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2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and we all want 2020 to be Rafa’s thirteenth win at the French Open. This is unheard of in any sport. Rafa is 93 and 2 at Roland Garros, 24-0 in the last two rounds of Roland Garros and the stats just keep on going. The only other stat in tennis that will never be bested is the Isner-Mahut match. Of course, we all know who played “the endless match” at Wimbledon in 2010; 11 hours and 5 minutes over a 3 day period, with...
Rafa Fans Unite
Meeting die hard Rafa fans from around the globe is like being in a club. Sitting on the bus heading to the airport, we met “tres mujeres”, one with his logo tattooed on her wrist. She won his essay contest describing his “passion” for the sport, earning her and a friend to visit his old club, a visit with Rafa and dinner at his parent’s restaurant. I had to take this picture of a little French tennis fan. His father said yes, because Rafa fans are proud of our man. We are all in the ”Vamos” club.
Watching Rafa slide, suffer, punch it out, rally for twenty-five hits, use his drop shot in the most opportune time, riveting drop shots, volleying put aways on the terre battue is riveting. I have seen Rafa play in Monte Carlo, one of the most beautiful courts in the ATP, Roland Garros, US Open, Rogers Cup in Montreal and the Miami Open. Watching in real life is awe inspiring. But, when I am not able go to a tournament, I always find a nearby T.V. wherever I am. In 2010, we found a T.V. in the Nairobi mall upstairs. In...