Feli posted this picture on his Facebook today along with this cheeky message ...
"Ladies, your tennis instructor doesn’t know these moves."Feli, mate. All the men I've ever encountered in my whole life didn't know those moves ...
"Today I had a practice at another club and I was surprised because many childrens came!!"
"Hurrah! Finally got to see Rafa today.
We were planning on a fairly leisurely start this morning, when word came through via the Twitterverse that Rafa was going to practice on Court 15 at 11.30. Bags were rapidly packed and six English ladies ran to Roland Garros. Luckily we got there in plenty of time and saw our Spanish TV men who confirmed that Rafa would be practising there.
Rafa arrived on time to whoops and cheers and was practising with a little-known Frenchman called Maxim something or other. We know because some French people came and stood next to us and their tennis coach knows him ... apparently he qualified for the first round of RG last year.
Rafa was in red but his shoes were ... raspberry. I'll leave that to you to decide whether that's pink or red. For me, at the match, the shirt is pink (but red with your sunglasses on!).
Anyhow, his training was kind of normal, quite short today, but lovely to see him. His serve wasn't that great but other than that, it all seemed fine. We were standing in blazing sun, and it's a bit of a shame because the people that were in the shady bit also got autographs when he came off court.
After that we went and got an ice-cream and then went in to watch a bit of Reeshar, but came out after a while because we were boiling alive! I went and got some lunch and sat in the shade for a while before girding my loins to go in for the last few games of Reeshar's match. Thank goodness he didn't have his usual brain fart and managed to close it out in three.
Then :fanfare: it was Rafa time!
He got a great reception from the crowd, and the match was ok for a first round (especially compared to last year!), the serve could have been better and the focus went walkabout in the second, but other than that it was all good. We were sitting fairly close to the players' box and heard Toni shout "vamos Rafel!" when he was struggling to hold on to the second break.
After the match we went and had a beer to celebrate, but I wanted to see Serena for the first time so stayed behind to watch. It got to 5-0 in the third, I couldn't stand the crowd anymore, and was a bit worried about finding my way back, so I left...and of course missed all the drama!
I was proud that I managed to find my way back (ask Wooffs about my sense of direction! [its pants! love Wooffs]) and when I got to the hotel the Spanish TV guys got in the lift with me. It only turned out that one of them had lived in my home town for two years!
I re-met the girls and we went out to a Spanish restaurant where I had paella and sangria, and very nice it was too!
Tomorrow we are getting up early for a mad dash (hopefully) to the top of the Eiffel Tower before heading home, where I will spend hours uploading my photos for your delight!! ".
"I will check. I will let you know next time!"
This is his response via @carole_bouchard ...
"Nadal being adorably Nadal about the balls when I asked if he thought they were heavier:-
"I don't know, I haven't this kind of memory, let me think ..." and he thinks ;) "... ok I think they're faster than others at previous tournaments. But depends on weather so tough to say."So can we shut about it now, please ...
"Dining with Marcel and friends ... Ready for my debut at Roland Garros, tomorrow third round at 11am!"
"Bon soirée mes amies *hug*
Not long back in our hotel after dinner. Today has been scorchio. I have never been so hot at a tennis match. Sadly though, we were not lucky enough to see our Rafi today.Our hotel is close enough to walk to the tournament so we left at 10, arriving at the tournament site at about 10.30. Very excitingly they were giving out free magazines on the road down with Rafa on the front.When we got through the gates we spotted the Spanish TV men who told us Rafa was practising off site. It's v close to RG but you can't get in.
So we had a good look round the shops and I bought (draws breath):
*spend* a programme with Djokovic on the front :P*spend* the daily programme
*spend* the RG 2011 book
*spend* the RG 2012 poster
*spend* another RG book
I tell you, my arms were ready to fall off by the time we got back to the hotel tonight!
We had a bit of a look round the outside courts, but there were so many people it was quite difficult! Had a lovely ice cream and then decided to get into the court.
The first match we saw was a very shrieky Azarenka v Cirsteau, then a one-sided Li Na match, during which we were so hot that we left to seek some shade. We went back in for the first set of Djokovic, which I actually enjoyed until he won it, and then left again for refuge in the shade and a beer. Yum!
We then watched Simon, but what I didn't realise was that my new *squeeze* Berdy was on Court 7 and I could have watched that instead.
Anyway, we didn't stay for the end of Simon, it had been a long, hot and busy day so we headed home.
The good new is that Rafa is 3rd on Chartrier tomorrow so our holiday will end on a high before we come home on Weds. I think we may be near the players box tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled!
Hope all is well with you all, bonne nuit."
"The ball change is obvious. Last year they were fast and tough to control. So this year they're a little bit heavier."
"I think the balls are heavy. I think they're slower than last year."
"... is another year, another Roland Garros. This tournament is important enough in itself, not because now I have six. I have much more than I ever dreamed. I am coming here with the motivation of every year, with the desire to play well, and then we will see. But I'm not going to be more motivated because I have six and I can win seven."
"And I was not more motivated when I arrived here in 2005 than today. I was not more motivated in 2010 when I lost in 2009. The motivation always is the same. But this is a different tournament, and because I played very well at the three clay-court tournaments, that doesn't mean that I'm going to have success here. The only thing that means is I have three more titles in my bedroom that are very important for me. I love those three tournaments."
"I arrive here with positive feelings, and I will try my best to be very competitive and to be at the right level to have my chances."
"Enjoying the hotel's terrace with good friends! :)"