Rafa Nadal, Indian Wells 2016

Thanks a lot to Tony for sharing his story and pictures!

Despite attending the BNP Paribas Open every year since 2008, I have never been in an ideal position to take some good Rafa Nadal photos… until today! Rafa has been working hard on his comeback everyday since Saturday on the practice courts of the BNP Paribas Open. It seems crazy to say a player who’s currently ranked #5 in the world is “working on his comeback,” but that’s how high the bar is for Rafa–who is arguably the G.O.A.T.. It would have been better if there was sunlight on the court instead of shadow, but I’m pretty pleased with the results. I’m also pleased with Rafa’s awesome jersey-style tennis outfit and his $850,000 Richard Mille watch. Just another day in Tennis Paradise!

Rafa Nadal, Feli and Marc Lopez

Rafael Nadal at practice
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John Isner, Australian Open 2016

Ace machine John Isner defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-4 to reach the fourth round, where he’ll face another Spaniard, David Ferrer.

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Rafa Nadal

On the eve of the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori and a few other top players attended the IMG party at Crown Towers in Melbourne. Enjoy some pictures from the event:

The green carpet

2014 Australian Open champion Li Na:

Li Na (China)

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Kei Nishikori:

Kei Nishikori (Japan)

 
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David Goffin, 2016 Kooyong Classic

Congrats to 2016 Kooyong Classic champion David Goffin. Even though it’s only an exhibition, it’s always nice to start the year with a trophy!

David Goffin

David Goffin
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Feliciano Lopez, 2016 Kooyong Classic

The Kooyong exhibition is traditionally played the week prior to the Australian Open. Past winners include Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Lleyton Hewitt… This year, the draw is a mix of veteran players (Lopez, Almagro, Baghdatis…) and young guns to watch (Edmund, Zverev, Chung…). Thanks to Brian, enjoy a few pictures of today’s matches:

Feliciano Lopez

Gilles Simon

Gilles Simon

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