Wimbledon: Middle Sunday practice photos

There may be no matches taking place on Wimbledon’s middle Sunday, but there is still practice. Here are some lovely photos from Rafael Nadal’s practice session!

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38 thoughts on “Wimbledon: Middle Sunday practice photos

  1. Margo

    WOW…Kyle Edmund of England has been branded a “cheater”.

    At his match vs Djokovic the umpire claims he didn’t see the ball bounce twice nor that it was outside the line. Nole questioned the point awarded to Edmund. A replay of the shot showed Nole was correct. And fans were booing Edmund. And of course social media had its say in the questionable behavior of Edmund. Very fitting that he lost.

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  2. Fan love

    VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) 😉 🙂 🙂 : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SOLID NINE , 9 , ACES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WI……..WI……..WI……SENIOR CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WE KEPT SMILING AND SMILING AND SMILING AND AT SOME POINT I TURN TO MY HUSBAND AND ASKED IS IT SEVEN OR EIGHT ACES? HE SAID IT IS NINE AND HAD THE BIGGEST SMILE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) 😉 🙂 VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )THE WAY YOU HANDLE YOUR SOLID, BRILLIANT AND EFFECTIVE SERVE IS MIGHTY IMPRESSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) ; ) : ) : ) ; ) YOU HAVE TOP…… TOP……. TOP…….. BEAUTIFUL, WELL AIMED SERVE SWEETHEART & IT IS SO INCREDIBLY GENUINE, AND SIMPLE, AND HEARTFELT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE WHEN YOU SERVE AN ACE, OR NO ACE, ………. MAKES NO DIFFERENCE BECAUSE IT IS SO NICE HOW YOU PUT YOUR WHOLE HEART IN EACH SERVE ……. IT IS MAGNIFICENT PLEASURE TO WATCH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ARE BRILLIANT ON GRASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) VERY VERY VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY YOUR GREAT SWIFT WIN SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IT WAS AN EXCITING MATCH & WE REALLY LIKED THE GREAT UMPIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS AND WAS KIND AND PROFESSIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) THE WAY YOU PLAY ON GRASS IS UNBELIEVABLY SUITABLE TO YOUR EXPRESSIVE, POWERFUL TENNIS STYLE AND THE WAY YOU SO BEAUTIFULLY AIM WITH YOUR SERVE………AND THE WAY YOU RETURN……….MOVE………SLIDE………..REACH…………CREATE NET MAGIC………..RUN……COVER THE COURT………….AIM FOR CORNERS……..AND MIX YOUR CHOICES IS ALL OUT OF THIS WORLD EXTRAORDINARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WE HAVE MENTIONED SIMILAR SENTIMENTS BEFORE, BUT WITH EACH MATCH YOU MANAGE TO BRING SO MUCH BEAUTY AND CLASS AND FORCE AND INTENT AND DELIVERY SO YOUR ENERGY AND PASSION IS ALWAYS EXCITING AND NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) CI……….CI……….CI……….: ) IT IS CLEAR YOU ARE HAVING FUN SWEETHEART & THAT IS BRILLIANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) SO IN SHORT…….: WE LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR BEAUTIFUL SPARKLY MATCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOUR COMMAND OF THE COURT FROM A TO Z WAS VERY VERY VERY SPECIAL…….: ) YOU ARE INCREDIBLY CREATIVE TENNIS GENIUS DEAR RAFA AND EACH POINT YOU PLAY IS AS BRIGHT & PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE YOU AND LOVE THE WAY THE CROWD ADORES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IT IS ALWAYS SO LOVELY TO WITNESS YOUR SPORTSMANSHIP………ALL A CLASS BY ITSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART & ENJOY YOUR AMAZING FABULOUS EFFORTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ): ) : ) HAVE LOTS OF FUN CELEBRATING WITH THE TEAM AND ENJOY YOUR STUNNING VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) HAVE A VERY NICE EVENING AND A LOVELY BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) SENDING LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS SWEETHEART & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) KEEP SMILING! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

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  3. Susie

    Delighted with another straight sets win and that Rafa has a place in the quarter finals. All opponents now will be tougher but Rafa is looking really good so i hope he goes much further. Well done!!

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  4. Welcome to Quarters Rafa. Now since you make finals every time you makes quarters, I hope you keep that trend going.
    VAMOS for the next match n keep serving the way you served in the first two sets today
    All the very best

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      1. Hey Susie, sorry for not being active here recently. The leg is getting better ,right now on crutches so difficult to do regular works bt trying to keep up with it.

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  5. Maria(England)

    Congratulations Rafa, if only we had this hot weather other years who knows how many more Wimbledon’s you could have won. Good luck in the quarter finals.

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  6. Susie

    Ahh Tim Henman has been saying great things about Rafa since the beginning of the tournament. Cmon Rafa – Tim and everyone here has your back. Get yourself into the quarters!!

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  7. Fan love

    OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) IT IS A GREAT MONDAY & A BEAUTIFUL TIME FOR PLAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WI……..WI…….WI……..VAMOS SWEETHEART !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE YOU & VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) HAVE LOTS OF FUN SWEETHEART & ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IT WILL BE A GREAT MATCH FOR YOU AND POINT BY POINT WE WILL BE ENJOYING IT ALL WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ; ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) WE LOVE YOUR SUNDAY PRACTICE PHOTOS – BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) HAVE A GREAT TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) SENDING LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) KEEP SMILING! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

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  8. Maria(England)

    Good luck today Rafa a win is a must as England isn’t ready to let go of you yet, Roger’s had an easy ride and I really couldn’t bear another year of him and Serena taking the title at Wimbledon ( yawn) . Everybody is wanting an exciting final and that can only happen if your in it, and I’m only happy to put up with this heat for another week for you and your game Lol

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  9. Elaine Crowder

    Does anyone know if the documentary is available in Australia,

    as I too would like to see it.

    I can imagine it is superb.

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

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  10. Dallas in Wisconsin USA

    May I please comment on Rafa’s practice pics? Oh my. Look at those guns! I was missing him play today and these awesome pics helped A LOT. Too bad Wimbledon doesn’t allow sleeveless. Vamos Rafa on Monday.

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  11. Lorna

    Thanks Maria. Yes, i’m missing Rafa and tennis in generall today. I really enjoyed the documentary about the evolution of Rafa & Roger and the chance to relive those emotional moments of the 2008 Wimbledon final. I remember being on the edge of my seat throughtout the match. To me, it was a well made documentary with a lot of thought given to how their friends, family, coaches and other famous rivalries would feature in it. I agree with va4favre about the subtitles (had to rewind a couple of times), but apart from that it was great!

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    1. Susie

      Lorna – i must have super sonic vision as i could read the subtitles. Lol. But i agree – a very well made programme which i really enjoyed

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  12. Maria(England)

    On BBC 2 tonight UK time 6.20 a documentary- strokes of genius is being televised about Rafa and Rogers 2008 Wimbledon final, just in case you are missing seeing Rafa today 😀

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      1. va4favre

        Maria, Susie, Let me know what you think of it? I saw it last Sunday on the Tennis Channel. The scenes from the match and the early shots of Roger and Rafa were great. Rafa and Uncle Toni are interviewed in Spanish with subtitles which were hard to read. Also, I thought there were a few too many experts, but still worth seeing.

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      2. Maria(England)

        Hi Va4favre, I’m watching it at the moment, seeing a lot of Roger at the mo quite surprised at how angry he used to get , didn’t Know he was like that , reminds me of Zverev, makes you realise how special Rafa is.

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      3. Maria(England)

        Va4favre, it’s just finished and I really enjoyed it, from seeing the footage of a young Rafa and Roger, their family and the other great rivalries that have been and gone. It has to be the greatest match ever and although Roger has won Wimbledon 8 times the only match that stands out and is remembered is the one that Rafa won, absolutely brilliant 😁

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      4. Susie

        Oh what a fabulous programme – an in depth look at both their early lives whilst at the same time, keeping the 2008 wimbledon final on the agenda. Hadnt realised that roger was such a racquet smasher. Also what a fab uncle and coach Tony really was. Thought it was fab

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      5. Maria(England)

        Hi Susie, did you see Rafas’s interview when he came off the court yesterday, he was so sweet and funny when he said well England is it coming home out not lol . Well Rafa hopefully next Sunday it will be and the Wimbledon title will be going home with you .

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      6. Susie

        Hi Maria. Yes i saw the straight off the court interview and i think Rafa endeared himself to every English tennis and football fan by saying that. They even showed it on the highlights programme and everyone was impressed. What a guy!!

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    1. PUMA

      What an observation Maria makes: Of all the RF presences at Wimbledon, it is not his 8 victories but the 2008 final between him and Nadal, won by Rafa that is cited as the best match ever.

      Wamos Rafa, you are the best ever!

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    2. jas_uk

      Hi Maria, Susie, va4favre – I watched it today on BBC2 and thought it was really good. I thought the filmmakers kept a good balance between Rafa and Roger, even though Rafa won the match. It was a celebration of Fedal more than anything.

      McEnroe talking about Borg was lovely and I liked Charly Moya saying he could beat Rafa in practice but in a match it was different!

      Maria, yes the footage of young Fed reminded me also of Zverev, wanting to be better than he currently can be and getting frustrated.

      I just like that this doco exists because these two great players both deserve to be recognised. I think too that it’s good it was made while Rafa and Roger are still active players – it might have been just an exercise in nostalgia otherwise, but this rivalry is still ongoing and their comments were very interesting to hear.

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