Today - yes, this very day - Rafa's bath spills over onto the internet with his new PokerStars advert where the King of Clay takes on pillow fight runner-up Lucia Arroyo in a heads-up tussle online. It's a match on a level playing field, albeit a playing field that involves a bath, a library and good Wi-Fi connections. (You can play PokerStars on mobile devices, just in case you didn't know.)
"I play on PokerStars because I love competition - the battle of minds, and that is what this advertisement is all about," said Rafa Nadal.
Too right, Rafa. It's just a shame you couldn't hero-fold those aces.
What you've just seen is a sneak-preview of the 30 second advert which will hit TV screens around the world over the next couple of weeks (although for most it's 8 April). To coincide with the advertising campaign, PokerStars is also launching a deposit bonus for new players. Eligible deposits will be rewarded, by PokerStars, with extra funds added to player accounts. Keep your eyes open for that one, too.
Rafa vs. Lucia - PokerStars.com via Pokerstars
Rafa has begun training for the EU Clay Season!
Since returning from his knee injury in early February, Nadal is 17-1 with a tour-leading three titles after his big win at Indian Wellls. Rafa will take a 14 match win-streak into Monte Carlo where he’ll bid for a 9th title starting on April 14.
Because Nadal has so many points to defend from last year, it’s unlikely he’ll move higher than No. 4 in the French Open seedings.
Here’s Rafa’s clay season schedule:
- April 1 – Off
- APril 8 – Off
- April 14 – Monte Carlo
- April 21 – Barcelona
- April 29 – Off
- May 5 – Madrid
- May 12 – Rome
- May 20 – Off
- May 26 – French Open
Practice footage & Interview (Spanish)
New Nike Men's Summer Vamos Rafa T-Shirt are available only at Tennis-warehouse Europe. These are for the clay season in the EU. So for all us US Rafaholics.. if you want these you will have to pay for the high priced shipping. I'll keep my eyes open if they become available internationally!
Check out CNN's Open Court Interview with Rafa!
"I'm positive but not arrogant"
On March's edition of Open Court, Don Riddell sat down with current World Number 5 Rafa Nadal to talk about his comeback and the importance of ROLAND-GARROS.
Catch the full interview on Open Court at the following times
Thursday 21 March at 0930 GMT / 1030 CET and 1630 GMT / 1730 CET
Saturday 23 March at 0730 GMT / 0830 CET and 2100 GMT / 2200 CET
Sunday 24 March at 1630 GMT / 1730 CET
Saturday 30 March at 1630 GMT / 1730 CET
Sunday 31 March at 0730 BST / 0930 CET and 2130 GMT/ 2330 CET
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If you are on Youtube I recommend following TennisOnlineHD they post full matches of not only Rafa's matches but of all ATP/WTA Players. Check them out & Subscribe! :D
Rafael NADAL vs Juan Martin DEL POTRO - ATP INDIAN WELLS 2013 (Final) - Part1 Full Match HD
Rafael NADAL vs Juan Martin DEL POTRO - ATP INDIAN WELLS 2013 (Final) - Part2 Full Match HD
Rafael Nadal Becomes Just The 20th Player In ATP History With 600 Match Wins
ATP PLAYERS WITH 600 OR MORE MATCH WINS
“I don’t have a lot of doubts that if I am healthy and if I am right I have a chance to win on these surfaces,” Nadal said. ”Beating three Top 10, three very important players, and win title like this is just something unbelievable for me.” “Seriously, it’s impossible to have better comeback, no? Happy for everything.”
- Nadal makes a stunning statement with brilliant win over Del Potro at Indian Wells - DailyMail
- Indian Wells: Nadal d. Del Potro- TENNIS.com
- Comeback maestro Nadal wins at Indian Wells- Reuters
- What knee issues? Rafa rules again- ESPNTennis
- Rafael Nadal wins hard-court title- ESPN
- Rafael Nadal silences doubters, rallies to beat Juan Martin del Potro for Indian Wells title-SI.com
- Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martin del Potro in Indian Wells final -BBC
- NADAL MAKES MASTERS 1000 HISTORY; NOTCHES 600TH WIN - BNPParibas
- Rafael Nadal cements return with Indian Wells triumph over Del Potro -NDTV
- Rafa Nadal wins the hard way at Indian Wells -PokerStars
- The Return of the Persistents -SteveTignor
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Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Sony Open that begins Monday in Key Biscayne, Fla., to rest his left knee.
He won the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday at Indian Wells, Calif., his third title in four tournaments since returning in February after seven months off with the knee injury.
"I'm very sorry for the organization of the tournament and I'm very sorry for the fans, but we never thought we'd be able to play all matches possible since I came back," Nadal said after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in three sets.
"The doctors recommend me to be back home for a few weeks and rest a little bit and keep practicing the right way. I need more power on the left leg quadriceps, so I need to keep working hard. The competition is hard for the body, so after four fantastic weeks I can't go to Miami. I need to prepare and rest for the next one."
Sony Open tournament director Adam Barrett says he's disappointed that Nadal won't be competing in Miami.
Nadal says he next plans to play on clay in Monte Carlo in mid-April, followed by two tournaments in his home country of Spain _ Barcelona and Madrid _ and then Rome.Adam Barrett, Tournament Director, Sony Open Tennis
"We are disappointed to hear the news that Rafael Nadal will not be competing in Miami this year, especially given his strong results since his return to the Tour. He is a tremendous ambassador for the game and has thousands of adoring fans here in South Florida. We wish him well and hope to see him back in Miami next year."
On COurt Interview
Trophy Presentation: DelPo & Rafa speech
On COurt Interview & Highlights via TennisTV