**UPDATE** A big GRACIAS to Henry from Bogota for doing an excellent translation of the video – see the comments section to read about Manolo’s wisecrack and Rafa’s self-improvement motto.
Boy, I wish I knew Spanish (or had an audio version of Google translate), because this video is one great, big Rafa Bomb! Good thing he’s cute, so the language barrier doesn’t bother me too much. . .
Most of the footage is of Tuesday’s promotional event at the Barcelona Open for Nadal’s charitable foundation: Fundación Rafa Nadal. He and fellow Spanish Wimbledon Champ, Manolo Santana, exchanged racquets for the cameras, with Manolo’s historic 1966 stick likely going to Rafa’s next charity auction. Here’s the scoop from HCFoo:
Santana gave the foundation his heavy wooden Dunlop racquet used in the year when he won the Wimbledon Championships. In exchange, Nadal gave Santana his modern Babolat racquet which helped him win the 5th consecutive Monte Carlo Masters last week. Nadal apologized to Santana and said, “This is not so much history (referring to his Babolat tennis racquet).”
Nadal’s foundation focuses on “promoting the sport as an integration tool for those who need it the most, such as handicapped, immigrant and socially excluded people.” Click here to learn more about Rafa’s foundation.
Cute photo bonus! Rafa hit the Barcelona practice courts in his foundation’s cap:
Nadal plays Frederico Gil of Portugal in the second round of the Barcelona Open on Wednesday.
Also cool: Tommy Robredo also stopped by the press room to launch the first Open Memorial Santi Silvas, a new wheelchair tennis event organized by Robredo’s foundation in honor of his good friend and wheelchair player Santi Silvas. The event will become the premier wheelchair tennis event in Spain. (Click here for more.)
Great work, guys!