Someone really needs to work on his poker face.

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bluemathilde shared some pictures her parents took at a Rafa practice session – see the Storify below. Her mom was a bit embarrassed to see some double handed backhand photos in the batch and felt bad about worrying people by saying he hadn’t hit any.

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  • The final of the Rafa Nadal Tour is about to start! The finalists got to enjoy dinner with Rafa.
  • Rafa filmed a commercial today.
  • People enjoying the PokerStars video.
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So, for what was that fun bluffing lesson preparing Rafa? Two upcoming poker competitions.

Rafa vs The World

This will consist of two one hour tournaments where Rafa will play against a team of players from around the world – maybe even you. Join the ‘Rafa vs The World’ Zoom table on September 22 at 19:00 CET and on October 14 at 20:00 CET. For every hand won, PokerStars will donate $50 to the charity Care International.

Much like the last online tournament he took part in, Rafa will be answering questions during the sessions. Send in your question by tweeting with the #askrafa hashtag.

Rafa vs Ronaldo – The Duel

Next up will be a duel with retired footballer Ronaldo at 19:00 CET on November 6. The winner will receive $50,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice, and the competition will be webcast live at PokerStars.tv!

Read more on the PokerStars site.



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Rafa’s bluffing skills are certainly improving! Check out his progress in this video from PokerStars.

The looks on those poor folks faces when fake smoke started! I would have been bleeped mightily.



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First up, Spain lost their play-off Davis Cup tie with Brazil and they will not be in the World Group next year. It’s far from ideal and it must be frustrating as heck for new coach Moya, but injuries and scheduling problems kept the top players away. Spain has 13 players in the top 75. It’s difficult to imagine them not being in the World Group, but that’s tennis…and, more importantly, that’s Davis Cup. The team competition has a way of pushing players and enabling them to score big upsets. This weekend, Bellucci was that player for Brazil. Let’s hope Spain can work their way back into the world group for 2016.


Toni Colom tweeted a picture of a newspaper article in which he says some things about Rafa. Genny translated the parts she could read.

He was a kid different from those his age. He had very clear what he wanted to achieve in tennis. He was very docile & adopted without problems every piece of advice his uncle or myself were giving to him. At 16, he seemed to have the maturity of an athlete at the end of his career. Besides his head, he also had good raw materials: he was competitive, a physical prodigy & lefty. He showed signals, but by then it was impossible to imagine he was to achieve what he has achieved to date. During those years I learnt a lot from him & from his uncle Toni.”

Toni Colom thinks it’ll be difficult that the Spanish tennis has another player like Rafael Nadal in a near future: “First of all because Rafa is unique and unparalleled. He grew up (tennis wise) in a golden age where many factors came together. And secondly, because now with the crisis, everything is more complicated for the kids who are starting. There is less support, less tournaments & funds, and all that makes it all more difficult.” Toni’s also praised the Sevilla Challenger (being played this week) where Rafa won his 1st ATP point in 2001.

Thanks, Genny!

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Sorry for the lack of updates lately. The project at work that kept me from going to Cincy and the US Open is coming to a head and I’m working long hours. The few times I’m not working, I don’t feel like being at a computer.



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