think that Nadal should not completely abandon his natural game if he wants to do well here, but rather modify it somewhat to enable him to play better on grass. And it sounds like he may kind of be doing that, which is good.

:DYea Rafa for today's win!:D

knight_ley
06-21-2005, 10:37 PM
:lol: Rafa's english always makes me giggle... I hope he never learns it better than how it is now it's so adorable. :hug:

Keep up this great play Rafa! :yeah:

Mimi
06-22-2005, 02:49 AM
me the same, Evelyn, i watched and waited till 2 am without sleep, wanting to see Rafa but the showed only Hernman and Serena :mad: :mad:

how i wish to see little nadal on grass :mad: :mad:
=ataptc]why is starsports showing serena when they can show rafa?![/QUOTE]

ataptc
06-22-2005, 03:10 AM
me the same, Evelyn, i watched and waited till 2 am without sleep, wanting to see Rafa but the showed only Hernman and Serena :mad: :mad:

how i wish to see little nadal on grass :mad: :mad:

well some people who have coverage of both matches (serena and rafa) said serena's was more interesting :(

adelaide
06-22-2005, 03:11 AM
oh the England people. too bad Murray is Scottish :lol:

aw Clara Bow, you take the words outta my mouth. :)

ataptc
06-22-2005, 03:13 AM
Yay for Rafa though :banana: :)

Feli and him are the last on court 13 today. They play against Tomas Cibulec and David Rikl. VAMOS!

alexito
06-22-2005, 03:16 AM
yes rafaaaaaa good job
I like too see you in white.

Mimi
06-22-2005, 03:22 AM
yes serena's match is very tight but they should also show a bit rafa, he is the reigning french open champion, they should show more respect to little nadal :mad: , this bad Starsports :mad:
well some people who have coverage of both matches (serena and rafa) said serena's was more interesting :(

veyonce
06-22-2005, 06:23 AM
yes serena's match is very tight but they should also show a bit rafa, he is the reigning french open champion, they should show more respect to little nadal :mad: , this bad Starsports :mad:

Yup.. I was expecting Starsports to switch to centre court after Serena finished a set... In the end went Wimbledon's website for live match report but must admit their live match report quite informative esp the shot tracker.. Think cos Starsports already shown Tim Henman's match so the next match they have to show a ladies' match??

Don't think there's a way to catch Rafa's full match rite?? Guess have to wait for the highlights this evening. Wonder if they'll interview Rafa..

Don't think Starsports will show today's Rafa's doubles match also?

Björki
06-22-2005, 06:27 AM
Vamos Rafa. Great win yesterday. :woohoo:

soso
06-22-2005, 10:00 AM
Q. Will you wish to have golden shoes from Nike also like Sharapova and Federer?

RAFAEL NADAL: I have my ones (smiling). I have my white ones, and it's okay.

So Rafa has his Golden shoes or not ???


Thank you for your answer !!!!

Carlita
06-22-2005, 10:31 AM
omg!! Nike!! :smash:

Let's turn the tennisplayers into 100 meter runners :rolleyes: Golden shoes! Purleaase! Stick to the white Rafa!! (and so should Federer :p )

soso
06-22-2005, 12:36 PM
omg!! Nike!! :smash:

Let's turn the tennisplayers into 100 meter runners :rolleyes: Golden shoes! Purleaase! Stick to the white Rafa!! (and so should Federer :p )

Carlita i don't understand you :confused:

Somebody can tell me Yes or No (about the golden shoes) ???

THankssss :wavey:

knight_ley
06-22-2005, 01:45 PM
Carlita i don't understand you :confused:

Somebody can tell me Yes or No (about the golden shoes) ???

THankssss :wavey:


rafa's shoes are white.

soso
06-22-2005, 03:06 PM
rafa's shoes are white.

OK lol So He has the golden shoes YES or NO :confused:

Carlita
06-22-2005, 03:19 PM
well, if you read the interview, he says he doesn't have them and that he likes his white shoes just fine :)

nenadeSergio
06-22-2005, 03:47 PM
Yeah, right, white are just fine. Who´d need the same stuff as Sharapova and Federer. ;)

soso
06-22-2005, 08:26 PM
Gracias Chiquitas ! so he don't have this shoes !

adelaide
06-22-2005, 10:52 PM
He won his doubles match with Feli 6-3 7-6 7-6 :woohoo:

he's up 2nd on Court 1 tmrw, right after Sharapova-Karatancheva match. vamos! :banana:

alexito
06-23-2005, 12:25 AM
yes congratulations rafa y feli
this mix spanish and inglish :devil:

linny28grace
06-23-2005, 02:27 AM
I hope they'll actually show his match on ESPN tomorrow! I want to see it soo bad. But one of those William's sisters is playing at the same time :(

ataptc
06-23-2005, 09:50 AM
yay for rafa and feli :) VAMOS for today's match! Please starsports show the match!!

ataptc
06-23-2005, 09:52 AM
Yup.. I was expecting Starsports to switch to centre court after Serena finished a set... In the end went Wimbledon's website for live match report but must admit their live match report quite informative esp the shot tracker.. Think cos Starsports already shown Tim Henman's match so the next match they have to show a ladies' match??

Don't think there's a way to catch Rafa's full match rite?? Guess have to wait for the highlights this evening. Wonder if they'll interview Rafa..

Don't think Starsports will show today's Rafa's doubles match also?
Nope starsports doesnt show doubles matches except for the final.. I thought they would switch to rafa after serena won that 2nd set too! They said 'stay tuned for the nadal match on centre court after this match' but serena spoiled everything by winning the 2nd set :mad: :lol:

Carlita
06-23-2005, 01:39 PM
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Carlita
06-23-2005, 01:41 PM
:lol: oh dear...that looks terrible :haha:

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Carlita
06-23-2005, 01:51 PM
:eek: oh noooooooo Rafa just lost set one 4-6!!!!!!!!!!!! :sad:


vamooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooos :bounce: you can do it :baby:

HybridTheory
06-23-2005, 02:25 PM
Vamos Rafa!!!!!

HybridTheory
06-23-2005, 02:30 PM
Rafa won the second set! :yeah:
Come on now finish it in 4!!

Carlita
06-23-2005, 02:36 PM
:bounce: gogogogogooooooooooooooooo :bounce:

linny28grace
06-23-2005, 02:40 PM
They arent showing his match...stupid Henman had to play! :(

HybridTheory
06-23-2005, 03:09 PM
He lost the 3rd :( 3-6

veyonce
06-23-2005, 03:10 PM
Oh no.... Muller leading 2 sets to 1 set... :eek:

veyonce
06-23-2005, 03:11 PM
Star Sports just shown Rafa winning the first point of the 4th set...

VAMOS RAFA!!!!!!!

Carlita
06-23-2005, 03:18 PM
RAfaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :scared: COME OOOOOOOOON!!!!

don't lose to muller, por favooooooooooooooooooor :bowdown:

tousledbaby
06-23-2005, 03:19 PM
oh my god...i hope he will win...VAMOS

veyonce
06-23-2005, 03:21 PM
It's so nerve wrecking............ :mad:

Hope he can win the 4th set....

tousledbaby
06-23-2005, 03:30 PM
oh no muller got the break.. can anyone watch this match? Whats going on with Rafa?

veyonce
06-23-2005, 03:35 PM
Muller's leading 4 games to 2... Think those in Spain should have live coverage??

http://www.wimbledon.org/images/netcam/large/1/015.jpg

tousledbaby
06-23-2005, 03:40 PM
OH NO 5:3...he will lose :cry:

veyonce
06-23-2005, 03:41 PM
OH NO 5:3...he will lose :cry:

Let's hope he can break Muller's serve..... :sad:

linny28grace
06-23-2005, 03:46 PM
AWWW...POOR RAFI! He gave it a good go tho!

tousledbaby
06-23-2005, 03:47 PM
he lost...poor rafa...but he is still in the doubles...

veyonce
06-23-2005, 03:48 PM
Rafa lost the game... :sobbing:

Hope he will be get a good draw next year..

His next tournament is Copa del Rey Exhibition, Huelva, Spain on 30 June.. It should not be a problem cos it's clay...

VAMOS RAFA!!!!

nenadeSergio
06-23-2005, 03:51 PM
It´s so sad he´s out. :sad: But still we have doubles though I doubt they´ll show it on DSF. :(

linny28grace
06-23-2005, 03:51 PM
he lost and I didnt even get to see one of his matches...stupid ESPN

HybridTheory
06-23-2005, 03:53 PM
Such a pity :sad:

veyonce
06-23-2005, 03:59 PM
he lost and I didnt even get to see one of his matches...stupid ESPN

Me too... Tat sucks!!! :mad:

A pix of him in action not long ago..

http://www.wimbledon.org/images/pics/large/b_04_nadal_120_getty_p_cole.jpg

Iza
06-23-2005, 04:01 PM
oooh Rafa :crying2:

Better luck in the summer clay season!

Carlita
06-23-2005, 04:22 PM
http://www.mysmilie.de/english/green/smilies/sad/img/003.gifDAMNZZZZZ :sad:

nikki-ar
06-23-2005, 04:34 PM
nooo...Rafa...i'm so sad about it....anymay we love you

Björki
06-23-2005, 05:47 PM
:( :sad: two of my favs already lost today.

freesbee
06-23-2005, 05:51 PM
:bigcry: everyone I like lost today :bigcry:

Carlita
06-23-2005, 06:33 PM
aaaaaaaw :hug: Rafaaaaaa!!! oooh I just saw an interview on bbc. His English is improving! But I think it was easier for him now. Just him and Phil Jones, who spoke slow and clearly. No rush, so it must have been less nervewrecking for Rafa!! :kiss: too cute!

Wimbledon is his fav tourney, he loves London, he loves the All England Club and will surely come back and would love to win it one day! :D

LaTenista
06-23-2005, 06:39 PM
he lost and I didnt even get to see one of his matches...stupid ESPN

I second that! What's up with the Wimbledon website not having today's post match interviews posted yet, not a one? Someone on another thread wrote that Rafa said he wasn't having a good day today. :sad: I know exactly how he feels - I got to work late this morning to find out my boss had a family emergency so she wouldn't be coming in and then the hard disk on my PC is screwed so I couldn't even log in and now I will have to wait until a replacement hard drive comes in so I'm stuck using my boss's PC for the moment.

Carlita
06-23-2005, 06:44 PM
It's hot in England too :p Give them some time ;)

ayena
06-23-2005, 06:51 PM
:crying2: :tears: :crying2: :tears: That's so bad.... :awww: :sad:

LaTenista
06-23-2005, 06:58 PM
Wimbledon is his fav tourney, he loves London, he loves the All England Club and will surely come back and would love to win it one day! :D

Best thing I've heard all day. :) Rafa has good taste (being a former resident of London myself)! Thanks for the report Carlita :wavey:

tousledbaby
06-23-2005, 07:01 PM
R. Nadal - Day 4
Thursday, June 23, 2005

Q. What did you learn from today?

RAFAEL NADAL: What happen?

Q. What did you learn?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, today I think he play very good match. I have my chance in first set, in the first game, Love‑40. In the second set, I have ‑ I do the break, but he have chance at 15‑40, I think. After, in the third set, I think I have a very, very good chance for do the break, no? I can't. I have a little bit bad luck in the third.

After, he play very good, no? He play better than me today. That's happen.

Q. Was this what you feared would happen because your game is so clay court based?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I think I am playing good on grass, no? I feel I have good feelings. But, you know, I speak every day, if you find any player when he serve good all match is difficult.Muller today served very good level all time, no? And that's that easy.

Q. Muller said afterwards he thinks because of the way you play, although you fight hard, because you don't serve and volley, you may never win Wimbledon.

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. I think I need improve some things, but I am improving myself. I think when I improve a lot of myself, I can won a lot of matches here, no, because I am fast. I need improve my volley. I need to improve my volley, I need to improve my serve, I need improve my confidence with the game on grass, no? And for that I need play lot of matches.

Q. You looked more comfortable on the Centre Court than Court 1. Did you feel a difference? Any difference with the noise from outside with the Henman game? Did it detract you at all?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't think so, no. Centre Court is two days before. Now is the Court No.1. I think is the same, no? I can won on Centre Court, I can lost on Centre Court. I can won in the Court 31.

Q. What would you like to improve most when you come back for next year?

RAFAEL NADAL: No, I need improve something. I say every day, I need improve my serve and I need improve my confidence in grass because sometimes I have a little bit nervous when I serve because I know if I don't win the game, I can lose the set.

THE INTERPRETER: This is what happens in grass. You have to be able to face up to this, I need to play more, train more. This used to happen to me two years ago on clay. I think that when you are developing, you're evolving, you learn to live the moment.

Q. Does that mean you think it will take two more years before you're comfortable on grass or so?

RAFAEL NADAL: I hope. I hope. I will try (smiling).

Q. Do you have any plans as to what to do now or haven't you thought about it now?

RAFAEL NADAL: I don't know. Now I am a little bit tired. I play a lot of matches last month. I don't have day offs because I play every, every day. I think I need disconnect. "Disconnect" is good? I need disconnect a little bit for recharge the batteries, no?

Q. Your English has improved very much.

RAFAEL NADAL: I study every night two hours (smiling).

Q. You're having lessons or you learn from the circuit?

RAFAEL NADAL: Yes, every day. Every day after the match, I have 20 minutes or 30 minutes. That's my principal lesson.

Q. What is your summer program? Will we see you playing hard courts in the United States?

RAFAEL NADAL: My summer program is I don't know. My summer program is stay in Mallorca now one week. Eight I going to play in Bastad. Week off, Stuttgart. Umag, Montreal, Cincinnati, week off. US Open. China. Davis Cup, if the captains request my presence, my presence of the team (smiling).

tousledbaby
06-23-2005, 07:02 PM
I really like the interview. It's cool, that he tries to learn English.

Carlita
06-23-2005, 07:20 PM
:yeah: he did sound so lovely on that bbc interview as well!!

:scratch: eh..Rafa dear...You can't go to Mallorca just yet!!! Got some doubles to play cariño :lol: :p

adelaide
06-23-2005, 08:48 PM
Nadal Pledges to Win Wimbledon
Thursday, 23 June, 2005

The agony of defeat was clearly etched on Rafael Nadal's face as he strode to the net for the traditional end-of-match handshake with his vanquisher. It remained there as he strode off court to wild applause, waving to the crowd which had taken him to their hearts.

With his shoulder-length black hair held in place by a bandana, rippling muscles, and sleeveless shirt, it isn't surprising that Nadal has set a lot of teenage and matronly hearts pulsating this week. Not since the early 1970s when Bjorn Borg strode the hallowed lawns of the AELTC, has a teenager attracted so much attention.

Nadal, the French Open champion, may well have been disappointed but at no point since his arrival had he prophesised that, even as the fourth seed, he should be considered a contender. In years to come perhaps but not this year. As Nadal himself said before the match, "There are better players here like Federer, Hewitt, Henman and Roddick. Every match here is difficult, and while I think I am playing good on grass, I know every match is different."

But the signs are that he is a quick learner and frankly, there can be little doubt that this 19-year-old from Mallorca will emulate the great Swede and win both the French and Wimbledon in the same year. He could even go one stage further and collect the US Open title, a feat Borg, much to his frustration, never achieved.

Having accepted his fate, the usually fierce looking youngster was all smiles, cheekily admitting that he needs to improve 'some things' and listed them as follows: "I am improving myself. I think when I improve a lot of myself, I can win a lot of matches here because I am fast. I need to improve my volley; I need to improve my serve: I need to improve my confidence with the game on grass. And for that I need to play a lot of matches." He added through an interpreter, "I need to play more, train more. This used to happen to me two years ago on clay. I think that when you are developing, you are evolving, you learn to live the moment."

It wasn't surprising to then learn that he declared in his native tongue, "My ambition now, until the day I die, is to win Wimbledon." That day will surely come.

Written by Henry Wancke



I'm a little heartbroken. Tim and Rafa :sad: :sad: :sad:
If he doesn't win Wimbledon, his soul is going to linger on this earth long after he's gone, I swear.

I love this boy :)

Indie
06-23-2005, 09:25 PM
:sad: that's too bad for Rafa!!!he looked so disappointed at the end of the match!!! but I don't worry about him next year he will have a better and improved grass game and will kick some ass!!! :)

Sugar Kane
06-23-2005, 09:50 PM
Boy, is he ambitious or what?! I can't wait for next year, I bet he'll be practising his grass game like crazy by then :bigclap: And I have this feeling he CAN do it someday. Vamos Rafa :bounce:

*Sk8r_Chic*
06-23-2005, 10:18 PM
I feel so sorry for him :-( but there's always next year...

veyonce
06-24-2005, 01:03 AM
Boy, is he ambitious or what?! I can't wait for next year, I bet he'll be practising his grass game like crazy by then :bigclap: And I have this feeling he CAN do it someday. Vamos Rafa :bounce:

But he needs to practise on grass court rite?? Spain only has clay courts??

Read that Muller's a lefty too..

RogiFan88
06-24-2005, 03:15 AM
pobrecito Rafaelito... but he's already thinking of the hardcourts... and he has his plans to improve on grass as winning Wimby has been a goal of his fr the start! ;)

RogiFan88
06-24-2005, 03:18 AM
Vamos, Rafa y Feli!!!

ataptc
06-24-2005, 03:53 AM
awww poor Rafa. But I'm sure he'll improve with time :) How cute that he's learning English every night :D

However I think he shouldn't be playing so many clay tournaments in the US summer. He should practise more on hardcourts!

Clara Bow
06-24-2005, 04:50 AM
I saw the interview his interview on Wimbledon Plus and if it is even possible, I like this kid more than ever.

He just has the best attitude, even in defeat. And I think that he was actually joking about studying English two hours a night. ;) He seems to have a nice rapport with the press and actually seems to have a nice sense of humor.

However I think he shouldn't be playing so many clay tournaments in the US summer. He should practise more on hardcourts!


I do agree in that I wish he had some more hc experience this summer. It sounds like no hard courts until Montreal?

Castafiore
06-24-2005, 08:37 AM
I went to the BBC site to watch Nadal's interview but I got the message that only UK viewers could view them.
Then I went to the official Wimbledon site to get the message that you need to pay £7 to watch the video's. :rolleyes:

Compare that to the most excellent Roland Garros website where there are lots and lots of video's available. :worship: Sometimes, the French rock and in this case, they do. We got to see all those fun Spanglish interviews with Nadal for free.


Does anybody here know more about his ambition on hard court? I know that he's very motivated to do well in Wimbledon one of these years but what about the Australian Open or other events like that?

tousledbaby
06-24-2005, 09:23 AM
Yeah you are absolutely right Castafiore. I don't like the Wimbledon-website either. The Website of RolandGarros did a great job and it's just a great tournament.
I hope that the interview-videos of Rafa will be free at the US OPEN-page and we'll have fun to watch them.

I think he plays really good on hardcourt. The results are pretty good...I just think of Miami this year. Rafa reached there the final and lost in five sets against Roger. So I think he is motivated for the hard-court-season and has a lot of confidence.

tousledbaby
06-24-2005, 09:25 AM
Don't forget: Rafa will play doubles with Feli today. They will play against Hrbaty/Mertinak. Sooo GOOD LUCK and VAMOS!

Wednesday Addams
06-24-2005, 12:58 PM
I saw the interview his interview on Wimbledon Plus and if it is even possible, I like this kid more than ever.

He just has the best attitude, even in defeat.
I absolutely love Rafa's attitude. I love that he's so hard-working and eager to improve all the time and he has a positive outlook on the future. It's very refreshing. :worship:

And I think that he was actually joking about studying English two hours a night. ;) He seems to have a nice rapport with the press and actually seems to have a nice sense of humor.

:)

Gaelle
06-24-2005, 05:25 PM
Rafa was watching Feli's match this afternoon!!!He lookes really relaxes ans cute as always...

veyonce
06-24-2005, 05:59 PM
Yes, he looked very relaxed.. His legs were propped up against the stands most of the time... Was he listening to music at the same time or was that his earpiece?

Nene
06-24-2005, 06:27 PM
My friend told me he was taking notes,really?He's really cute:)

LaTenista
06-24-2005, 06:44 PM
WTF...I see according to the order of play on the Wimbledon website that the doubles match was a walkover. Anyone know what's going on? As far as I know Rafa nor Feli are hurt. Rafa for one could have really used another match on grass. :eek:

Carlita
06-24-2005, 06:54 PM
Maybe Feli wants to concentrate on singles only??? :shrug:

veyonce
06-24-2005, 07:25 PM
My friend told me he was taking notes,really?He's really cute:)

He was seeing how other players are playing on grass court and to learn some tips from Feliciano. At one point when Feliciano hit a nice shot, Feliciano immediately turned back to look at Rafa as if to tell Rafa that is the shot etc..

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soso
06-24-2005, 08:34 PM
I've seen the game and Rafa looked very serious . they shown him several times and he didn't smiled . not even once...
i sure do hope Rafael wasn't jealous of Feli...

Carlita
06-24-2005, 09:32 PM
:lol: He's always like that when he watches tennis. When he watched Carlos a few months ago he even looked angry !! :lol:

Btw, on BBC highlights they said that Rafa was the one who pulled out of the doubles because of injury. They did not say what was wrong...hope it's not too bad!!

Jennay
06-24-2005, 09:51 PM
Too bad for Rafa! :hug: :awww: He has the determination and mindset to be great on grass. :D It's nice to see him positive. :yeah:

Clara Bow
06-24-2005, 10:52 PM
Posted this in the general forum but thought I would also post here.

From The Telegraph

Rafael Nadal's exertions over the last few months caught up with him yesterday when he withdrew from the men's doubles with a knee injury following his defeat in the singles earlier.

The Spanish French Open winner, 19, had linked well with countryman Feliciano Lopez to win their first-round match earlier in the week but did not want to take any risks on courts that are still relatively unfamiliar to him after beginning to struggle with moving the knee in practice.

ataptc
06-25-2005, 04:22 AM
awww poor rafa :hug: rest well!

veyonce
06-25-2005, 05:21 AM
http://smileys.******************/cat/23/23_15_11.gif Hope it's not too serious as he will play the Copa del Rey Exhibition (with Carlos Moya) in Huelva, Spain next weekend.

When asked about his Spanish team-mate in the doubles competition, López replied "Rafa is a good friend," and that he "is sure to learn from his game yesterday, it will have hurt him".

Wimbledon museum curator Honor Godfrey asked that Rafa leave one of his sleeveless shirts and a pair of his pirate pants. "It's an absolutely fabulous kit and unique, firstly, because he's the first person to wear a sleeveless shirt on Centre Court, and, secondly, because he's wearing pirata," Godfrey said.

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Nene
06-25-2005, 08:46 AM
Soooooo lovely;)

LaTenista
06-25-2005, 01:34 PM
:o Spoke too soon. Lo siento.

Hope the knee injury is minor, I had problems with both my knees when I was 13, physical therapy is no fun :sad:

I'm glad the reason wasn't Feli not wanting to play or Rafa being discouraged and wanting to leave as the rain set in at Wimbledon.

ataptc
06-25-2005, 04:32 PM
Wimbledon museum curator Honor Godfrey asked that Rafa leave one of his sleeveless shirts and a pair of his pirate pants. "It's an absolutely fabulous kit and unique, firstly, because he's the first person to wear a sleeveless shirt on Centre Court, and, secondly, because he's wearing pirata," Godfrey said.
awww! that is so cute :D

ataptc
06-25-2005, 04:33 PM
:o Spoke too soon. Lo siento.

Hope the knee injury is minor, I had problems with both my knees when I was 13, physical therapy is no fun :sad:

I'm glad the reason wasn't Feli not wanting to play or Rafa being discouraged and wanting to leave as the rain set in at Wimbledon.
Knee injuries are scary shit. Glad you're alright now :hug: And hope rafa's isn't serious too!

linny28grace
06-26-2005, 03:05 AM
Yes, he looked very relaxed.. His legs were propped up against the stands most of the time... Was he listening to music at the same time or was that his earpiece?
He was listening to music....at one angle you could see his CD player

Nene
06-26-2005, 08:20 AM
I'm scared...injury,stay away from him!!I really hope so

veyonce
06-27-2005, 02:20 AM
Telegraph
27 June 2005
By Sarah Edworthy

What a funny article... ;) I don't mind washing the shorts... lol...

Shorts taken in

Result! Rafael Nadal's shorts will go down in history. Following an appeal made by Radio Wimbledon on behalf of the museum, a plastic dirty laundry bag was surreptitiously dropped into the studio at the weekend. Inside were a pair of Nike Dri-Fit, 100 per cent polyester, GB size 31-33" white shorts, made in Taiwan - complete with grass stain and black felt-pen autograph.

"I've never seen anyone so interested in a pair of dirty shorts," laughed the station editor Steve Butterick, triumphant in procuring the cool Spaniard's pirate shorts for curator Honor Godfrey.

Each year Godfrey collects a time-capsule box of notable items from players. Last year she obtained the outfits worn in the finals by Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer. Number one on her 2005 wish-list was Nadal's kit, particularly the below-the-knee shorts, as they were a length last modelled by Sidney Wood in 1927.

She plans to wash Nadal's shorts by hand, taking care to keep the autograph and stain intact. The fabric would deteriorate faster if left sweat-soaked. They will be on display in the museum later in the summer.


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veyonce
06-27-2005, 02:24 AM
Knee injuries are scary shit. Glad you're alright now :hug: And hope rafa's isn't serious too!

There's still quite a lot of up-coming tournaments too... Hope he won't over-strain his knees especially the hard courts tournaments are coming up...

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ataptc
06-27-2005, 05:33 AM
thanks for the article! :lol: at Godfrey!