- It’s Hard to Be King: Rafa’s Wimbledon Woes (via The Changeover)
Nadal has always cast himself as the underdog – sometimes to the point of absurdity, and it has served him well. But as he faces the next wave of brash fighters looking to push him to the sidelines, he will have to fight them off just as Federer held him off for so many years. While he may be able continue his dominance at Roland Garros for a while, and even on the hard courts, Wimbledon is where he will feel the pressure the most. It will be interesting to see how Nadal handles the challenge – but, if history is any example, he’ll figure out a way.
- ‘Nadal es el mejor competidor del mundo’ (via El Mundo)
¿Quién es su tenista favorito de la actualidad? Nick Kyrgios: “Diría que Federer, es el modelo perfecto. Tiene un tenis impecable y es el mejor de todos los tiempos. … Es una pregunta difícil. ¿Entre Novak y Nadal? Probablemente Rafa. Me gusta su forma de pelear cada punto. Nunca puedes darle por muerto. Es el mejor competidor del mundo.”
- Rafael Nadal Set to be Awarded ‘Illustrious Son of Mallorca’ Award (via seemallorca.com)
Although being knocked out of the tournament may have been a bitter pill to swallow, the tennis star is due to be recognised for his professional and personal achievements by the Consell of Mallorca, with its highest honour. The Consell wants to praise Nadal for being one of the best ambassadors for Mallorca around the world, promoting the Island as a sports and tourist destination wherever he goes. The decision to put him forward him for the award was unanimous, and although it needs to be approved, its believed that it will go ahead. The award is expected to be presented at some point in November this year.
- Twitter abuzz after Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal’s surprise Wimbledon exits (via express.co.uk)
The Upbeat Barometer also showed Rafa Nadal was a big talking point after his crushing defeat at the wildcard teenager Nick Kyrgios, ranked 144 in the world. 75% of Brits took to Twitter to discuss the game with ‘the best tennis shot ever’ occupying almost a quarter (23%) of all tweets.
- A Visual History of the Tennis Headband: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and More (via Vogue)
There is something strangely alluring about the way tennis player Rafael Nadal ties his bandana. “He wears it as if he is going into battle,” one of my colleagues noted, and she has a point: Consider the loud Nike logo prominently displayed across his forehead and a warrior-style knot in the back. And true to form, Nadal does seem as if he is preparing for war when he steps onto the court—his style is aggressive and ferocious, just like his bright and bold choices of hachimaki-esque headgear.
- Who Would Win if Matches Were Decided on Twitter? (via Tennis Now)
- INFOGRAPHIC: In men’s tennis, how big are the Big Four? (via widgets.scmp.com)
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