Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Rafael Nadal - Double Delight in Indian Wells

According to the Washington Post, once again Rafa will team up with Marc Lopez and contest the Doubles at Indian Wells.

Rafa is not to shabby in this tournament having won here in 2010 & reaching the Semi Final last year.

Do you enjoy watching Rafa play Doubles?
Should he play Doubles after a month lay-off or is it good to spend time in a competitive match?

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Rafael Nadal - Owes The Taxman

Bloody hell Rafa, what are you playing at here!  Pay your tax like everyone else does.  This is a serious gripe of mine, you pay your way in society no matter how much or little.

Courtesy: Tennistalk

The Spanish tax man is preparing to take a big bite out of Rafael Nadal's fortune after the world No. 2 was sanctioned for some wrongful uses of Basque country tax incentives.

The tax chaos was revealed by Spain's El Pais newspaper. The controversy was sparked by Nadal companies set up in the Basque country in 2005 and 2006 designed to take advantage of a more liberal tax regime for the quasi-autonomous northwest region.

But investigations revealed that the Nadal companies actually did no business in the region, a key component of the lower tax rates, reported to sometimes be as low as one percent. Nadal and his advisers were forced to then change the headquarters of the companies over to his home island of Mallorca, where normal Spanish tax rates prevail.

While no one is suggesting criminal intent, the sly move will cost Nadal big-time. According to the media report, the Nadals "only came to San Sebastian (in the Basque country) to eat the steak."

The Basque tax regime is designed to promote business partnerships in the economically challenged region, but the regime may be due for a change according to El Pais.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Rafael Nadal - New Home

I have been to the Dominican Republic and I can honestly say that I did not like it.  Sitting on a private beach all day is not my idea of a holiday.  Of course, Rafa will be able to get some peace & quiet over there, as long as he does not venture into town.  The locals hassle anyone who looks like a tourist.  Shame really, they are poor and need money.

World number 2 tennis star Rafael Nadal is to attend a ceremony n the weekend of 2nd – 4th March to collect the keys to his multimillion dollar home located in the Residential Playa Nueva Romana, Dominican Republic.


The event will be attended by Senior Executives in the Dominican Republic and the Owners of the project along with Rafael Nadal and a host of renowned personalities worldwide. On Sunday 4th March there will be a special tour around the Samana area, where Nadal and others will experience firsthand the beauty of this incredible destination. Located in one of the most exclusive areas of the Caribbean, Nadal’s new home is a two level villa, with three bedrooms, a terrace, an “usual swimming pool” and plush gardens around. The project Playa Nueva Romana Residential is part of the Group’s expansion strategy, within the real estate division, a commitment to the development of tourist residential complex. Nadal’s home is located next to the Bahia Principe Clubs & Resorts in the Dominican Republic, offering residents the opportunity to enjoy all the resort amenities.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Spain Has Doping Problem - Sports Minister

Looks like this saga had gained new life!

"MADRID (AP) — Spain's sports minister acknowledged Tuesday the country has a doping problem that needs fixing after its record in the fight against drugs came under scrutiny with Alberto Contador's ban from cycling.

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Full Article Here

Rafael Nadal - Behind The Scenes - SI Photoshoot

Want more half naked Rafa? What a daft question, of course you do :-)

Courtesy: Rafaholic

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Rafael Nadal - The Swimsuit Model

February is a good month to be a Rafa fan.  Last year we had the Armani photos to cheer ourselves up with. 2012 continues the trend and brings us Rafa once again without his shirt but this time modelling swimwear along with Bar Refaeli for Sports Illustrated Magazine.

Here is a link to the SI website where you will find the official photos and a few videos.

Enjoy :-)

Friday, 10 February 2012

Rafael Nadal - What Is Going On!

What is it with the French lately?  I have only skimmed the articles over the past week but I guess they have gained a dislike for Spanish athletes in the wake of the Contador affair.

I won't post the video from Canal+ that has provoked such an outrage from the Spanish authorities, so much so that they are to sue the French TV company as I really don't want to get involved in this type of news.  I will not give a platform to unbased rumours, whether it is for or against Rafa.  Give me 100% proof of something I will post it.

In the meantime I do believe that Rafa has been training hard even though he is not due to play again until March at Indian Wells.  Let's hope he can put this mess behind him and get on with what is important, winning tennis matches!.