While the former world No. 1 was savouring the victory of his favourite team, Real Madrid, against Manchester City in the Champions League, the tennis planet was spinning in circles outside tennis courts. It will be question of love, underwear and atypical rankings.
Rafael Nadal's week
This week, Rafa had a long chat with the magazine Vanity Fair, and the Spaniard didn't pull any punches, especially concerning his immediate future: "I don't know how long I will keep playing tennis..."
It is true that it’s not a secret for anybody anymore. Suffering from Hoffa’s syndrome, a problem that affects his patellar tendons, the lefty is working hard to get back to competition, a process that could take a few weeks at best, and at worst we’d have to wait until 2013 to see “The King of Clay” on-court again. And for how long? "Maybe another five years, I will be 31 then. Taking into account the fact that I started at 16... Who knows?"
His Monday night in Italy
Nadal and Vanity Fair spent a lot of time together this week. After a long interview published earlier this week, Rafa spent his Monday night at the Italian Embassy in Madrid, where he was named "Man of the Year 2012" by the Spanish edition of the magazine to reward his seventh title at Roland Garros, but also his "talent" and "intelligence". Andy Murray must be delighted…
A Champions League Tuesday
Whilst still on the injury list, Rafael Nadal went for a night out in the stands of the Santiago Bernabeu to watch his favourite team, Real Madrid, take on the might of Manchester City. A beautiful evening for him, too, as the Merengues squeaked a last-minute victory, 3-2
An American present
When he’s not in a football stadium or on a massage table, Rafael Nadal spends his time receiving signs of affection. Recently, the U.S. ambassador in Madrid gave him a flag of the United States. A gift, a bit patriotic but original. No doubt this gift will find a place in the Majorcan’s trophy room.
A little golf to buck up
It's nice to get better physically, but you still need to have fun. Between two sessions of physio, Nadal improved his golf swing. And he's the one who posted this beautiful picture of his form on his Facebook page. “Practicing the only sport the doctors allow me to play :) Who wouldn’t here?”
he wrote in the caption of the photo.
In the meantime, in the rest of the world...
Photo: Murray and his sweetheart
Since he won a Grand Slam, Andy Murray is not the same man in the tennis world. Everything he does now is of interest to the plebs. This is the price of fame. This effect is multiplied in the UK, where the Scot is a true icon. In London, for the Burberry fashion show, where he was seated next to Anna Wintour, Vogue's big boss, Murray and his girlfriend Kim Sears were the ones who made the front page of tabloids. A couple of true lovers.
The glamorous tweet
On the women's tour, there is the sweet Maria Sharapova and there are the others. The tall blonde attracts the limelight like a magnet, leaving little for her compatriots; a situation Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova well understands. This week, the player posted on her Twitter account her new look with a bandana. It’s far from the pictures of the great Maria. Style is something you have to work on after all.
Baghdatis said “I do” to Sprem
The world of tennis is a microcosm. Everyone knows everybody and inevitably, couples emerge. Recently, it was Karolina Sprem and Marcos Baghdatis who said exchanged vows in July in France, but the photos are just arriving on the WTA website. A wedding that delighted the player as she declared: "It was incredible. The wedding took place over several days with lunches, dinners and parties, and it was close to my hometown, it was beautiful. We had about a hundred people there, our family and our closest friends
." Ah yes, and the player also ended the suspense. "On the wedding photos, it’s hard to see, but I'm huge! We are expecting a little girl next month
The delicacy of the week
A Scottish retailer has decided to take advantage of Andy Murray’s new profile; by marketing a chocolate bar in his name. It was Judy Murray, mother of the Olympic and U.S Open champion, herself who posted the picture on social networks. Yummy…
The video: Woznicaki’s secrets
Caroline Wozniacki was world number one. Since then, she’s been having a hard time getting back on track in the rankings. It doesn't matter too much though as to keep herself busy the Dane has just launched her own brand of underwear. And as you are never better served than by yourself, she provided her own customer service. It gives a sexy video where you can discover a little more of the divine blonde... A session simply called "This is me
Redfoo's tennis passion
Not content to sell records with his band LMFAO, Redfoo sympathizes with Victoria Azarenka and is contemplating the launch of his own line of tennis clothing. Even better, he has the project of creating a new tennis tournament in Las Vegas. And to raise the media awareness of it, the guy said in the columns of the Sun Times that he was coaching a young unknown in Las Vegas: "I try to have the same approach as Phil Jackson
(former NBA coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Editor's note). I tell her very vague things such as the way of thinking on the court. She’s very good at self-analysis
." Truly, an extensive program…
Jelena Jankovic is now single
After Maria Sharapova, it’s the turn of the brunette Jelena Jankovic to abandon the married life and return to celibacy. The Serbian people magazine Scandal revealed the information. While the Serbian seemed to have found true love with water polo player Mladan Janovic, he has been seen on the arm of another girl. Beware a woman scorned…
The ranking: 1134
His name is Walter Strauss. He's French, and is not a tennis player but a tennis coach. Yet, this man just won 5 ATP points by participating in the latter stages of a Challenger tournament. An unusual experience that he discussed on French radio: "It's a coincidence. Last week, a friend asked me to take part in the qualifying rounds of the Pétange Challenger, in Luxembourg. The level wasn’t very high. I beat a local player. That's how I got 5 ATP points. It’s a great opportunity for me, at 32. Today some people have already asked me:' ‘So, are you going to charge us more for private lessons now?’”
By Mathieu Faure