RG: Furious, Fired Up Rafa


I will apologize for my rantings ahead of time.. I'm not a writer & hardly do these but today I felt compelled really to speak my mind.
There are so many emotions going through me right now.. I always get so overly emotional and drained at Roland Garros even when Rafa is playing fantastic & I know he has a great chance of winning. It is a place very dear to me. It's a place that Rafa gained so much & suffers so much because of it. I know in his heart this is the most dear tournament to him. It is the first slam he won & it really sets the tone for him for Wimbledon, USOpen. What happened today was in my eyes a travesty. To me and to many others Roland Garros officials didn't make the right call. In stopping the 3rd set from even starting. Ive received a few tweets about Rafa having a temper tantrum on court about the rain. Saying things to the affect of "There are two players on court" "Rafa needs to adjust" "Djokovic adjusted better".

Question is why did Rafa/Nole need to adjust to rain? In any other sport when the weather was like today's in Paris, you stop play. In soccer/fuball you are dealing with a ball that does not absorb water. In Baseball it's the same. What other sport demands their athletes to adjust to these kind of conditions?

In tennis, In Rafa's game on clay, he uses his top spin to win matches. That is his game. The rain didn't affect Djokovic the same way because he plays flat. (no spin). The ball is heavier nonetheless but when you take away Rafa's biggest weapon how do you call that fair? Rafa was up to sets to love, the rain starts to come down consistently & Djokovic finds a resurgence?  according to his parents (see video below) they have a very different story.

Rafa clearly was upset with the tournament official saying " always the same with you " could be the reason Uncle Toni was upset at the whole situation & said "Puta".  I don't blame him at all, at least he wasn't on a car topless, grinding swinging a shirt & singing!

All I want is Rafa to play in a fair, safe environment. Where he can play his game without constant distractions because the balls are huge and soaking wet. All these opinions & pointing fingers at Rafa just got a little too much for me today.. and all I can remember is one of my favorite American President speech on athletes & the criticism they face. Until Tomorrow Rafaholics.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt

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Novak Dkokovic's father Srdjan Djokovic blames rain delays, Uncle Toni on coaching. Calls son better than Rafa.

via by vamospormasrafa

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