Rafael Nadal just announced he will not be competing in Dubai so he can rest the ligament he strained under his knee in Rotterdam. He is, however, looking to compete in the Spain vs. Serbia Davis Cup tie:
I am very disappointed not to be able to compete in Dubai but the doctor has advised me to stay home and rest after the pain on my knee in Rotterdam last week. Nothing to be worried about but it needs some rest. I ask my fans and the tournament organizers to understand and I am sorry for this. Dubai is one of my favorite tournaments and I have always played there. The field is always great and more important the crowds are always supportive. I expect to be back in competition the following week for the Davis Cup tie in Benidorm against Serbia and then traveling to Indian Wells and Miami after.Not completely unexpected but it's certainly another big blow to the tourney after Roger Federer's withdrawal and all the controversy surrounding Shahar Peer + Andy Ram.
In other Rafanews (thanks to Maja) the world's top baller was spotted working some pretty red colors (a great choice for him BTW) on some pretty red clay courts and standing by a pretty red sports car shooting another commericial. And guess who tagged along? Xisca, of course. Do they always have to look SO cute? Damn you Rafisca!
Now that I think about it, there's really nothing else for a massively famous, laid up athlete to do besides make a boat load of dough off-court. I'd like that option please. *begs and pleads*
Anyways, which version do you like best: Sporty Rafa, Casual Rafa, or Anything Rafa?
(images via bauer griffin)