Well Rafa has never been ultra buff chest wise anyway. Think the angle in the wetsuit photo isn't the most flattering and he's bending in the shirtless one which makes the comparison difficult. But really he has a huge left arm but he's not totally ripped. Undoubtedly lost some muscle definition as only so much that gym work and swimming can compensate for I guess, but still, I'm choosing to believe the AO shirt changes will be as good viewing as always.
Gilles and Gael are great friends and have grown up together. This article is from a while back but they still talk about each other the same way.
"Gilles Simon adores Gaël Monfils who is himself a huge fan of Gilles Simon. It's a real friendship, not just one created to look great in the media. It wasn't faked when Gaël Monfils gave Gilles Simon a big cuddle in the corridor of the locker rooms yesterday to congratulate him to have joined him in the 4th round. The fact that Gilles Simon was his next opponent wasn't going to hold back his surge of affection. "And one second later they were teasing each other like little brats", Tulasne says with delight. It's the story of a friendship marked by humour which started when they were kids. Monfils was wearing big round glasses and kept challenging Simon, by 2 years his senior, to matches although he got a beatdown everytime. Simon was a puny boy (Gaël: "so short, so skinny"), amused by the nerve of the greenhorn. The two friends will face each other for the first time on the tour today. He who laughs last laughs longest..."
The headline is Gaël: "Gilles is my 'chouchou'" - Gilles: "Gaël is a great guy"
chouchou means something like "my pet" or "my darling"
These Pico + Nadal pics are giving me life. If only it were true, I would be an even bigger Nadal fan. I hope one day the world gets an openly gay male player who has the talent to contend for Slams. I'd be happy to see that.