fortis focus: rafa nadal, his girlfriend, his friend, his clothes

On Saturday, Rafa Nadal lost to buddy and countryman Carlos Moya at The Fortis Tennis Classic held at the Hurlingham Club in West London. Here are some photos:

Nadal’s girlfriend, Francesca “Xisca” Perello, watched him play.

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A closer look at his Wimbledon attire. I like the orange stripe on the Nike track jacket.

Click here for a picture of their trophies…

short balls NADAL edition: vid of him in bed with moya, his wimbledon wear, etc.

Here are some juicy bits and pieces on Rafael Nadal:

His grass garb: Last week we showed you Federer‘s grass season outfit by Nike, so now we’re showing you Rafa’s — that’s it, above. What do you think? Tell us! (via tennisnuts.com)

He holds yet another record: Along with his “longest winning streak on any surface” (81 matches on clay) add this: Nadal been ranked No. 2 for 98 consecutive weeks, the longest in the open era that any player’s been No. 2 without reaching No. 1. (via Orgs & Markets)

A shirtless showdown with Moya: Just watch the video below. ‘Nuf said.

(Note: this is a glimpse into his friendship with Carlos Moya, as described in Rafa’s French Open ATP Blog.)

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Roger and Rafa: in blue on the terre battue

For the French Open, Nike has dressed both Rafael Nadal and Roger Feder in the same Nike palette.

I prefer this color on Roger. The red version of the shirt wasn’t doing him good. And the blue/white version of Rafa’s shirt is better than the blue/black, which they’ve given back to Carlos the Cursed and poor James Blake (WHAT is going on with that blouse?!).

Which color do you prefer on Roger — red or blue? Tell us.

From left to right: Nadal, Federer, Blake, Moya

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woe is carlos moya

carlos moya - roma

Poor Carlos Moya, throwing his racket down in frustration during last week’s Masters Series Rome. Is it because:

a) he lost his first round match against Marcos Baghadatis 2-6, 3-6

or

b) he came to the party dressed in the same Nike outfit as three other gals.

I’m going to say “b.”

I understand that Nike is trying to drive a point home with this line of clothing. But having four different guys photographed in it has crossed into oversaturation. If I was Carlos, I’d be annoyed. Actually, I’d be more annoyed if I was James Blake or Gael Monfils. They had to play each other in the first round while wearing the same outfit.

(And this is just the black/white version we’re talking about. Rafa Nadal has the monopoly on the teal/black version for now.)

amer delic - roma gael monfils - roma james blake - roma

(left to right: Amer Delic, Monfils, Blake)

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moya and nalbandian: exhibition

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I just love this photo… it captures the things I love about the perfect tennis match: carving out an intimate setting amid all the hustle and bustle of the city, getting the crowds up close and personal (though I don’t know about sitting on the ground next to the sidelines), and having two of top players in the world duke it out.

The exhibition was set up to promote the ATP stop in Buenos Aires (Feb. 18-25).