Rafael Nadal Gossip
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Paris. Roland Garros. Where Rafa has ruled for a decade. Rafa is King. Was king? No one knows yet if that moment will become THE moment, the kind of moment when everything changes. And he’s certainly not talking like he wants it to become that particular moment. But it’s hard not to think that way. So this is where I’m starting today because I would have gotten yelled at for ending the day with it yesterday, his birthday.
Rafa was gracious afterwards. He’s been kicking Novak’s ass for almost 10 years on red clay. Following Novak’s convincing victory though, he declared that his opponent is “probably in the best moment of his career”. So that’s what Andy Murray’s dealing with tomorrow. A note on Andy Murray though – and something to read for everyone, not just those of you who follow tennis.
Andy is the first superstar male athlete to work with a female coach, Amelie Mauresmo. He has endured ridicule for it. He has been criticised for it. He has had to defend it. Click here to read about his partnership with Mauresmo…and what a Mauresmo-Murray championship would mean.
Yours in gossip,
Rafael Nadal and girlfriend Xisca Perello were at a wedding this weekend in Spain. Cuuuuuute! I love him! I love them! Rafa is enjoying some down time before he prepares for the final slam of the season, the US Open. Mostly they care about the title, but he and Novak Djokovic are #2 and #1 on the tour and the tournament will likely also determine who’s on top to end 2014. Full Story
This one is for my cousin Cat who loves Rafael Nadal. When she was pregnant with her second son last year I kept telling her to call him Rafa. In the end she went with something better to go with her first son Sasha. Marcel! How cute is that? Sasha and Marcel! Anyway, Cat's Rafa. Full Story
TIFF normally starts slowing down after Monday. The schedule is typically front-loaded and journalists don't stay through to the end. This year, the closing night film is Life Of Crime, based on The Switch by the recently deceased Elmore Leonard, starring Jennifer Aniston. Because of this, I know several reporters who are actually leaving mid-week only to return for the weekend. So that’s the advantage of triangle-avoidance scheduling?
I had to watch it back on PVR last night when I came home, even though it was after 1am. Do you ever have greatness extinction anxiety? Like every time two greats meet, you worry it won’t ever happen again?
Two greats did not meet last night at the TIFF premiere of August: Osage County. Meryl called in sick so it was on Julia to carry the responsibility. Read Full Intro
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8 times Rafa... The only man to win the same major 8 times... RAFA! But it was a foregone conclusion after Friday’s match against Novak Djokovic, right? I was watching -- and screaming -- at work. As soon as he hit that shot between the legs, everyone had to know it was over. Rafa was destined. Full Story
It’s been a rough several months for Rafael Nadal. There was that knee injury. And then a stomach virus that kept him from the Australian Open where, SPOILER ALERT, Maria Sharapova dominated Venus Williams today and when I first read the headline I thought it said Serena and I almost tripped. Full Story
Rafael Nadal was named Man of the Year by Spanish Vanity Fair. There was an event the other night in Madrid to celebrate him. He wore a tux and looked very handsome and as relaxed as he could be on such a formal occasion. Yesterday Rafa was not relaxed. Yesterday Rafa watched the Champions League first round between Real Madrid and Manchester City and, well, he was euphoric at the end, certainly, but during the game Rafa was as intense as he gets for his own matches. Full Story
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On clay. This is for my cousin Cat who loves Rafa so much, with a lot of stress, and probably didn’t sleep well last night thinking about this morning. It turns out the rain delay helped him. He came out hard today, finishing off Novak Djokovic in the fourth set, despite being down a break when they suspended the match yesterday. Full Story
This is for my cousin Cat who has also been training for the Boston Marathon after qualifying last year in under 3 and a half hours HOLY SH-T. Just 3 more weeks, right? And then you promised - take it easy!Anyway, Cat loves Rafa. Which means she’ll be watching him this weekend at the Sony Ericsson Open. Full Story
I have been up for way too long. Why is Australia so far away? Was watching the Murray-Djokovic semi-final at the Australian open, a sick 5 setter that resulted, ultimately, in a Novak win just about an hour ago. And he will meet Rafael Nadal who defeated Roger Federer yesterday. Well that’s not a bad first Slam final of the year, non? You know me - I am for Rafa, always. Full Story
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For my cousin Cat and all of you, and thank you for your emails, who love the Rafa posts and photos...Check out Rafael Nadal with his longtime gf “Xisca” at the Juntos Por La Integracion charity gala organised by his foundation in Barcelona last night. I love her. She is SO cute. Sometimes I worry though that they’re too young to have been together for so long. Full Story
For all you Rafa lovers out there, including my cousin Cat - he looks F-CKING HOT. I thought about throwing this up on LifeStyle only without posting it to the homepage but then I took a closer look at how great he looks in these pants with the white shirt and, well, that needs some time on a front cover, you know? Full Story
The US Open starts on Sunday. And my cousin Cat’s birthday is on Monday. AND she loves Rafael Nadal. So this is a Rafa tennis post. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Rafa is in New York being all cute with the children and promoting his Armani underwear thing. I may be the lone voice in all of this but... I don’t get jizzy over men underwear ads. Full Story
The US Open starts on Sunday. Night tennis! I have a strong sense of attachment to the US Open. It’s back to school anxiety and excitement. It’s end of summer bbq and always a big blowout of a party before getting ready for a new year. Here’s Rafael Nadal yesterday at Letterman in advance of the tournament. Full Story