On a day where we were treated to a "Rafa" Facebook entry of an event that probably occurred three months ago and hence, we might have been better served with another ambiguous picture of Manacor Tennis Club, I'd like to bring you this link of a conference call held with ESPN's Darren Cahill and Chris Evert yesterday.
Darren and Chris spoke with the media about the up-coming Australian Open, and although I'm going to ruin the punch-line of the report by publishing Darren's comments here, can I just say that these words have resonated so much with me this evening and have served me better than some out-of-date Facebook entry.
Read them and VAMOS!!
Q. Darren, can you address the mysterious Rafa.DARREN CAHILL: You know what, for me I look at him and we never quite know the stuff that flows through the veins of champions. It’s a little bit different from us normal people. I feel like whilst there’s a big question mark about his game, I know he’s been out for seven or eight months now, this is a guy that you can just see it in his eyes when he steps onto a tennis court, you can see it when he’s put into a position when somebody is threatening him. The guy hates to lose.He won’t put himself back on a tennis court unless he’s ready to win. The guy will do everything he can to get back to where he was. If he does come back, he’s not coming back to be top 10 in the world, he’s not coming back for the money, he’s not coming back for anything but to win majors. When he does come back, and hopefully he will, he will be 100%. He will put himself into a position that he feels like physically he can compete with these best players in the world again.So that’s why I feel it was a little blessing in disguise, I know it’s not perfect for him, but blessing in disguise that maybe he’s not restarting his career in Australia because it’s a brutal thing for him to do on the hard courts. Looks like he’s going to play his first tournament in Acapulco, a clay court event, to ease his way back into the game.But make no mistake, if Rafa steps back onto the court, he’s stepping back onto the court to win tennis matches, simple as that.
Notwithstanding this, I would urge you to read the full interview anyway. I found it a truly fascinating, informative and great tennis piece about today's current players. Cahill also provides some really thoughtful comment about the infamous 25 second ruling ... so come on Fangirls!! Do yourselves proud and give it a read!! Hehe ... ;)