Category Archives: TENNIS

Sloan Stephens Added to List of ‘Gun’ Tweeters

I’m really not sure what is going on with our athletic heroes…with this country on edge about guns, gun violence, gun regulations, gun control and daily headlines covering senseless shootings…why are we seeing professional athletes sending out tweets which seem to glorify guns?

As mentioned in previous posts, Roy Williams (former NFLer) and current NFL player Shawn Phillips, both sent out some not-so-nice Tweets which included gun emoticons and ‘cute’ little quips about shooting people.

And today, tennis sensation Sloan Stephens sent out this beauty to her 60,000+ twitter followers:

Is it too much to expect our sports ‘heroes’ be a bit more sensitive to…this issue? Last time I checked, sensitivity training was still in play? What about a publicist?

And what about the parents who lost children in the Newtown shooting? Is it unreasonable to think maybe one of them found a bit of respite watching Stephens beat Serena Williams, then began following her on Twitter and then Bang Bang in their news feed?

Just something to think about…that’s all.

Delinda

*Note* As of today, Feb.7, the tweet has been removed. Sloane got class! Thank you girl~

Andy Roddick To Host 2013 Celebrity Golf Tournament

The Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) will host its inaugural celebrity golf tournament April 14-15, 2013 in Austin Texas. The tournament will take place at the Spanish Oaks Golf Club, lauded by Golf Digest as one of the top courses in Texas.

Roddick caddied for Zach Johnson during the Par 3 Contest prior to the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia, where he appeared to be…terrified? Granted Andy is king of making crazy faces but this one is priceless. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Many of Roddick’s friends – professional athletes as well as entertainers – as well as other high profile personalities will participate in the event. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great performers and athletes over the years, and we’ve been able to support each others’ efforts to make a difference in our respective communities. I’m looking forward to many of them joining me in Austin for this first-ever event,” Roddick said. Continue reading

Djokovic and Sir Richard Branson to Host Pro-Am on Necker Island

Novak Djokovic, Bob and Mike Brian, Mark Philippoussis and other tennis hotties have confirmed their participation in the forthcoming shin-dig/Pro-AM Sir Richard Branson is throwing on his private island-home, Necker Island, (British Islands) December 9-13.

Fans can play the pros or you can just go for the parties…The tennis event will use a handicapped scoring format to make it competitive for all tennis levels. Teams consist of one pro and up to two amateurs. Teams compete to win their Bracket and earn a chance to play in the Necker Cup Final!

 

Each evening will end with a unique cocktail and dinner experience concluding with an “End of the World” awards dinner, party and auction on Dec. 12 at Rosewood Little Dix Bay where the Legends Tennis Camp participants will have a chance to meet with Sir Richard and mingle with the past and current tennis stars. One hundred percent of all donations from the auction will directly benefit the local BVI community, Virgin Unite, the National Tennis Foundation, Novak Djokovic Foundation and other ATP and WTA player charities.’

See you there? DETAILS HERE.

As always,
Thanks for reading.
Delinda

Rafael Nadal in Seventh Heaven

Congratulations to Athlebrities’ favorite tapa, for winning his record-setting seventh French Open after defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5) in their rain-delayed final to break a tie with Bjorn Borg for most titles won in the clay court major.

“Having this trophy with me is unforgettable,” Nadal said during the trophy presentation after the match. “It’s one of the most special moments in my career…This tournament is, for me, the most special tournament of the world.” Continue reading

Nadal and Real Madrid Host Charity Tennis Match

In celebration of the 110th anniversary of Real Madrid, the Real Madrid Foundation and Rafael Nadal will host a charity tennis match to benefit both of their charities.

The event, to be held on July 14 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, is also attempting  to break the Guinness record for most people at a tennis match-a title currently held by the 35, 681 people who attended a match between Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in July 2010.

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More info as it becomes available.

As always, thanks for reading~
delinda@athlebrities.com

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Rafael Nadal Tennis Lessons Net $380,000 for Elton John AIDS Foundation

The 20th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $5.25 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Attendees at the Sunday night gala included Steven Tyler, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, Dave Grohl, Smokey Robinson, Ian Somerhalder & Nina Dobrev, Adam Lambert, Mischa Barton, Billie Jean King, Brooklyn Decker, Kyle MacLachlan, Lorraine Bracco, Ted Danson & Mary Steenburgen, Mena Suvari and a million others. Continue reading

Rafael Nadal: His New Mansion in the Dominican Republic

“8:30 in the morning!!! Just finished passing a surprise antidoping test……it was expected after everything……but I’m happy it’s like this!” –Rafael Nadal

If you’ve been out of the drama-loop in relation to our favorite tapa, the reigning king of all things vamos, Rafael Nadal, the worlds number two tennis player recently rallied with the French about puppets, doping, commercials, etc. You can read the all the dish HERE…in the meantime, the Nadal headlines today center on his new home in the Dominican Republic. Continue reading

Djokovic-Nadal Epic Australian Open Final

Sensational action this morning coming from that crazy Serb, Novak Djokovic. Djokovic was victorious over our tapa Rafael Nadal in the mens final match of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament and afterward he respectfully brushed off Nadal with a little palm-tickle handshake.

Djokovic won the championship 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 before ripping-off of his shirt ala Hulk and howling at the stands. Continue reading

Rafael Nadal Children’s Charity Foundation Visit

Rafael Nadal Children’s Charity Foundation Visit

Tuesday, Rafael Nadal said he was looking forward to something special: ”Tomorrow I’ll have a dinner of my charity foundation, today I went to visit one of the projects that we sponsor (Children’s Villages) Paz Vega, Freddie Highmore and Nastassja Kinski thanks for your interest about my project:). ”

The extraordinary 10 Time Grand Slam Champion was accompanied by his mother Ana Maria Parera as they visited Nadal’s Children’s Charity Foundation on Wednesday, which it was one of his dream project sponsors at Children’s Villages in Barcelona. Continue reading

Andy Roddick Gives Good Tweet

Andy Roddick Gives Good Tweet

While researching the 6th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Charity Gala (September 21, 2011 to include cocktails, dinner, a live auction and an intimate performance by Sir Elton John) I was sucked into Roddicks Twitter Feed after I noticed him retweeting like it was his last day on earth. It started with one ‘update’ he sent to his 719,000+ fans around the world:

“We will never forget…… I am a proud American.”

And after that, Roddick literally retweeted hundreds and hundreds of some of the messages he received in response from fans around the world…and it made for a beautiful read.  Granted, many athletes were sharing 9/11 messages-but Andy seemed to be the only one retweeting and not watching football (thank gawd).

For those not sucked into the Twitter void yet, here’s a small sampling of the messages Roddick received and retweeted for all to read:

Your friends in Canada stand with you today to join in remembering heroes of 9/11 and thanking and blessing the USA.

 I’m from Brazil and I stand with you and your country. God bless the USA. We will never forget.

 Many in Honduras, as I have, either worked or studied in the US, we are all together with every American on this anniversary!

 Japan is with you Andy, we will never forget.

 Hi Andy. Its 11pm here in the Philippines but I’m still watching CNN to remember 9/11. Filipinos are with you.

 We here from Kuwait take the hats off to all Americans, what a great nation!

 Condolences from Pakistan for all the victims of the horrendous tragedy of 9/11.10 years down the line – we will never forget!

 Horrible tragedy will never be forgotten all over the world… I am Ukrainian. I don’t want this to happen again.

I am from Venezuela and together we stand I am proud to live in the United States We Remember.

 Hi Andy. I’m here at Saudi Arabia, watching Al Jazeera to commemorates 9/11 attack. What a great nation you have.

 Fuerza from Peru. What happened 10 years ago is difficult to forget. I’m sure all the world is with America today #9.11Tweet

 Thought are for 9.11 from South Africa

 From Chile our thoughts are for all the American people this 9/11

 Prayers from Scotland. The solidarity of your nation is so admirable on 9/11. Difficult times. Stay strong all x

The messages to Roddick keep coming from the Netherlands, Scotland, Columbia, Uruguay, Indonesia, Israel, Dubai, Ecuador, Czech Republic, Vietnam, India and Algeria…essentially giving me reason to believe that twitter really isn’t such a bad thing after all.

As always, thanks for reading~
delinda@athlebrities.com

In 2001 Andy began the Andy Roddick Foundation, a charity dedicated to “Serving Children Today for Tomorrow.” The goal of the Andy Roddick Foundation is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all children based on the principles of respect for family, education and morality. To date the foundation has raised more than $10 million.

Returning The Love With Rafael Nadal

Returning The Love With Rafael Nadal

The US Open has done a sensational job of ‘Returning the Love’ via their Ben Stiller video. I, however, feel that Rafael Nadal’s Armani commercial would be much better suited to post for this Labor Day weekend, because, well-why not? He’s given plenty back to charity and continues to ‘return the love’ even when scantily clad.

From the US OPEN:

    Nadal came through again, joining 30 kids from The Child Center of NY, a Queens-based organization that helps thousands of at-risk kids throughout the borough, in a 10 and Under Tennis clinic after the US Open draw ceremony. Despite rain pouring down right before the planned outdoor event on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Rafa delighted every kid in the place with an impromptu hitting session inside SmashZone, the popular interactive fan attraction at the US Open.

    For some of the kids, the first time they picked up a racquet was the same day they went one-on-one with Rafael Nadal.

    “Thank you very much,” Nadal said to the children as they lined up to hit, smiling as he swatted a few trick shots over the net with the foam balls designed for the QuickStart play format.

    “Good job by all you guys. You should be very proud.”

Have a save and happy holiday weekend kids.

As always, thanks for reading~
delinda@athlebrities.com

Boris Becker Visits Haiti With Laureus

Boris Becker Visits Haiti With Laureus

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.” –Nelson Mandela

Boris Becker and his wife made headlines recently in the UK’s Daily Mail, which did an exceptional job of posting photos of Mrs. Becker in her swimsuit and a one-liner about the couple’s recent trip to Haiti.

So, picking up where they left off, Athlebrities will fill in the blanks for you. Becker, a Laureus Academy Member and Ambassador Sabine Christiansen were in Haiti visiting a new Laureus-supported soccer project.

The project which centers around the building of a new soccer school, is being developed from the ground-up in an area directly affected by the devastating earthquakes that hit last year. The venture is being supported in collaboration with the Haitian Football Association.

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“I’m very impressed by the concept of the school being built here. The money is being used wisely and is a great example of an investment that can really help the kids from Haiti,” said Becker after playing soccer with a group of local kids.

Laureus is composed of three core elements: the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Collectively they celebrate the extraordinary achievements of athletes past and present and harness the power of sport to promote social change.

I couldn’t possibly cover all the good things Laureus is doing in the world or list all the celebrities and athletes who support them. For example, Academy Member and very much alive skateboard legend Tony Hawk was in London recently visiting the fantastic Laureus-supported ‘Fight for Peace’ boxing project in North Woolwich.

Get more Laureus via WEB. FACEBOOK. TWITTER.

As always, thanks for reading~
delinda@athlebrities.com

Andre Agassi & Crystal Meth

Andre Agassi & Crystal Meth
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There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful – and I’ve never felt such energy.” Andre Agassi on his first taste of crystal meth.

Yes, tennis legend Andre Agassi admits in his forthcoming book ‘Open: An Autobiography’ that he used crystal meth during his playing career…Excerpts from the book are surfacing quicker than nude photos of Tom Brady would…Agassi, referencing an assistant by the name of Slim, writes:

    “Slim is stressed too … He says, You want to get high with me? On what? Gack. What the hell’s gack? Crystal meth. Why do they call it gack? Because that’s the sound you make when you’re high … Make you feel like Superman, dude…As if they’re coming out of someone else’s mouth, I hear these words: You know what? Fuck it. Yeah. Let’s get high…Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I ease back on the couch and consider the Rubicon I’ve just crossed…There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness. Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful – and I’ve never felt such energy…I’m seized by a desperate desire to clean. I go tearing around my house, cleaning it from top to bottom. I dust the furniture. I scour the tub. I make the beds.”

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More from the book when Agassi received a call from a doctor working for the ATP, telling him he had tested positive for drugs:

    “There is doom in his voice, as if he’s going to tell me I’m dying…And that’s exactly what he tells me.  He reminds me that tennis has three classes of drug violation…Performance-enhancing drugs would constitute a class 1, he says, which would carry a suspension of two years. However, he adds, crystal meth would seem to be a clear case of class 2. Recreational drugs, that would carry a much lower suspension of three months. Agassi goes on to tell how he continually lied to the ATP: My name, my career, everything is now on the line. Whatever I’ve achieved, whatever I’ve worked for, might soon mean nothing. Days later I sit in a hard-backed chair, a legal pad in my lap, and write a letter to the ATP. It’s filled with lies interwoven with bits of truth…I say Slim, whom I’ve since fired, is a known drug user, and that he often spikes his sodas with meth – which is true. Then I come to the central lie of the letter. I say that recently I drank accidentally from one of Slim’s spiked sodas, unwittingly ingesting his drugs. I ask for understanding and leniency and hastily sign it: sincerely. “

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The ATP accepted Agassi’s version of events and the rest, as they say, is history…and I, for one, am on the fence about this whole ‘admission’ thing…why now? Is Andre that afraid that his book would sit on the shelf collecting dust without some sort of ‘oh god no’ moment? He certainly doesn’t need the money…was he fearful that a toothless tweeked out Slim would resurface after publication and claim Agassi didn’t fully disclose everything? And why in the world would you admit to biting the ATP hand that fed you all those years? Dear god, is the next excerpt going to be about you doing lines off Brooke Shields bum…come on Andre, what are you DOING? After spending years to establish your Foundation one of the most respected and successful events EVER, I can only hope you grab on to the backlash headed your way and send some hefty donations to various drug-recovery programs across the nation…

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

DEL POTRO UPSETS ROGER FEDERER

DEL POTRO UPSETS ROGER FEDERER

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I believed in myself but now I can’t believe this has happened to me. I wanted this tournament so bad, for so many years.” Juan Martin Del Potro after winning the U.S. Open

I don’t even know where to start with this one…but how about the headlines: Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina celebrates after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the Men’s Singles final on day fifteen of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 14, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Del Potro defeated Federer 3-6, 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

Going into the Final, most assumed Roger Federer would win. Including R-Fed himself…not to sound redundant or anything, but this is his pattern. I’m not gonna go on a rant about how he expects to win just because everyone says he will, once again, you gotta practice and you can never underestimate your opponent. In this case, a 6’6” stud from Argentina.

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“I don’t know what to say about this,” del Potro said. “It is the most amazing thing, it is the most crazy feeling to have…of course when I came closer to winning the match I knew my dream was coming nearer and I was nervous. But I believed I could do it because I have played very good tennis at this tournament and I just focused on continuing like that.”

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Del Porto is beautiful in every sense of the word…beautiful because when he won, the last thing on his mind was the $1.8M purse…I know I’m not the only one who thinks sportscaster Dick Enberg needs to apologize to Del Potro. As Dick was explaining the spoils of his victory to him, precious Potro repeatedly asked Dick if he could say something in Spanish…Dick ignored him- instead focusing in on the prizes…eventually, Del Potro asserted himself and was able to say what he wanted with tears in his eyes. A beautiful moment for Del Potro, and a major career tarnisher for Enberg. The favoritism given to Federer was also nauseating…just read the body language in the above photo. Nough said?

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I’m not quite sure what it was that Del Potro said in his native tongue, but according to my ears it was something along the lines of: “I try for so long to make a date with this crazy red-headed blogger, now I feel prepared she will say yes, no? As I give her the greatest gift a man could-the US Open trophy I earned from Federer…”

“This one is easy to get over just because I’ve had the most amazing summer and a great run,” Federer said. Oh, have fun getting over it Roger Federer but judging by the look on her face last night, I’m not too sure Smirka feels the same way.

Congratulations to all 6’6” of gorgeousness named Juan Martin Del Potro. You won with class, eloquence and skill. We see you now~

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Arthur Ashe Kids Day with Will Ferrell

Arthur Ashe Kids Day with Will Ferrell
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Will Ferrell is at it again…the philanthropic funnyman joined tennis players Andy Roddick, James Blake, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and others for the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.

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The fan-friendly event, which was founded 14 years ago, featured a performance from Jordin Sparks and some humorous antics on the court including a mixed doubles match featuring Kim Clijsters and James Blake taking on Ana Ivanovic and Devin Britton with Will Ferrell calling the shots as the chair umpire- dressed as Blake, wearing a headband and bald wig. Priceless. Simply priceless.

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Later…Ferrell, Roddick, Williams, Sharapova and Federer participated in a target-hitting contest to raise money for their respective charities…by the end of the contest, a total of $67,000 was raised, with $10,000 benefiting the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network…the NJTL was established in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder to develop the character of children through tennis and education…looks like they’re doing one hell of a job too. Video highlight of the event on YouTube.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Rafael Nadal Heats Up Vogue Magazine

Rafael Nadal Heats Up Vogue Magazine

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I’m not very brave about anything in life. In tennis, yes. In everything else, not very.” Rafael Nadal, Vogue magazine, June 2009

It was less than a month ago that our Spanish delicacy, Rafael Nadal, landed in Time magazine as one of their most ‘influential’ Heroes & Icons…now, Rafa has made his way into the June issue of Vogue magazine, where journalist Gaby Wood penned a great interview and famed photographer Bruce Webber snapped some mouthwatering images of our beast during the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Gaby’s article is fantastic, perhaps one of the best I’ve read in relation to Rafa. She captures his essence and persona perfectly while giving us a glance of Rafa’s closely guarded inner circle…and she definitely knows how to capture the reader’s attention and libido: “…I make my way over to the practice court,” she writes, “Rafa is shirtless, sweat streaming down his front, the deep thwacking sound of his inhuman forehand filling everyone’s ears…”

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We learn that our Tapa enjoys fishing, golfing, going to the movies, and spending time with his girlfriend. We learn that the humble words he speaks transcend the court- opting to fly commercial instead of using private jets…and he speaks highly of nemesis Roger Federer, “He’s one of the greatest tennis players in history, if not the greatest. But the thing that makes you improve isn’t any individual—it’s the demands of the sport itself.”

Gaby also asked Rafael how he felt when he saw Federer crying in Australia. “Well, a bit odd, no? I didn’t really know what to do. I felt sad for him. Those are difficult moments when you’re living through them, but over the years they become moments that both he and I will be able to look back on fondly—they’re emotional moments.”

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I had my own emotional moment as I read about his pre-match rituals: “He’ll sleep between seven and nine hours, then have a plate of pasta for breakfast…just beforehand, he always has a (gulp) cold shower; then his physio, Rafael Maymo, helps him put on all his tape…”

But perhaps the most enlightening thing we learn about Rafa is that he’s in dire need of a visit from Delinda: “Being home alone at night makes me a bit nervous. If I’m at home alone I have to sleep on the sofa—I can’t face going to bed. I’m there with the TV on and all the lights on…”

Rafa also speaks of his new foundation, which aims to educate underprivileged children all over the world. “I’d like to help people who don’t have enough to live on,” he says, “I’d like to help everyone I can.”

I don’t know about the rest of ya, but Rafa has certainly helped me decide where I’m spending my summer vacation. Vamos our little ‘Rafalet’, va-mos.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Will “King of Clay’ Ferrell & His Tennis Match for Charity

Will “King of Clay’ Ferrell & His Tennis Match for Charity

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“I’ve been called the Ricky Hatton of tennis-from what I’ve heard- cuz I’m quick and I like to drink a lot.”

Will Ferrell is popping up at charity event so quickly I can barely keep up with him…last weekend the funnyman took on tennis legend Mats Wilander for the K-Swiss Global Tennis Showdown in L.A. to benefit the Swedish School of Los Angeles. All in all, the event raised more than $50,000 for the school…

There are three videos on Youtube from the event…and each has been viewed less than 2000 times. This particular video is great because whoever filmed it laughs contagiously throughout…but the sad thing is, although the event raised a lot of money, it could have raised a lot more. If you watch the video, notice how many empty seats there are. Why? This event cost less than a night out at the movies, and you could have actually met Ferrell, bid on some silent auction items, filled your belly with some delicious barbequed treats and enjoyed a performance by the Dan Band.

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If you missed this charity event featuring Will Ferrell, fret not. Ferrell is an all around athletic-talent and will be showcasing his golf skills on the greens for the Cancer for College event this September in San Diego. I’ve gone every year to support the event, which provides scholarships to cancer victims. And every year, Ferrell has gone above and beyond to ensure everyone in attendance gets a little TLC…and seriously, I don’t want to get another email asking me how I get to meet so many celebs-  I’ve been pointing you all in the right direction for a long time…and today, I’m pointing all Will Ferrell fans to the Cancer for College website for more info on how you can attend-but you gotta act fast, the event has sold out every year and this year will be no exception. I better see ya there.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Rafael Nadal One of the Worlds Most Influential People

Rafael Nadal One of the Worlds Most Influential People

Time Magazine has released their list of the World’s Most Influential People, and its gives me great pleasure to announce our tapa, Rafael Nadal has made the list. Rafa is sitting comfortably at #71 under the ‘Heroes & Icons’ section…joined only by two other athletes: Tiger Woods and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.

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The explanation as to how Rafa cracked Time Mag’s 100, was beautifully written by someone who should also be on the list, Serena Williams.

    ‘I have never seen such tenacity, such ambition, such fight and such honor go into every shot as when I watch Rafael Nadal. I want to be like him. The attitude he exudes the moment he walks out on the court is the attitude of a true champion. A champion whose desire to win is the same as the desire of a lion to eat. Stalking his prey with force and speed, Nadal, 22, has already become one of the game’s all-time best…What is so unusual about Rafa (which is what he likes to be called) is that unlike many of his fellow Spaniards, he can dominate on all surfaces. He has never lost a match on the French Open’s clay, but he also has a Wimbledon title to his name, as well as one from the Australian Open. This year he’s the only man able to go for a true Grand Slam. What makes him so good? I think it’s that he’s the hardest worker. The last one to leave the court, the first to arrive. The one who falls asleep studying, the first to rise. It’s not easy being a champion; you don’t just wake up and — bam! — you’re No. 1. It takes work, effort, desire, dedication — all qualities that Rafa has. I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am far off.’

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Oh Serena, you hit the nail on the head and I am especially grateful for the ‘lion stalking its prey’ visual…next match, I plan on using body paints to transform myself into ‘prey’ before prancing across the court. Serena also points out something I’ve been saying for years- Rafa is the hardest working babe in tennis. He doesn’t just wake up and expect to remain at number one without putting every once of his effort into it…

Rafa is in good company in the top 100 (which includes Obama, Oprah, and Clooney…) Obviously, Tiger Woods is a staple on just about every list around, but not many people know of Manny Pacquiao. The beast is currently rated by the Ring Magazine as the #1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world, is actively involved in politics, is rumored to be the subject of Sylvester Stallone’s latest film venture and is set to take on British boxer Ricky Hatton this weekend. Pacquiao’s profile in Time was written by Lennox Lewis and can be read here.

As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com

Rafael Nadal, Sweaty Towels and His Foundation

Rafael Nadal, Sweaty Towels and His Foundation

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Fantasy Friday is in full swing…and today’s tasty treat hails from Mallorca, tastes better than any tapa I’ve had, and has been busy making history while promoting his Foundation. No doubt my Rafa readers are well aware that our Spanish beast is vying to follow up his fifth straight Monte Carlo Masters trophy with a fifth straight title at Barcelona. I can almost hear a collective ‘Vamos’ coming from the crowd…

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Nadal and Spanish former tennis player Manolo Santana exchanged rackets at the Barcelona Open a few days ago…Santana gave Nadal the ‘historic’ racket he used during the Wimbledon tournament in 1966, and Nadal gave Santana the racket he used during the Monte Carlo tennis open last weekend. But the event wasn’t just about exchanging rackets, it was a promotional event for Rafael Nadal’s Foundation: Fundacion Rafa Nadal. Word is that Santana’s racket will be auctioned off at Rafa’s next charity auction.

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Keeping true to his humble self-Nadal apologized to Santana when he gave him his racket, “This is not so much history.” Not so much history? Can you be any cuter Rafa? Seriously. You’ve dethroned the world’s most arrogant number one, won five-straight at Monte Carlo, are about to do it again in Barcelona and have caused an absolute panic just for wearing sleeves!

Yes, Rafa has recently changed his wardrobe and it seems to be creating a panic among the Nadal Estrogen Brigade. Understandably so. And while I don’t really ‘cruise’ Youtube as much as I probably should, I’ve got some great readers to rely on for sporn-tastic video discoveries. Thanks to Ankita for sharing this video of Rafael Nadal with me…between the towels he brings home for his friends, his sweaty hair sticking to his face, his rolling up of the sleeve to show us his muscle, and his adorable way of thanking the crowd: “Thank you very much the crowd, I repeat everyday, but was always very nice with me” I’d say Rafa grossly underestimates his place in history.

But this is supposed to be a post about Rafa’s Foundation…which I’ve got to admit, is a bit of a challenge because he’s so damn cute I get sidetracked…focus…foundation…Nadal’s Foundation focuses on “promoting the sport as an integration tool for those who need it the most, such as handicapped, immigrant and socially excluded people.” (Sounds like an ideal place for R-Fed to get some help?) Please visit Rafa’s site for more info on his Foundation.

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As always, thanks for reading. Delinda@athlebrities.com