Thanks to DtL reader Sonja for tipping me off to the latest Rafael Nadal news!
The world's top baller, who flew straight to Melbourne after winning doubs in Doha, is featured in TIME magazine this month.
According to his site, the feature article called "Nadal's New Spin" discusses his personal life, game, and people who surround the world's top baller.
Unfortunately the link to the actual story on his site isn't working but I'm doing some research and will post it once I find it.
In the meantime, here's some behind-the-scenes footage of Rafa's photoshoot for the issue. If you enjoy long camera shots focused squarely on the Matador's bronzed face, flowing locks, and sexy, broad shoulders then you might enjoy this video. Might.
UPDATE - Read the full article here - thanks anon! A couple of interesting points from the piece:
* "After studying the exotic wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, Charles Darwin surmised that animals can develop unique traits when they evolve in isolation. In the tennis world, Rafael Nadal is such an animal." - I love this analogy since it plays against the picture of his personal life he describes as down-to-earth, ordinary, and low key.
* Rafa's quote "I've always liked the competition more than the tennis."
* Uncle Toni working on flattening out his forehand. I don't believe it will be a complete change but part of mixing up his shot selection on that side. It's always good to have options on either side and overall.
* "Better now is Rafael, he is No. 1 in the ranking. But who has the best game? Federer." That's a brutally honest assessment from Uncle Toni, eh?
* Is Rafa, his handlers, or both pushing his image to mimic Roger Federer's? The article makes it sound like a combo platter. Bad move IMO - discuss!
(image via rafaelnadal.com)