Rafael Nadal – a year in pictures
Photographers Clive Brunskill, Julian Finney and Matthew Stockman from Getty Images, and ATPTour.com’s Peter Staples were asked to share their favourite photos from a memorable 2019 tennis season. Check out their favourite pics of Rafa.
Indian Wells 2019: “Rafa serving with the shadow of his strings accross his face. This pic can only be taken on center court during the first 10 to 15 mins of the first match on court in the morning and you need a left-handed player plus a very long lens!” – Clive Brunskill
Indian Wells 2019 QF win vs Karen Khachanov – Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Monte Carlo 2019: “This is one of my favourites of 2019. It’s very unusual to get this type of shot and in this light! Rafa was lobbed and he turned to sprint back looking up at the ball. I’m just glad I was on a short lense so that I managed to also get the shadow and ball in!” – Clive Brunskill
Rome 2019: “Another behind the scenes images, this time showing Rafa Nadal preparing for his semi-final match at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, where his first tournament victory of 2019 came. I’m always amazed how high he jumps and how close he allows me to get. Thanks Rafa as it makes an amazing photo!” – Clive Brunskill
Roland Garros 2019 – Peter Staples/ATP Tour
Roland Garros final vs Dominic Thiem – Jullian Finney/Getty Images
Roland Garros 2019: “What can we say expect marvel at Rafael Nadal’s efforts on the clay of Roland Garros. The emotion after 12 titles is at the same as when he won his first.” – Clive Brunskill
US Open 2019: “19th Slam title for Rafa, who is moving in fast on great rival Roger Federer’s record of 20. This image says it all for me after the probably the best US Open final I’ve seen in the last 25 years!” – Clive Brunskill
Laver Cup 2019. “I think this is the selfie of the year! Shot on the banks of lake Geneva of Team Europe.” – Clive Brunskill
Nitto ATP Finals. Rafael Nadal poses with the ATP Tour No. 1 trophy, celebrating his fifth finish as the top player. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
I call Rafa my lucky player. No matter what point I walk into his matches, he always makes me a cool shot. I’ve been very lucky over the years to get to know Rafa very well and do many exclusive photo shoots with him around the world and in his native Mallorca. He’s one of the greatest athletes I’ve shot in my 38 years shooting all sports and one of the nicest super stars on the planet.
Source: ATP Tour