Google Down the Line!: PHOTO OP: Rafa looking completely engaged in Abu Dhabi pre-event presser - so what's new?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

PHOTO OP: Rafa looking completely engaged in Abu Dhabi pre-event presser - so what's new?

Rafael Nadal, who had fun with some fans at the Palma de Mallorca airport before taking off for Abu Dhabi yesterday, was spotted looking his usual engaged self at a pre-event presser for the Capitala World Championship.

It seems the Spaniard would rather be anywhere else on this New Year's Day, but I'm sure the appearance fee (and the possible $250K for actually winning this thing) will make everything MUCH better.

What the hell is Rafa thinking now???


(image via KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)


  1. If Rafa trying to eat his hand wasn't freaky enough, the direction the tip of his ring finger is going is giving me the creeps.

  2. Rafa's bendy fingers are legendary. Not only his ring finger, ALL his fingers can bend every which way; there are tons of pics showing it.

    He actually has exactly the same hands as his paternal grandfather, who is a musician and an orchestra conductor.

  3. I read on his website that he spent nye on the plane. I have to say I kind of love this scruffy unshaven just got out of bed look. The hand gnawing is a bit strange though - the guy is seriously lacking in any self consciousness.

    *thinks back to the exposure of his ass-ets*

    That's not always a bad thing!

  4. LOL. I hadn't seen your post when I posted Rafa pics at my site. Love that we picked the exact same ones.

  5. ahaha! the 2nd one down of nadal and fed in one pic is cracking me up :P

  6. Nadal's press conference pics are always hilarious. The different expressions on his face always remind me of Mowgli, from The Jungle Book, not Ashlee Simpson's baby, of course.

  7. Awww, too adorable again. I'm thinking jetlag, too.

    The hand eating is kinda weird, but then: wouldn't it be much creepier if he were just plain perfect?!

    And I love when he plays with his hair.

    The Mowgli comparison is kinda true! And OT: What is wrong with that Simpson woman?! Naming her child Mowgli? This is so mean. Wanna be funny, Ashlee? Why not name your child Bart? :\

  8. C Note: Shit happens!

    anon 1:27 - Yes his pressers are classic just because of his facial expressions. I'd love to be in there just once.

    Sonja: The finger biting is just one of his lovely nervous tics like the wedgie picking. Mowgli is so gross - celebs live in their own world so I guess all their strangely-named kids will all hang with each other. Then, their names won't seem so strange anymore..."Mowgli meet Apple..."

  9. I'm sure I had something tangible to say, but his lips on the second to last one have my mind whirling.


  10. b2012: that's my fave one too...he looks 4

  11. LMAO he does look like Mowgli in the second picture! It's too cute.

  12. I do agree that he looks oh so interested in being in Abu Dhabi as the rest of them, but they know that the money will get shorter in this credit crunch year, so they have to take what comes their way.


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